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Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai  
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Yakuza Yashiro, who only ever loved Kageyama, meets a new bodyguard, Doumeki Chikara. Unfortunately, the latter is impotent.

The masochistic, lewd and beautiful yakuza Yashiro and his silent, clumsy, impotent subordinate, Doumeki. This is the story of a man who has never known happiness and of a man who is reborn by getting to know him.

Vol 1
* Don't Stay Gold
A Yakuza boss really wants this "Mad Dog" fighter he found to work for him, but the "Mad Dog" isn't too keen on the idea, even though he owes a debt. After being injured and refusing to go with the boss, the "Mad Dog" winds up staying with the doctor for a few days. Will the "Mad Dog" give in to the boss to pay off his debt?

* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 1 - ch 3

* Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu
Yashiro has ...issues (more like a whole damn subscription). He's a masochist with slightly sadistic tendencies who gets off more with guys. Otherwise he's your average high school student. Recently though, there's been this annoying classmate Kageyama who seems to think its his duty to supply Yashiro with band aids for the results of his sexual exploits; through various events they get closer and soon Yashiro develops more than normal feelings for Kageyama but will he experience his springtime of love or remain drowning in unrequitted affection? A yaoi love story with a twist (and a rope or 2). Prequel to " Don´t Stay Gold"

Vol 2
* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 4 - ch 10.5

Vol 3
* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 11 - ch 16
* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 16.5 (tank extra)

Vol 4
* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 17 - ch 22

Vol 5
* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 23 - ch 28


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Associated Names
Певчая птица крыльями не машет (Russian)
囀る鳥は羽ばたかない (Japanese)
鸣鸟不飞 (Chinese)
지저귀는 새는 날지 않는다 (Korean)
A szárnyaszegett énekesmadár (Hungarian)
Don't Stay Gold
Pájaro que trina no vuela (Spanish)
Saezuru Tori ha Habatakanai
Songbirds Never Fly
Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu
The Songbird Doesn't Fly
Twittering Birds Never Fly
Złamane skrzydła (Polish)

Groups Scanlating
Blue Spring Scans
Dangerous Pleasure
Dirty Shoe Re-translations

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.28 by Lustful Cat 2 months ago
v.5 c.27 by Lustful Cat 2 months ago
v.5 c.26 by Lustful Cat 2 months ago
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5 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (897 votes)
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January 19th 2018, 6:03am PST



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ihr HertZ (Taiyo Tosho)

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Juné (3 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ohemeffgee
March 17th, 2014, 3:25pm
Saezuru is basically a story about two very different, broken people who find in each other something precious. They're both slowly fixing the other (and not through rough sex, as usually happens in yaoi). It's full of melancholy and sadness (especially if you include Yashiro's prequel), but out of all that filth and tainted emotion shines the purity of Doumeki and Yashiro's relationship. Doumeki would literally do anything for Yashiro, and sincerely, truly accepts and APPRECIATES Yashiro for who is. The masochist, the "public toilet," the yakuza boss, and, most of all, the kind, broken person underneath all of that, who has suffered so much--all of the facets of Yashiro are precious to Doumeki. It's so touching it nearly moves me to tears, because isn't that what we all want? Someone who loves us unconditionally, despite all of our issues.

Yashiro himself has got to be one of my favorite manga characters ever. His dark humor and unexpected tenderness (especially toward Doumeki), the depth of his heart (
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
that scene where he begged on Kage's behalf
), despite all of the horrific crap that he's been through--that's real strength of character. He never whines, complains, or cowers, even though basically anyone else would in his place. Unlike 99.9% of all the main characters in yaoi, the reader actually feels like he deserves the unfailing devotion (and more!) he receives.

Doumeki's presence in Yashiro's life is also slowly changing Yashiro. The scene when Yashiro comes back to Doumeki in the movie theater--argh. I'm never sappy about yaoi, but I have to admit that my heart throbbed in my chest. Yashiro opens up to Doumeki in a way that he obviously has never been able to before, and it makes you truly hopeful that one day, he will be happy. For someone whose whole life revolves around pain and sex, to meet the one person who would rather kill himself than cause you pain, and with whom you can't use sex as a barrier or a They're made for each other.

I don't understand how people can say that this isn't a complex, psychological story. It is. It is incredibly touching, deep, and in my opinion, heartbreakingly sweet and tender, in an unexpected but profound way. I've never described a yaoi manga (or any manga at all) using that sort of language, but this one popped out of nowhere and smacked me hard in the face with its depth. I was truly moved by the relationship, and while I usually despise unrealistic happily ever after's, I find myself hoping that Yashiro and Doumeki get one.
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by sademerkki
March 18th, 2013, 4:13am
I'm drawn to this manga because Yashiro reminds me of myself so much. I never experienced sexual abuse like he did, but I'm no stranger to other forms of abuse and neglect. I've also never indulged in or wanted pity and in the past have resorted to sex to cope cause it was a better option than drugs. : )
I can say that people who have been abused often have quirks and a twisted way of expressing their feelings. We also tend to shy away from relationships even if we're lonely. It's always easier to not show your feelings and take a humorous view of life.
Getting angry never really helps and survivors are mostly occupied by trying to make their lives work with their various social inadequacies. I always think that it would be nice if people would seriously try to understand others rather than just accepting surface appearances, since despite my cold exterior and sometimes blase attitude, I really care about the people around me a lot. It often takes a long time for people to realize that.
For instance, a former co-worker and acquaintance of mine died recently and I was mostly unable to react. It took a concerted effort for me to hug his widow and tell her to "hang in there." Most people would consider that a half-assed condolence, but from me it's alot.
Anyway, I don't want to drag on, but for those that dislike Yashiro's character I can say that he's not nearly as bad a person as a lot of people in RL that have experienced that same level of abuse. It changes you. So really, being a socially retarded asshole isn't bad considering and I'm looking forward to watching him grow as a character. : )
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many people feel it, some people don't   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LouEngine
March 26th, 2013, 9:33pm
It's been a long time since I read a manga like this. I feel it, sharp pain, sweet love, everything without them saying a word in the manga.

For those manga with lovely story, or hot love and sex, etc., you can find every where and they all repeat the same thing, but it's different for this manga. The two main characters haven't had sex, never sweet talked to each other. The moment they spent without saying a word or just non-romantic talk, make me love it so much. They didn't say it, we feel it.

And the sufferings, I'm a sadist and used to be abused (but not as much as him) so I can understand that. Yashiro's personality is described well. Even though I can't understand all of their sufferings, I can feel their pain, thanks to our dear mangaka.

The atmosphere of a mafia world is very close to those seinen manga I read (for example, Ichi the Killer ?), it's not the same atmosphere, but similar. To me, who haven't experienced in mafia world, this atmosphere just feel 'right'.

(In case you read) I think you remember the face Yashiro made in the car after meeting Kageyama. That's my favorite moment. It tells you a lot ♥

It's a deep manga, typical but not typical. It's not suitable for people who love manga with smooth, sweet story, or simply don't understand, can't feel it, or just not their types. It'll be a pity you can't read it anyway biggrin

*Stop my boring comment*

... Last updated on March 26th, 2013, 9:42pm
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There are no words...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by NightSwan
August 13th, 2015, 12:16pm
It's been two years since I've read this manga, right around when DP's releases had stopped.
Recently, I have decided to catch up. And I was just mesmerized, to the point where I've reread it fully the next day.

I'll put this in spoilers, just in case.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I've seen someone compare this to the Finder series, and as much as I love it, this comparison doesn't do justice to the complexity and portrayal of the characters in Saezuru.
I've also seen some completely dismiss this manga on the grounds of the "uke" sleeping around while the "seme" just watches. The problem with this comparison, is that there's so much more to these characters than just their roles in sex.

Yashiro, a damaged, long suffering person whose mind and body were twisted by years of rape and abuse, has found satisfaction (not happiness nor peace) in his position in the yakuza. The only person he's ever loved, does not love him back
His experiences, instead of repelling him from it, had made his body depend on sex.
That's what he knows and enjoys. That's how he fills the void he doesn't let himself feel.

Doumeki, who is tormented by guilt over not being able to protect his sister, then by letting Yashiro get hurt also cannot be defined by merely wanting to put his dick in a particular guy's ass.
He's scared he will become like his father. He's scared he'll hurt Yashiro even more, or let him get hurt. He's forced to witness how the men Yashiro has sex with hurt him, once again being unable to do anything, because that's what Yashiro wants and enjoys, a man who doesn't understand nor indulge in "regular sex", let alone relationships.

Doumeki is first attracted by Yashiro's beauty, but develops strong respect for the man who's in charge of a Yakuza branch. Despite his promiscuity and sexual preferences, Yashiro is well respected by his loyal subordinates, for his wits and unforgiving nature. He clearly knows what he's doing. Both men gradually open up to each other, which is amazing to behold.

And that brings me to another point - the plot behind the yaoi (which is hot beyond belief).
I'm unfamiliar with how the yakuza works, but this manga gives me the feeling of realism, despite some far-fetched looking points like all the tolerance for gay sex and bonding. Maybe they're like the greeks? I can't even begin to guess.
Either way, the conspiracy and battling for domination plot lines are very compelling and I enjoy them a lot.

Besides wanting Yashiro and Doumeki's relationship to advance further (although I'm not sure how plausible that is), I also really want to know how things will develop with the rest of the story.

I don't think this will end well, and I don't think such a story should, but oh, how I want it to.
I want Yashiro and Doumeki to experience happiness and peace, but is it really possible in their world? I hope for it, so so much.

I don't remember investing myself in this way, let alone a yaoi manga.
Yoneda Kou sure knows how to spin a web of intrigue. I find myself longing to read more,
to experience more of this story.
I find myself hoping for the best, even though I'm quite sure it's impossible.
Seldom do I feel such longing towards anything and I can't wait to read more.

I'd like to add, that the side characters are very interesting as well,
but I think one has to experience them in context.
Same goes for the wonderful humor that is thrown in quite often. From the lewd jokes to the expressions. I went from heartache to laughter within minutes.

... Last updated on August 13th, 2015, 1:41pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GirlInABook
April 16th, 2012, 5:28am
What you first fall in love with are the characters. They are heart-wrenching, flawed, beautiful. You can tell Yoneda Kou has put thought in creating those people.

The art is in tune with the quiet, emotive nuances of the characters and the story itself. It's sparer in style, compared to other BL manga, but, maybe because of that, more powerful.

I think it's one of those stories that manage to transcend their genre, and express the reality of human nature.

... Last updated on September 7th, 2016, 3:33pm
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by gwkimmy
December 2nd, 2012, 7:07pm
to all the nay sayers who are like "wtf why is a yaoi one of the top rated manga on this site damn fangirls" THIS MANGA IS FREAKING AMAZING. there's so few chapters out but already so much character development and action have occurred that i freak out each time a new chapter comes out.

this manga reminds me a bit of another top-rated manga on this site, Watashitachi no shiawase na jikan, except this one involves yazuka and is much grittier (and has yaoi). but like the previous title, never in my life have i wanted happiness for both main characters in a series so ardently. both characters have had the concept of love ruined for them in their youth, making it nearly impossible for them to interact with others romantically, in more ways than one. however meeting each other strips them of the negative experiences that have haunted them so and make it possible for them to connect in a way they couldn't quite connect with others before. this doesn't solve the romantic problem, however, and there is still a long way to go for them to even begin to acknowledge the change one sparked in the other.

yoneda kou, you are a freaking genius and master troll for ending each chapter with an unbearable cliffhanger. highly recommended.
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want more ♥   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by meezu
August 26th, 2011, 3:58am
I'm glad Yashiro is getting some deserved attention and love? hopefully~ through this series and Doumeki is so cute(love his personality). He's a mystery to be solved. Just first chapter and so much impact, cant wait for more. When searching for it, it was mentioned as oneshot in some places. But I'm hoping its not.

I very much recommend this manga and it's better read with prequels as you'll get a whole picture. First prequel of this series made me feel heartbroken for Yashiro but after this chapter, it wasn't so bad to go back and read it again. I usually do not very much like character having casual sex and all(to top it off his masochistic streak) in manga but for some reason I cannot bring myself to feel that way towards Yashiro (maybe 'cause of his unrequited love/his solitary existence/his past, you name it or all of the above) and strange Doumeki(I've seen so far) fits in strangely but perfectly in the twisted life and character of Yashiro.
I wishing that Yoneda sensei will continue till the end of this series~ ♥

... Last updated on August 26th, 2011, 5:09am
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One of the best (imho)   
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by KiritoKira
October 23rd, 2015, 6:33am
This is one of the best yaoi mangas I've read, and I've read a LOT. It's very unique in its entirety, ofc if you break it down into parts you can find others with a single aspect but none that offer up such an amazing blend of sub-genres; yakuza, childhood trauma, rape, abuse, learning to love, severe masochism, rising to power, just so much awesomeness <3(if you disagree please link me to others like it because I'd love to read them!) **Fair warning, this manga is pretty 'dark' so if you're looking for a happy ending, warm and fuzzy feeling, cheerful yaoi manga you've stumbled upon the exact opposite** but, I think it's really worth reading even if this isn't your normal cup if tea. My only regret when it comes to this manga is that I found it so 'early' and it doesn't seem to get updated very often; I'm very impatient and waiting for more chapters to be released is so hard! I've already reread it four times now.
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by Tsuppi
May 29th, 2012, 9:42pm
It's hard to describe this series. It's complicated. Suffice it to say that, if you can take the unabashed kinkiness which our main character Yashiro comes with, take-it-or-leave-it-thank-you, you'll likely be mystified with how good this story is. There is wonderful depth of emotion, playfulness, the pain, and sparse prettiness infused in every line of this BL manga. Not to mention, the scanlators did a damn good job with it. Bravo!

This is a manga that won't tell you everything about yakuza but it is hard-hitting and deep. It stuck in my mind for quite a while.... In fact, I might have fallen in love with it. O: Now, try it out for yourself!

NB: Do not miss out on the prequels--they will show the humongous amount of thought that went into this character's story.
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Yoneda Kou!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by littlexmusician
April 19th, 2012, 2:19pm
Brilliant! Just Brilliant! Even though the prequels were just oneshots, it just conveyed so soo much of emotions. And now that we're in the present of Yashiro's life in this story with an entire volume and hopefully more ofcourse! I can't wait to see what happens next!
Its certaintly dramatic and dark with the lonesome protogonists but at some point I find it hilarious, Chikara stoic-ness and his sudden unintentional humour!

... Last updated on April 19th, 2012, 2:19pm
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