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Sakuhin Number 20  
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A collection of short, slightly bittersweet stories:

1&2 ) Tableau Numero 20
Ever since he discovered the rough sketch for a lost painting by the 19th century French artist Maurice Olivier in a library book, a modern-day art expert, also named Maurice, has yearned to see the actual painting. Is it the work of art he's in love with or its mysterious subject?
- The Moon in a Box

3) Just Not Like a Merry-Go-Round
Minoru has been in love with Kei-chan forever. "One hundred times. One thousand times. One hundred years go right by." Starting with a merry-go-round, and ending with a horse race... Minoru bets on a horse who keeps running but never catches up. If that horse wins.... maybe Minoru can too.

4) Rasgueado
Working in a no-name bar for petty cash frustrates Jesus, a beautiful professional dancer. Jesus prostitutes himself to tourists for extra money - but Aldero, an older man who plays guitar for the bar is sick of Jesus wasting his youth. Jesus loves Aldero and the sound of his music, but as life goes, he is forced to part with them.

5) en el parquet
A story about an old couple. One who has lost his memories, forever waiting for the man he loves; and one who must watch the man he loves wait for his past self.

5) le visiteur
Continuation of the Tableau Numero 20 story. Yves is still searching for Maurice Oliver - his love from the past - and one day he sees Maurice Oliver in the museum...

6) Extra - Sunday in Paris
Yves causes Maurice more trouble in the museum.

7) Extra - Monday in Paris
Al and Leon from Ultras are visiting France. Al met Maurice when he brought a group of children for a tour to the Louvre. The two bump in to Maurice at a cafe... with Yves trailing behind. Where did Al see that man before?


Related Series
Ultras (Adapted From)

Associated Names
Painting n°20
Painting Number 20
Tableau Numéro 20
Tableau Numero 20

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.4-5 + Extra 2 by The Moon in a Box (2819d ago)
v.1 c.3 by The Moon in a Box (2851d ago)
v.1 c.Extra by The Moon in a Box (2958d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (116 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 4th 2016, 9:21am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Be x Boy GOLD (Libre Shuppan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
SuBLime (1 Volume - Complete; Digital/Print)

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Weekly Pos #730 increased(+267)
Monthly Pos #2250 (No change)
3 Month Pos #3117 increased(+581)
6 Month Pos #4520 increased(+1113)

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On 116 reading lists
On 151 wish lists
On 427 completed lists
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oh my, what i've just read... I absolutely love this story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kidoraku
July 27th, 2015, 5:02pm
There's one fine long beautiful and touching story in the beginning. Well... maybe not so long but you have an impression that it took at least one volume. A real gem, with strong plot and background. There's mystery, cheating, love-hate relationship and strange longing, honestly, there's a lot more, you'd better find it out by yourself. It took me by surprise - I failed with predicting the end of the story - it was nice. Also the art is up to my liking, a real-life kind, a bit sketchy but it suits the story. Also the sex scenes are quite decent. I like this a lot, it made me feel various kinds of feelings. I'm delighted, I'm sure I'll reread it a few more times, it was fun. There are other stories in here, generally the whole thing is far away from being average.

It's definitely worth to read although it may not make the same impression on people who prefer "cute" stories.
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Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by 801crazed
March 30th, 2015, 2:27pm
The main story was lovely and beautiful but the shining gem was "en el parquet". This story was about an elderly
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couple, with one partner suffering from what seemed to be Alzheimer's. Very touching and heart warming.
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Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by justasideshow
May 13th, 2012, 7:18pm
I though that the concept was great. All the oneshots begun well, I just didn't really get to connect with the characters. When I was just starting to like the story, it would end... Anyway, it's still a good read.
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A Lesson in Art History.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SailorPokemon
June 2nd, 2011, 6:30pm
So, honestly, I think Est Em writes what I think seem to be, the most intelligent BL manga out there. They're so well thought out, so interesting and unique to the BL-universe. This manga is no exception to that either.

It's almost dazzling, how you feel like you're in Maurice's place, yearning after the person in the painting that you've loved for all your life. Though Yves Also, after having taken Art History this year, I had was ecstatic when they mentioned Eugene Delacroix.

The first story was probably my favorite, but I happened to fancy the others quite a bit as well.

I also love that Est Em's stories tend to take place all over (well, France and Spain primarily) rather than just in Japan.
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grips your heart   
Rating: N/A
by torride
May 22nd, 2011, 10:47am
this manga was sooo beautiful...the art was beautiful, the plot, and foreign setting was also a plus. If you're in for a mellow emotional ride to yaoi this one is perfect. I cried every time! but don't get confused, this isn't a tragedy....just a soft drama, give it a try!
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AislinCeivun
December 2nd, 2010, 7:06am
My first manga from Est Em, and I have to say I'm impressed. Her stlye is very unique, though maybe it's not for everyone's taste. There are more oneshots in this manga, but the first one (the title story) was the best in my opinion. It had everything in it to became a truly unforgettable and memorable piece of work. Since I'm a hopeless romantic I was a bit sad at the end but
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after reading the three extras (I'm not sure they all are included in the book because two of the extras were posted separately on the site I downloaded it) I cheered up. Seems like Yves still continues to come out of the painting to Maurice from time to time. :D I was sure that he went back for good at the end of the oneshot so I'm happy to see otherwise, and thus I don't have any complaints about it now.^^

The other stories were enjoyable too, so I definitely recommend this manga. Main story is 10, the others are 8-9. Read them. wink
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a sad beautiful landscape   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ameonna
October 28th, 2009, 3:59am
a very skillful and artistic plot, one great story. it is a one shot but still it really surprised me. it is both sad and lovely in the same time, the story of a soul which ran away from the cage of a frame to finally finds his peace in the arms of a lover. truly beautiful, I just adore this author and her stories, she will be one of top 10 in my great manga ka list for ever.
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