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Volume 1:
1-3) P.B.B. (act 1-4)
Junsuke is the number one companion in a host club where Shinobu used to work. They have been in a relationship for a year, but as they start to get serious, Shinobu questions his commitment. The story continues from where act 1 (chapter 4 of Gaten na Aitsu) left off. (features Maki Motoharu from Punch Up)

4) The Evil Worker's Folklore ~ Trial version
Short extra on construction workers and their uniforms.

5) Gaten na Aitsu
Yuusaku is dying for a trip and his dad fulfilled his wishes and he soon learns that his holiday maybe more than he bargained for (continuation after chapter 3 of Gaten na Aitsu).

Volume 2:
1-3) P.B.B. (act.4.5-7)
Junsuke follows Shinobu on his company's annual getaway. Love, sex, uneasiness ensues. Also includes a small extra Gift 1. (features Kouta from Punch Up)

4) One Day of a Certain Host
Junsuke spends his day while his lover is at work.

5) P.B.B. (act 8)
Junsuke clashes with the number 2 host Haruto. Also includes a short extra Gift 2

Volume 3
1-3) P.B.B. (act 7-10)
Shinobu meets Junsuke's brother, Yoshinari.

4) Yukata Hajimemashita
Club Dandy's special summer event. All the hosts dress up in charming yukata. Includes a series of four panel extras at the end.

Volume 4:
1-5) P.B.B. (act 11-15)
Yoshinari has a brother who happens to be a host. Longing. Disappointed. Rebelling. 18 years old, and he holds all those emotions.He also meets mysterious Arata who seems to have some hidden agenda?

4) Pregnat P.B.B
Motoharu from Punch up appears in Club Dandy

Volume 5:
1-5) P.B.B. (act 16-20)
It's a big surprise that even Yoshinari becomes a host a t "Club Dandy". One day, Yoshinari happened to see Junsuke kissing Shinobu and he realised that the reason for his brother's decision to continue his job as a host was Shinobu....

6.Doubting Man
Short extra

Volume 6:
1-6) P.B.B. (act 21-26)
“If I told you that I was thinking of going back home to take over my family’s inn, how would you respond?” Those words have finally been spoken by the indomitable No. 1 Host, Junsuke. If he quits, will that be end of his and Shinobu’s relationship? Shinobu also comes to learn about the serious incident that occurred with Arata’s older sister, one of Junsuke’s customers, which brings their relationship to a critical point! The popular host series finally draws to a close!


Related Series
Gaten na Aitsu (Prequel)
Punch ↑ (Spin-Off)
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

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
c.Act 22 by Fujoshi Bitches 4 days ago
c.Act 21 by Fujoshi Bitches 7 months ago
c.Act 20 + Extras by Fujoshi Bitches 8 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (142 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.9 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 15th 2018, 12:08am PST



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Original Publisher
Biblos (2003)
Libre Shuppan (2007)

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

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Animate USA (1 Volume - Dropped)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #316 increased(+192)
Monthly Pos #956 increased(+560)
3 Month Pos #2136 increased(+764)
6 Month Pos #3004 increased(+525)

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On 271 wish lists
On 148 completed lists
On 20 unfinished lists
On 252 custom lists

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
April 19th, 2008, 9:22pm
Indeed this is my favorite of the bunch and the most the dramatic too.....i have to say that sensei's work is always quite lovely but the intimate scenes between this one and not your stepping stone is truly amazing....

... Last updated on August 31st, 2011, 11:02am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mica363
August 16th, 2009, 10:47pm
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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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by luzzz
November 27th, 2008, 9:08pm
There is only one word to describe this manga: HOT! Kano Shiuko may not be the best manga illustrator out there, but there's just something about the way she draws her love scenes that makes it feel so raw and animalistic. And this quality is exactly what I want when I read yaoi - a story about *adult* men going at one another minus the drama and angst, but with a dash of humour. This is definitely one manga I can read over and over again - for the illustrations alone.
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Good but...   
Rating: N/A
by momomilk
January 31st, 2013, 4:41pm
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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yoneko
July 25th, 2015, 4:45am
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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Smex + Romance   
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0
by tmthuy
February 20th, 2013, 10:37am
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, 10:40am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Namiya
September 17th, 2012, 1:47pm
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   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chocoripeyes
December 3rd, 2011, 9:46pm
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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A Favorite   
Rating: N/A
by Laurenlena
March 16th, 2009, 10:25pm
Shiuko Kano is my favorite mangaka and I love this series. The problem is that the American company that published it has gone belly up so only the 1st volume is out in English. I want so badly to read the next volumes. I hope someone scanlates the rest.
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one of THE BEST   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by raphiq
July 29th, 2008, 1:30am
If you're a true BL fangirl, this is a MUST READ. Kano Shiuko is one of my favorite artists with very believable stories and characters. If you like men with a more realistic feel to them, then this is definitely a series to go for. The men in this series are not girly at all, as oppose to, say, Ayase from Okane ga Nai (not that girly guys are a bad thing, I like 'em too).
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