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Related Series
Punch ↑ (Spin-Off)
Gaten na Aitsu (Prequel)
Punch ↑ x P.B.B. (Sequel)

Associated Names
P. B. B.
P.B.B. プレイボーイブルース
Play Boy Blues

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.Act 25-26 + Extras (end) by Fujoshi Bitches over 3 years ago
c.Act 24 by Fujoshi Bitches over 3 years ago
c.Act 23 by Fujoshi Bitches over 4 years ago
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6 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (158 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.92 / 10.0

Last Updated
June 18th 2020, 6:30pm



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Original Publisher
Biblos (2003)
Libre Shuppan (2007)

Serialized In (magazine)
Magazine Be x Boy (Biblos)
Be x Boy Gold (Libre Shuppan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Be Beautiful (Defunct / 1 Vol)

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Sexy, manly and sexy...but with a surprisingly great plot!  
by Jessica_desu29
May 13th, 2021, 9:15pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I love Kano Shiuko's character designs. So masculine, I can't get enough! I love masculine ukes! Anyway, this is actually a really good story if you can get through the absolutely horrendous translations of volumes 1 to 4, especially the latter half of 2, and 3-4 (yuck). I loathe grammar usage errors, but thankfully the culmination of the story in volumes 5 and 6 were nicely translated. So there's a cookie at the end of the winding trail.

The relationship between Junsuke and Shinobu is fun to watch develop because they are so into each other, and I find the whole host club industry very curious. Junsuke is a sexual beast and eats the sweet-natured and equally yummy Shinobu up at every available moment, which is a treat -- Kano is so very skilled at drawing the most lascivious angles of sex! The introduction of Junsuke's brother was a bit of a strange detour but not bad, and I enjoyed seeing women getting intimate with these hot guys as well, despite their ill intentions. A bit of a soap opera, but still highly enjoyable.
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by OmNom
October 20th, 2018, 7:10pm
Rating: N/A
Well that was a journey; it was fun while it lasted. While the beginning might seem very outdated by now, combined with the sloppy and confusing online fan translation which might deter some readers away, I'm glad I stuck with this series till the end because it still brought me certain enjoyment despite all else. I ike the characters and wouldn't trade anything for getting to know this whole colourful cast. P.B.B. feels to me like the prototype for the mangaka to explore in various ways to polish her skills before she went on to write the spin-off Punch ↑ whose execution and disposition benefitted a lot from that improvement. Its length and age may seem daunting to new readers but those that have spare should definitely pick it up because you'll surely be entertained.
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by Yoneko
July 25th, 2015, 4:45am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I've read the first volumes like 20 times. Kano Shiuko is definitely my fave mangaka and this gotta be my favorite manga. I was caught up by both Shinobu and Junsuke, since they might be quite the opposite to each other. Shinobu is the lightest uke I've ever known, he's lovely and so humanly understanding, his character is so special. And Junsuke is the most intense seme I've ever known of, he made me fall in love with him too. Their relationship is so strong and intense, I love it.

... Last updated on July 25th, 2015, 4:54am
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by ragec
March 7th, 2013, 1:28pm
Rating: N/A
I like the first couple (Vol1 - Vol3) but the story about the main char's brother is disgusting. From yaoi to hentai is what i feel, sex with females like for 3-4 chapters. I get it that this character is innocent but to continue it for chapters to chapters is ridiculous.
It's really worth reading this manga if you like Punch up, but be warned that the recent chapters are like hentai (chapter 12- i think).
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Smex + Romance  
by tmthuy
February 20th, 2013, 9:37am
Rating: 7.8  / 10.0
The first volume is very enjoyable. However, things start to become a little bit repetitive from the 2nd volume onward. This is partly because each chapter features 1-2 sex scenes, and most sex scenes are not much different from one another. The plot is enjoyable, but not really groundbreaking. In overall, the manga is a good read, packed with lots of romances and smex. However, if you dislike the usual formulaic BL plot, please look somewhere else.
As for me, the translation for volume 3 was not very professionally done so I decided to drop the series in the middle of the 3rd volume.

... Last updated on February 20th, 2013, 9:40am
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Good but...  
by momomilk
January 31st, 2013, 3:41pm
Rating: N/A
I like it, but I got really annoyed when I got to chapter 11 when Junsuke's brother came into the picture. Like, he is such an idiot and I really cannot handle the amount of female sluts in volume 4. It's so annoying GAHH; I liked the whole story up UNTIL that point. So it only gets a 7 from me.
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by Namiya
September 17th, 2012, 1:47pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I like this manga a lot, even more than her usual works which have a rather awkward sense of humor.
This is a bit more serious, showing the difficulties of the two main characters living together, being together and the way their relationship develops.
I love how they both struggle with it all, afraid of commitment or seeking it, while maintaining the host job, the question whether or not to sleep with customers, jealousy, ... it's an entertaining mix of topics that come up and it's interesting to see them both deal with it.

I gotta say the scanlation sometimes is really annoying.
Have you noticed that the same guy is being called different names all the time in volume 2?
Once it's Yuusuke, then Kousuke, and they can't decide between Junsuke and Jyunsuke (Junsuke is the correct way).

Even if you aren't a fan of this type of plot, or if you don't like the characters, if you are looking for some really good smut then do read this!
I believed Watanabe Asia and Ougi Yuzuha to be my personal queens of sex but damn! Kano Shiuko-sensei is sooooo damn good at drawing sex scenes, she draws the men so well, all proportions are correct... I think she deserves that title as well!
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Definitely worth looking into  
by chocoripeyes
December 3rd, 2011, 8:46pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I originally gave this a 9/10 (when it seemed as if it ended at volume 3) but when I saw that she picked up PBB again, continuing onto a volume 4 (yay!) and read the latest releases, i bumped it up to a 10/10. Why?

Depth. She's known for her smut but I feel Kano Shiuko's characters have definitely matured and become a lot more memorable with PBB and Punch Up (another one of her recent awesome works). If you want to read a yaoi manga with depth and emotion to it, I recommend PBB. the beginning is reminiscent of her earlier works but as the story progresses, it's good stuff, I assure you smile
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by mica363
August 16th, 2009, 10:47pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I have to say that most of Kano sensei's work is pretty hot and definitely worth reading. But I think I really enjoy this series because of the slow growth of Junsuke and Shinobu's intimate relationship. We get to see them evolve into a more accepting couple on several levels and seeing the nice balance of love/hate/anger/comedy in P.B.B. just makes you want to continue reading it.
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by seraimes
May 17th, 2009, 1:13am
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
Sadly enough, I didn't enjoy it one bit. All her other works are interesting but this one is not to my liking, unfortunately. So confused as to whether I like the mangaka or not. Some of her works are really good, especially when it's serious. Her comedy mangas like this one requires certain types of humor. Also the characters in this one are so manly looking (very masculine and buff). I couldn't stand the sex scenes at all.
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