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Zettai Kareshi   
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v.5 c.29 by Syuura over 17 years ago
v.6 c.30-32v2 by Aerie Scans over 17 years ago
v.5 c.28 by Syuura's Angels over 17 years ago
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6 Volumes (Complete)
3 Bunko Volumes

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Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (1310 votes)
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Sho-comi (Shogakukan)

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Chuang Yi (4 Volumes - Dropped)
Viz (6 Volumes - Complete)

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Thought I'd check this out again out of nostalgia...  
by SerenityRose
March 26th, 2022, 9:55am
Rating: N/A
I never got to finish reading this when I was a teenager and I was feeling nostalgic. I looked this up online and I accidentally had the ending spoiled for me. This is one of the few cases where I'm glad the ending was spoiled as it saved me from continuing with it.

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This series starts out as a fun, lighthearted comedy romance, but at the end, Night dies and the ending is ambiguous. It's implied that she ended up with the other dude. Why such a downer ending? This isn't the first time this author has done this sort of thing with the ending a series.

... Last updated on March 26th, 2022, 9:56am
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Good, bitter sweet but good  
April 12th, 2021, 11:46pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
It's not all to plot driven but did good for only six volumes. I expected no less from the creator Watase Yuu. It Chobit's but I dare say more enjoyable for a quick read.

Update: so looking back I should have gave this a better review. One thing this comic is good with is the romance. Reiko our main girl pretty much is just desperate to get a boyfriend but then realizes how valuable a relationship is. The ending is disappointing but it's not like you couldn't see happening from a mile away. I read this 3 to 4 times. The main male lead is charming and the characters are just outright funny.

... Last updated on June 22nd, 2021, 10:50pm
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Good Read! I'll love you forever Night!  
by Arisu Alice
July 16th, 2020, 12:05am
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
Story was good overall made me cry at parts but a lot of predictable parts, with drawings of really hot guys 'YAY'. Loved the male lead Night, while the others were okay. Wished the side characters would get a side-story because they were all lacking and seemed like strangers passing by to fill up a big room, just to fill it. The story focused more on the love-triangle which was entertaining but lead to the predictable ending.
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I wished that we would've seen Night waking up or have him becoming more like a human without the need of the company. Really sucks how he didn't get a happy ending that he deserved. Riiko and Sou can have their happy ending but I really want Night living and not a corpse, get him rebooted so he can be someone's absolute boyfriend; who will treat him well without the company screwing up his love life instead of a side-boyfriend for when a girl is lonely due to environment issues, which reminds me of how bad the side characters were. So much wasted potential on mediocre character stereotypes who could've been fleshed out more and added something good to the story. The ending left me unsatisfied. Beginning and middle was good until the third guy shows up. I guess she needed him to understand that she does love Night, but she was acting the same when Sou was leaving to Spain so maybe in the end she still liked them both, which meant in the end she still didn't love any?

... Last updated on July 16th, 2020, 10:19pm
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I rank it 10 for the first four volumes, then it becomes a 2  
by darcy3
January 27th, 2020, 10:13am
Rating: N/A
In order to really enjoy this series, you have to realize some things:

1. It's first genre is comedy. It's more of a comedy-romance then the other way around. It's mainly about the shenanigans that an average high school girl finds herself in when she accidentally orders a sex robot who then goes to her school as her boyfriend. She also has to deal with the wheeling and dealing salesman who sold the robot to her, as well as some other meddling employees from the futuristic robotics company. As expected, she gets into some hilarious shenanigans, some of which remind me of other comedy works such as those from Rumiko Takahashi. If you love works like that (which I do!) then you will love this series.

2. It's also a female fantasy work. If you are going into this expecting a realistic shoujo romance, do not read this, this is not for you. I don't know what all of these reviewers were expecting from a manga where a girl orders a sex-robot from the future. The main character has two guys madly in love with her, and being a female fantasy work, she does nothing to discourage it or decide on one, thus continuing the atmosphere of the comic for at least the first four volumes. If you want a work where the main character is constantly reevaluating her feelings and choosing between two members of a love triangle, well, there's about a billion shoujo series that feature that, so you'll have no trouble finding one. This work purposely goes out of its way to avoid the main character choosing and thus preserving the premise of the comic while allowing the comedy and the female fantasy elements to shine.

TLDR If you're the type that enjoys a hilarious comedy romance with exaggerated situations and female fantasy elements then this manga is top-notch.

Some thoughts:

It's ironic that in a series about a robot being created to be the perfect boyfriend, I found that Night was actually more of a flawed character than Soshi, the human. Night was so naive and cute, and was trying his hardest to improve for Riiko and to understand humans better. Soshi was more of the stone-cold, ideal man type. His only flaw in the series was confessing to Riiko too late, when she already had a boyfriend (this is his fault!) So I was definitely rooting for Night over Soshi, as Soshi is too one-dimensional of a character.
And for people rooting against Night solely on him being a robot, if you dislike the premise of a girl dating a robot, why are you reading a comic about a girl dating a robot?
I don't have much to say about Riiko, I liked her a lot and found her relatable. She often got the best lines on the page, which is what you want in a MC. I loved Gaku and many of the other weird characters such as the two Kronos Heaven employees from Vol. 4.

Now onto the last 2 volumes:

I was firmly in the tank for this series, until the situations went from exaggerated to just plain stupid. The series went off the rails in the last chapter of volume 4, so if you read up until then, just take my word for it and stop.I can rant forever but
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starting with Night being turned into a small figure/toy, the events were just painfully stupid, and wrecked the female fantasy aspect of the series. Then more god-awful events happened: Night gets sick, (my god how he's a freaking robot) then all the sudden the company wants to destroy their relationship for some reason (?), then there's a female robot for like 2 chapters, and all the company presidents are babies (yes, this is an actual thing that's in the comic). I get that it's a comedy but the pacing all of the sudden went at lightning speed and the events that were taking place weren't explained well and weren't fun to read.

On to the ending:
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Riiko ends up with Soshi because Night freaking DIES. How is that an acceptable ending? It was clearly a cop-out, just because the author didn't like the premise of having her main character end up with a robot for the rest of her life. And I get it, she suddenly had to consider the romance/realistic aspects of her work separate than the bulk of the comic, which was just comedy. But why give your comedy work a tragic ending? She could have gone with any ending given the exaggerated nature of the work. She could have left it undecided, or end up explicitly with both guys, or returned Night to the company, or walked off into the sunset with Night not really discussing the future. All of those endings would have fit the tone of the work a lot more than a sudden death of the love triangle lead.

In an ideal world this series would have kept the momentum from the first four books and continued as a comedy series for quite a few more volumes. Instead we got a barrage of ridiculous events in vols 5 and 6 and of course, the ending that was one of the worst decisions possible.
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OK, but not good  
by Nyajinsky
July 19th, 2015, 3:58am
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
I have to say this one is one of the better works of Watase Yuu, probably only because of the ending. I don't really like or enjoy her works, but I like her gag jokes which are found in the whole manga and her other works as well. But that's the only good point about it. It was an average shoujo for me; maybe a bit worse that average, but I liked the jokes and the ending.

The story
Riiko is whining about not having a boyfriend at age 16(?), getting constantly rejected by everybody. The manga starts with one rejection, a funny one too.
Desperate, she ends up ordering a boyfriend through the internet. This boyfriend is perfect. Nice, handsome, knows everything and is really really sweet to her. The problem is that Riiko tends to forget that Night is just a figure.
Some troubles follow: money, bullying, other unexpected boyfriend candidates and we get out with a very usual but not so usual as Night was a robot, love triangle with her neighbor and childhood friend Soushi. And that's the story.
What made this manga bad was Riiko getting in situations, conversations and thoughts about her losing her virginity. There were so much of these scenes I would say it was smut, if I didn't read a smut manga before. I could live without these parts, thanks.

Art was fine. I've seen better, but for an average shoujo it was enough. Good proportioned bodies and such. It was easy to tell the characters apart, but that could be because of the extras: hair color, glasses....

The only thing worse than the story were the characters. Let's start with Night, the perfect boyfriend, as he didn't have a difficult character. He was perfect, jealous, but didn't let it show at himself. I always suspected he never really loved Riiko, as he was made for loving the girl that kisses him. And that's what Riiko did. I never saw him as a human.
Riiko wasn't that weak as other shoujo heroines, but she was clumsy and a bit stupid. Then Soushi, her childhood friend, the typical shoujo hero: perfect, can cook, is funny, cares, bishounen...... I pitied him a bit. He should go for somebody else than Riiko. I still can't get it, why he did what he did at the end. Although he could tell her sooner that he likes her. What a chicken.

I also didn't like that everyone was a good person, not considering what they did. For one thing, Riiko gets bullied one time. And at the end, she saves the bully and even says sorry. Come on girl, it's normal to get angry. For another, there are her parents. They are never home. She is minor for god's sake. and then they come home and her father is against Night of course. And father still thinks he has a right to say anything in her life. You failed as a parent, deal with it. Riiko can't rebel at all. I don't remember seeing her angry for herself.

no. A bit just for the jokes, it was also readable so nothing horrible. I remember when I read it first time, I actually liked it. Good thing it was so short.

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I think that Night's death was for the best. He never was human, even if he thought so. It would feel uncompleted if he stayed with Riiko till the end. Soushi came back to her and I really really liked that. Although - poor Soushi. I never could forgive her. She left him after all. But I still take it as his happiness so it's okay. Many people dislike the tragedy, but it definitely increased my rating.
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by sarin68
April 16th, 2015, 6:16pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
The manga is cute but I just found myself supporting the protagonist with another guy, not the doll. Maybe he's just too perfect, despite that being the premise? The other characters just interested me more than he did.
Still love the manga and recommend it to anyone who is into shoujo.
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by Disgorged
January 10th, 2014, 11:22pm
Rating: N/A
I think the author did a rushed job with this series. While keeping the same number of volumes, some of the irrelevant arcs could have been skipped. The series also does not focus at all on Night's near-human transformation. Also, there was no romantic progression between Night and Riiko. Riiko fell in love right away and stayed that way till the end. In such respect, the live action drama does a far better, might as well say an amazing job in overcoming these shortcomings. Riiko cannot accept Night because it's a robot and takes a while before accepting him only when she realizes that he has overcome his programmed self. Night, on the other hand, is always struggling to overcome his robotic nature to get close to Riiko. His struggle and eventual success in developing human ego, and his efforts to make Riiko happy are what's missing in the manga. In the end, it even makes Riiko lament that she should have been nicer to Night and understood his feelings sooner. All these events and progression makes the ending far more sadder than the manga. Of course the manga came first and the author didn't have this in mind, but if you watch the drama the manga just appears too bland.
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First Manga  
by Minako_Kimi
October 15th, 2013, 7:54pm
Rating: N/A
This is the manga that swept me into the world of manga and anime. I have the whole series and it was just so fun and interesting that i would remmend anyone looking for a comedic love manga to read this one! It will hook you and then make you cry at the end. It was such a surprise. After reading this manga I wanted to go on a dates like they had! Still love the series so much and read it when the internet is down.
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by Olivialives4smut
October 9th, 2013, 9:20pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
One of the very first shoujo manga I everr read. Even bought the whole series. Yet I can't bring myself to read it again. Its definitely a one time manga for me and its mostly because of the ending, I don't think I can bring myself to read something so sad again. But other then that, it was a great story and it really hooked me to shoujo because before that I only read shonen didn't even know there was a girly type of manga. I give it two thumbs up!
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by ShinyMew
October 3rd, 2013, 6:00pm
Rating: N/A
I can't really say much about this since I haven't read the manga in a year or two (I'm forgetful). The art was nice, I loved Night; the girl is a bit annoying. The next door neighbor is my favorite; sucker for those. The whole dating-robot was...unusual for me, so that's a first.
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