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1) The Turquoise Morning
A well known photographer named Jed Knox acquires a one-sided love from his time in a foreign country. Because the target of his crush, Sahab, said he would never love another since his wife died, Jed would never tell of his feelings. Oh but how Jed wished Sahab would love him even a little bit and that he could have Sahab's soul in his hands. Although ifrits (genies, etc) are magical wish givers in story, what could happen if they were real?

2) It's Time for Goodbye
It is the morning after and the student finally notices that the lover's room is exceptionally sparse.

A guy tells his friend that he's gay and in love with him, but his friend is surprised and leaves.

4) Playboy!
He has had it. His lover won't make love to him and refuses to stop seeing other women.

5) The Eyes of the Rose are Bombs
The prince-like Hansumi has an effect on everyone around him, except Mitsuda.

6) Aah Boyfriend
Suzuki can't stop fantasizing about his friend.

7) Garden of Despair
Isuka is still trying to come to terms with his feelings for his friend.

8) The Eyes of the Rose are Blind
Continuation of chapter 5.

9) Garden of Desire
Continuation of chapter 7.

10) Bad Boy
Continuation of chapter 4.

11) Go Go Boyfriend
Continuation of chapter 6.

12) Postscript


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The Eyes of the Rose are Bombs

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.3 by Nakama over 7 years ago
v.1 c.2 by Nakama over 7 years ago
v.1 c.1 by Nakama over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (181 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.45 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 21st 2015, 3:40pm PST



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Be x Boy Gold (Libre Shuppan)

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love it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kidoraku
August 13th, 2014, 11:23am
Most of sensei works are extremely unique, deep and full of angst, made on it's own pace with beautiful but a bit rough art, filled with real strong love, a kind that you can experience once or maybe twice or in your life, just outstanding and this manga is like that. Most of the stories are memorable. I loved the first one - extremely moving, also 5 and 6 but really all of them were great.
Enjoy !
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moved me   
Rating: N/A
by mrsseien
January 19th, 2014, 6:13pm
I couldn't follow some dialogues in a few stories and I really don't like it, when I am supposed to think on my own about how it should end. All stories were so dark, but they were so powerful...Hmm, I don't know how else to describe it, but the stories really made me feel SOMETHING, be it sadness, fear, tears, heartbreaking love,... I think I like this author.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lifeincircuit
September 1st, 2013, 1:30am
Amazing. One of my absolute favorites. It is artful, poetic, and mature. Very moving. Yamashita Tomoko continuously puts out inspired and intelligent works. This is one of my favorites among those. She is definitely one of the most underrated BL authors out there. This isn't just good for BL, it's good period.
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but less romantic than her other stories   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by tekiteki
July 15th, 2012, 1:15pm
Actually, I prefer her other works (she created quite a bunch of "shounen ai" manga stories during 2008 year ^^, and they all are great). Though these stories were well-done, they are too abstract and awkward for me.. But still I enjoyed it from first page to last!
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beautifully written   
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by gwkimmy
May 23rd, 2012, 12:12am
i really enjoyed the poetic way in which the first story and the garden of despair story was written. so much was conveyed with only a few words.

each of the stories was well written, however. if the story isn't tragic, it'll still pull your heartstrings in some way. fifth and sixth stories were the most lighthearted, but i still love the mature way in which each story was formed and the formation of the characters (i love the perverted guy in the 6th story. we're all guilty, aren't we?)

great one shot collection, would recommend.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Kinky-Chan
April 18th, 2012, 6:17am
This manga is pretty average, and sometimes I just can't seem to get what exactly is going on. Some of the stories is pretty nice and refreshing although the first story seems dark, but nevertheless, it's an enjoyable manga.
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First two stories serious, gets lighter   
Rating: N/A
by kaabi
February 20th, 2012, 2:57am
First off, I LOVE the first story. I remember reading it several years ago and not really getting it and guiltily thinking it was kinda boring, but now with a new appreciation of Arabic culture (thanks to Lawrence of Arabia among other things biggrin) and more maturity, I went back to read it again and absolutely loved it. The subtleties are great and you really have to read the work a couple times in order to fully understand it. Even after that it leaves you thinking at the end.

The second story I find to be a great commentary on the state of yaoi manga in general "I kept saying no and no until I cried, and you laughed at me and kept going" or something like that. It was a serious take on what REALLY happens in those sorts of relationships...

The rest of the manga was lighter and I would say more typical Yamashita Tomoko (at least typical of her more light-hearted works). I almost wish the manga had kept the serious tone from the beginning, but I suppose that would've been rather depressing... If she could be able to write more stories like her first one I think that would be really great, the yaoi world is in desperate need of such quality at the moment...
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by KaoriNite
January 19th, 2012, 9:38am
i love this. the writing was beautiful. it has a mature feeling to it, like emotionally mature. and i love that it was realistic. but i would probably describe this as a shounen ai rather than yaoi
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Rating: N/A
by zombiefetishlove
August 15th, 2011, 2:56pm
None of these make any sense. Maybe the translations were off or something but it felt like every story was actually the middle of a longer story...and so they ended without any real resolution. None of the characters were really interesting except for sahab, and i wish the author delved into the first story more, because it could have been the best one.

well, this is confusing and doesnt make much sense so i give it a 4 because the art is pretty.
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oh the sadness of love   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ameonna
October 5th, 2009, 7:02am
beautiful, just beautiful. forgive me that I can't find a proper word to describe how I am feeling about this manga right now, I just can say the first chapter was so deep and realistic that I was stunned. the same thing happened when I read the mangaka's other work, "Touch me again". I will never forget that story, that sadness and heart breaking love ... *sobs*
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