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1999 Shanghai  
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From Beautiful Soup:

"1999" is an angsty and widely varied series about a bunch of teenagers. One of them is the son of a drug lord and so as you can imagine, all sorts of shit goes down, surrounded by a backdrop of convoluted and fluctuating interpersonal relationships.

This is a plot heavy manga with some mildly-explicit sexual activity.

This plot takes a new twist to Romeo and Juliet's forbidden love. It's July 7th, 1999 in Shanghai and there are two gangs fighting for control. Only in the ceasefire zone do people live in peace. In a chance meeting Xiaoxue, who is part of the Toulon's gang, and Dawu, from the Xianglongji's gang meet by chance and without knowing they are enemies. In the heat of the moment Dawu takes him to a place he has the keys to in hopes Xiaoxue will join him, but is turned down. With a simple kiss he leaves Dawu not knowing they will meet again, but in very different circumstances


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Associated Names
1999 年七の月~上海
1999 July in Shanghai
1999 Nen no Shichigatsu
1999-nen Shichi no Gatsu - Shanghai
1999nen 7 no Tsuki Shanghai
July 1999 - Shanghai
Ninteen Ninty Nine Shanghai
The Seventh Month in 1999 - Shanghai

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.5 by Beautiful Soup over 12 years ago
v.4 c.2-4 by Beautiful Soup over 12 years ago
v.4 c.2 by Beautiful Soup over 12 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (326 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.32 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 24th 2017, 5:10pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Hanaoto (Houbunsha)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #742 increased(+23)
Monthly Pos #1429 increased(+65)
3 Month Pos #2518 increased(+301)
6 Month Pos #2836 increased(+593)
Year Pos #3765 increased(+244)

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On 226 wish lists
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perhaps one of the best out there...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chocoripeyes
January 10th, 2011, 5:00pm
you know something is REALLY good when while you're reading it, you actually FEEL your heartstrings being pulled...hard. it's sort of an aching feeling.

what's unique about this manga is how in intimate moments, they have a little or no dialogue...letting the story and the moment happening in the manga flow page by page. yes, the art is 90s, but for a series this good, the art works out just fine. this is a great story about true love, sacrifice...great stuff! just a beautiful storyline and manga - from beginning to the very end.

DON'T MISS THIS ONE! (seriously)
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MasamiAkane
October 13th, 2008, 11:32pm
I bawled, like a baby.

Artwork aside, it's such a great manga. That's not to say that it's bad, it was hard to get used to, but I found it unique and appropriate in the end. There were several pages where there are no words/dialogue and I found them very lovely.

Oh the angst! Read it and weep :c
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Beautiful - don't miss out!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zita3000
May 26th, 2015, 1:00am
This is such an amazing Yaoi manga that is so much more than your standard sex scenes. Unlike most other reviewers, I thought the art was gorgeous, even in the 90's style, and matched the angsty feel of the manga very well. The way the mangaka drew their eyes conveyed so much emotion, especially when drawn across panels. I had to admit, it was difficult at times to tell which character was who, but you learn to pick it up after the first few chapters.

The love between the characters also came off as very pure. It was very touching, and from the beginning you know it won't be your run-on-the-mill-happily-ever-after ending. The ending caught me by surprise actually and what took place illustrates how strong their love is. I highly recommend this manga. It had been on my wishlist for three years - I wish I would've read this sooner!

... Last updated on May 26th, 2015, 1:01am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sandmonkeywoman
January 13th, 2009, 5:45pm
I found this title highly enjoyable. The story-telling is great, really directional, which is typical of this mangaka (she rocks!). The story goes someplace, and you care about it, you're riveted while you read. Or at least I was. I liked the way she does narrative voice a lot, as well. It's subtle, but it directs the story. And the characters are great- sometimes they are highly unlikable, sometimes they break your heart- definitely complex. Shades of gray. As far as the art goes... yes, sometimes it is a little hard to tell characters apart. And some of her male bodies are a little oddly shaped. However, overall I liked the art. Especially the way the artist provides you with highly realistic backgrounds, and reuses shots (drying laundry from below, anyone? I really liked the way she reused that)
The story is old... it really is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. After the first volume, I found myself thinking, "Wow, this is Romeo and Juliet" only, as I think someone said in a comment, the yaoi version. Or West Side Story. A lot like the yaoi version of West Side Story.
Anyway, overall highly recommended!
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Great story   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by ogur
October 19th, 2008, 2:26pm
I liked the plot a lot. Especially the ending smile spoil, spoil smile It was extraordinary. I love unhappy endings as long as they make sense. Rose of Versailles is a perfect example of such nice unhappy endings.
Although the art is not of the best quality (I could not even distinguish the characters most of the time), since the story is so well-established, you should give it a try and read it.
I would like to read a sequel of this series. Yuchin and the little bot who admired him a lot would be an interesting couple. I hope the mangaka works on sth like that.
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so sad...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Shanni
May 26th, 2008, 11:59pm
by the end I'm sobbing nonstop

its so sad!!

but so good never the less


i recommend it
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A decent read ...   
Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
by kitty1826x
December 10th, 2014, 9:11pm
First of all the art was terrible. To the point where I could barely tell who was who. There was only two people I was always able to tell who it was, and that was only because that person was the only one with that hair style/length.
The story was interesting enough that I put the bad art a side and kept reading, but the only thing that irked me was the only female character. I kept wanting her to die.
Again interesting enough, but to me started flaming out a bit in the end, and was mostly predictable at how the last dramatic scene was going to be.

If you can get pass the bad art, and one annoying character, than give it a shot.
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Messily engaging   
Rating: N/A
by OmNom
November 20th, 2013, 1:27pm
This was one heck of a story. In a good way of course. I wouldn't say the characters are promiscuous, but it's true that they did have intercourse with different partners over the span of the story. However, surprisingly, I only came up with this conclusion after finishing reading the whole manga. It seems that I was so engrossed with the story I didn't notice that fact at all. That's when I was suddenly hit with the realisation: The story-telling, character development, plot progress, panelling, everything was done so well in this manga, one wouldn't even have time to look left and right to judge and comment at all. Despite the fact that the issues brought up in the story are quite heavy stuff, they were dealt with under real care and authenticity. I didn't have to cringe or feel sick because of the gore/blood/violence/sexuality like I sometimes do with other series. This truly is a sublime piece of work.

Normally I'd take much consideration about artwork into account, but somehow the mid 90s' style of art in here feels strangely suitable for the story, and it's not like it's horrible in the first place. I used to avoid this mangaka due to my strong dislike for some of her later works, but I gotta say this manga, especially when it was written almost 2 decades ago, is freaking brilliant, not just for its genre but for the whole package.
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pretty awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by happyliez
April 7th, 2009, 1:27am
Like others have said, this kind of reminds me of Let Dai crossed with Romeo and Juliet in a way....forbidden love, rival gangs, city backdrop -- the art is worse than Let Dai but has that same 80's feel to it. It is very good, very emotional, nicely paced....

It isn't blowing my mind away (yet), but it's a very good story, very well thought out. You grow to respect the mangaka.

One thing that's amusing is that I've just finished volume 2, and it suddenly seems like it's turning into one of those yaoi universes where *surprise surprise* everyone is gay. LOL. It's not contrived, but. Just. Lolz. Also. fuu fuuuu...A good thing about it taking place in gang-controlled Shanghai is that few people make it past 30, so everyone's young and beautiful. ♥♥♥

... Last updated on April 7th, 2009, 1:36am
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Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by Cheerthedead
June 24th, 2013, 12:52pm
This is the modern Romeo and Juliet for you.

You can feel it. Yes, you can feel it. The pain and the joy of the main characters. The storyline is wonderful. Bitter and sweetness mix together until the end. However, it does have some thing brighter than the classic Romeo and Juliet as it did tell you about a happy possibility (what i doubt that it 's not possible). You better prepare before you read this and for those who had already experienced Banana Fish this is something that may be in the same level.
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