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Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru  
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Associated Names
Das Spiel von Katz und Maus (German)
Il Gioco del Gatto e del Topo (Italian)
Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume wo Miru
Le Jeu du chat et de la souris 1 (French)
The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese
Zabawa w kotka i myszkę 1 (Polish)

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.Extra by PresenceDear over 12 years ago
v.1 c.5 (end) by PresenceDear over 13 years ago
v.1 c.3-4 by PresenceDear over 13 years ago
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in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)
1 Volume (Shinsouban in 2009, Complete)
1 Volume (Reboot edition in 2020, Complete)
1 Volume (All-in-one edition with the sequel, Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1016 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0

Last Updated
August 23rd 2020, 9:48am PST



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Original Publisher
Shogakukan (2006; 2009; 2020)

Serialized In (magazine)
Flowers (Shogakukan)
Judy (Shogakukan)
Mobafura (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Seven Seas (1 Vol - Complete)

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Love it  
by Rinshi7
April 3rd, 2019, 11:46pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I enjoy after school nightmare, so I found this one. I really enjoy the story. It’s not over the top, the typical BL series. The artwork is pretty enjoyable. The characters can be very complex but very different. I enjoy this plus the sequel.
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Messed up  
by IndiesGS
December 19th, 2018, 8:50pm
Rating: N/A
Mizushiro has a lot of good stories but this one is horrible. I don't know if she's bi-phobic or clearly clueless of the theme she tries to explore, but she'd better stick with fantasy-ish shounen-ai because her attempt to make story realistic made manga problematic instead.
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Great series.  
by nelnel-chan
June 15th, 2017, 10:16pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This is a series that I'm still hoping to get a licensed from one of the galley companies out there. I read a quite a few times especially when I first completed this series and it was very different from very other yowies that I read. It was very realistic very understandable and very sad as well. It's something that can relate to deep within my heart and understand these relationships compared to other yowies that I've read before and I still very much enjoy the series regardless how sad it was period I can totally understand the two characters point of view of being gay and not being gay and I really want to collect this series so much. So for those who are tired of reading your typical yaoi everyday I'm looking for more down-to-earth kind of ordeals I would say give this one a go.
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Easily One of the Most Controversial Yaoi Manga Ever (Part 1)  
by toastmuncher
December 26th, 2016, 3:44pm
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
Note: This comment is a self-contained reflection on this manga. I wrote Part 1 because I am also commenting on the squeal as well with the same subject title.

To be honest the plot and art were both off-putting for me. Normally, forced sexual relationships where Stockholm syndrome is normalized is anathema to me, and I avoid art form with this content. The plot of this manga is essentially the type that I hate the most because it just seemed to feed into the trope that "homosexuals are evil people who turn healthy, normal straight people gay" and the depiction of Imagase as this clingy, possessive, stalker, blackmailer, and to top it all off moody gay person was really off putting.

MIZUSHIRO Setona-sensei takes this very trop and shreeds it. Completely decimates it. As Baniita, has commented on the originality of this manga there are very few other things left to say.

One point that I would like to discuss is the concept of love that is depicted here. Mizushiro-sensei really does pose a good question; will we spend our lives with anyone as long as we know with absolute certainty that the other person unconditionally, and devotionally, loves us?
I feel that yaoi/shounen ai/yuri/shoujo ai/ trans/gender bender really operates on this principle, and that this form of love can be more clearly brought out within these genres exactly because they are stigmatized.

On a concluding note; given that this manga is so GREAT why am I rating it an 8.8? Well, that's because as I said in the starting this comment is a self-contained reflection on this manga. I am not going to link this up with the squeal and judge the prequel and squeal as one because that's just wrong. If I had to rerate it I would easily give this a 9.7.
In fact, it is the squeal that really made me appreciate this one; so much so that I had to re-read this to see what I missed before because of my prejudices.

... Last updated on December 26th, 2016, 3:55pm
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Yikes, what a man  
by moonmystery
August 3rd, 2016, 4:57pm
Rating: N/A
The wife was a b*tch, but the former college girlfriend seems like someone who can actually get along with and even change a douchebag coward like the main character, and I like her. Too bad this is a yaoi manga.

Anyways, the main character is the biggest as*hole I've seen thus far. He victimizes himself out of convenience, and expects others to allow him to keep acting like someone with no ties. He lies to others, cheats, and does all these terrible things, then makes up excuses for it.

I wonder why the gay dude fell in love with someone like this?
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by nezushi
January 13th, 2016, 1:44am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
This series is one of the earliest yaoi manga i ever read back in the day. And let me just say, i am so glad to have read it. First off, the story is very captivating. It begins with these two men having some kind relationship with each other due to blackmail, which was enforced by Imagase. Now this whole dark atmosphere surrounding the topic of adultery really caught my attention. It was interesting and i really wanted to know what the future held for these two. The characters were so complex and realistic.

The unrequited feelings Imagase had for Kyouichi could be felt at an emotional level. I was so immensely moved by how the mangaka portrayed his emotions throughout the series. It was truly heartbreaking, tragic and beautiful at the same time. So much drama and unexpected turns were shown in the sequel and in my opinion, the drama worked perfectly. Most stories i've read, drag on with so much unnecessary drama, but in the sequel it is something that feels so natural. Honestly, people who start out in new environments and relationships develop major insecurities and sometimes this negative feeling takes over you. And that's what happened to both of these characters and seeing how they dealt with their problems was realistic. These two characters are not easily likable and most people do not find them attractive because of their flaws. But the thing is, they are human and that's probably why. They aren't sugar coated.

I love this series so much and re-read it countless times because no other yaoi manga has ever made me feel so invested in a pairing emotionally. The art is simple and yet some of the scenes drawn out were really beautiful. This series is not in any way a fluffy love story, so if you're looking for something different and gritty read this.

... Last updated on January 13th, 2016, 1:56am
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Time Travelling and Surprises  
by pokepika2410
December 8th, 2013, 9:46pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Just kidding about the time travelling of course.

At first I was confused why this series had such a high rating, both MCs are pretty messed up and one's really wishy washy. I read the sequel and I gotta let the new readers know that it definitely gets better.

The sequel brings out the actual resolution
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
AND THERE'S CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I was really frustrated with Kyouichi's indecisiveness, I don't deal with MC bullshit, but
I stuck on, and I think so should you guys!
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I must be strange..  
by OmNom
September 9th, 2013, 3:21pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
.. to be among the few that didn't enjoy in the least bit this manga specifically and this series generally. The art was the first thing that put me off, but fairly speaking it's the characters and story telling that got me the most, in a negative way that is. I might have failed to see the sparks between the couple but it's the whole development that I couldn't get at all. The build that led to future happenings just baffled me terribly and left me unsatisfactorily unanswered. In short I didn't, no, couldn't, sympathise with anything, and normally that wouldn't be too good of a response would it.
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I have no idea what to rate this  
by that_mixed_child
August 4th, 2013, 10:32am
Rating: N/A
I honestly didn't like the characters very much, except for the girl. She was actually likable! When reading through this series, I was wondering by it was so popular and so well liked.
Then, while reading, tears started streaming down my face! What in this manga had moved me so? When most of the characters are annoying? I don't know, but it still made me cry. So much angst.

Anyways, overall, this manga has pretty good art, and a unique approach to the BL genre. Definetly different, and I'd recommend reading it and trying it out yourself!
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Refreshing, but characters can be annoying...  
by DuplusMus
August 2nd, 2013, 3:31pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
The art was not phenomenal, but it wasn't necessarily bad either. It was just fine.

The story is very refreshing and raw... it's very different from other yaoi.

However, as interesting and engaging as the plot is, the characters are a bit... eh. Not so much the light-haired guy, he just has a goal, and he's going for it, but he doesn't put up with TOO much bullshit, which is good.
The guy I have an issue with is the dark-haired one. He has an awful personality.
He's perfectly fine with cheating in his relationships (MULTIPLE times), and he never takes responsibility, he writes it off as the other person's fault, saying his only fault is that he is "too agreeable". And then, when he finds out the person he was cheating on/with is also cheating, he gets all pissy about it.
He is a weak and limp man in that respect.
The second huge annoying thing about him is that he keeps sticking with this stupid mentality, "I'm not gay! I just like it when this guy touches me and sucks me off!"
This is an accurate and realistic representation of the "denial mentality", and it adds more depth to his character. However, it draws out for far too long. And at one point he even straight-up calls his lover a "fag" in a public area. It was a very irritating scene for a very irritating character.
I just don't find it too believable that anybody would be even remotely attracted to this weak-willed, lying, cheating, offensive man...

Despite that character, I think this is still worth reading if you want an interesting, emotional and in-depth story for such a short read.
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