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Kage Aru Tokoro ni  
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Pediatric surgeon Nakamichi grapples with grief when his older lover, hospital director Tsutsumi, is critically ill following a stroke. His problems are compounded when the younger Tsutsumi, the director's son, begins working with him as a new intern. Tsutsumi junior dislikes Nakamichi on sight, and he soon reveals why: he knows all about his father's illicit affair with Nakamichi.


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Associated Names
Light and Shadow
Where There is Shadow...

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.5-6 (end) by Half-Baked Scanlations over 9 years ago
v.1 c.4 by Half-Baked Scanlations over 10 years ago
v.1 c.3 by Half-Baked Scanlations over 10 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (182 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.78 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 6th 2016, 4:12am PST



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Dear + (Shinshokan)

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Could use more polishing   
Rating: N/A
by OmNom
February 2nd, 2018, 7:55am
I actually really like the idea behind this story and the authenticity that the mangaka successfully created for her characters. I just wish the presentation was a bit neater and more engaging as a story-telling medium, but then again I do understand this manga was produced during the earlier stages of sensei's career, and she has vastly improved her craft since then so it's not so much of a problem for her any more.
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Realistic Romance   
Rating: N/A
by lilithilk
March 31st, 2013, 10:54am
This is a manga with a working story in perfect pace. There are no usual "angst for angst sake" scenes, nor do they jump into bed after the third panel (Not that I have anything against thosesmile) In fact there are no smexy sex panels. What this manga is, is a fairly realistic, romance story, with a good ending,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
even though I would have wished to see them kiss at least!

If you are looking for an unfolding story, this is your manga.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mink2
January 4th, 2013, 3:03am
This is truly a masterpiece by Nishida-sensei. I didn't expect this story to be good, and it managed to make me cry a tearful (from sorrow and happiness too). If you like yaoi with beautiful story line, you should really try this. Kage Aru Tokoro ni is now one of my favorite!
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Very good   
Rating: N/A
by tmthuy
November 7th, 2012, 12:14pm
It was fairly realistic, much better to the usual formulaic yaoi manga I see nowadays.

This manga is heavy on content, and there are rarely, if no, smex scenes. So if you are looking for some smutty goodness, check out Zaria or Watanabe Asia.
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by lifeincircuit
September 3rd, 2011, 9:29pm
I really enjoyed this one. Maybe I'm forgetting something, but I wouldn't really call this yaoi(I can't recall any sex at all, unless you count being naked in the same room and not showing anything?). This isn't a complaint at all, just noting it. Anyway, I loved the characters and there is really nothing that gets to me more than seeing a grown man cry(for legitimate reasons rather than just being a stereotypical yaoi uke). I love this mangaka's style. This had a great flow and subtle humor that felt mature, but not too dark. More like stylized real life.
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Complex in its Simplicity   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MightyMaeve
July 26th, 2009, 8:33am
She has pacing - both in sharp, clever, meaningful dialogue that says a lot with a little, and in expressive and purposefully chosen illustrated scenes that are clear, clean and simple yet full of bang.
She has tension - both sexual and story spell weaving that takes the reader on a solid, relay-able plot. She is probably one of the best short story tellers I have ever read - impact, depth of meaning and breathtaking art...

A lot of her stories have men that are not a 6 on Kinsey's scale of sexuality; rather, there is a fluidity in range and much unsurity.

Her art and panel layout choices are dynamic with such few lines! She always does seem to stop about 2 pages before I want her to, but she leaves me feeling like maybe she knew best when to stop.

... Last updated on July 26th, 2009, 8:35am
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Bittersweet but lovely   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by brid
May 9th, 2009, 1:25am
If you like Nishida Higashi, you'll like this manga. So if all you need out of your yaoi is wispy bishonen, more sex than plot, and clear-cut uke & seme roles, then you had better look elsewhere. If you actually like to read a thoughtful manga every once in a while, then stick around.

There are absolutely no easy answers here: neither lust nor love conquers all obstacles. The objections Nakamichi raises to a relationship with Tsutsumi are reasonable ones, and the manga treats them as such, rather than with the usual exasperation directed at a silly uke only looking to prolongue the inevitable. Their relationship IS inappropriate for a number of important reasons, not the least of which is that Nakamichi needs to work out his grief for Tsutsumi's father first before he can move on. The manga is sensitive enough to recognize that the grieving process is unique to the individual, doesn't end at the drop of a hat, and is often something people have to work through on their own, regardless of whether or not a cute kid is waiting in the wings to speed the process along. Grief can't be rushed. This is a very human message, which I appreciated.

I also appreciated that neither Nakamichi nor Tsutsumi could be regarded as a saint. At bottom, both were decent human beings, but both of them did things which could be called ethically questionable, so the manga never tried to force you to sympathize with one guy over the other. My only objection to this manga is that Tsutsumi's romantic feelings for Nakamichi seemed to come on rather suddenly. Although we could certainly see that he cared for him a great deal prior to that, the leap from "I'm concerned for you" to "I love you desperately" was too great for me. Other than that, I enjoed this manga quite a bit and have no problem recommending it to fans of yaoi with strong plotting and characterization. smile
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Light and Shadow   
Rating: N/A
by deathbypenguin
April 15th, 2008, 4:01pm
I'm starting to really like this mangaka. Her art is plain, but proportional. Nothing special there. Where it really shines is plot. I recommend this to anyone who likes BL with plot. It's unpredictable, like real life. I would argue that this belongs in the slice of life genre. Also thought I should mention that this is light yaoi (kissing and partial nudity. that's it). And Even though it's comedy it's also sad. (refer to description)

... Last updated on April 15th, 2008, 4:02pm
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Very good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by silent
March 10th, 2008, 8:33pm
Excellent excellent!!!
Very different but interesting ^.^
I liked very much
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