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Hagakure no Koi  
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A collection of historical one-shots.

1) Romance hidden in the leaves
A frivolous samurai's apprentice find his way into the heart of his prim & tenacious ronin sensei.

2) The road through dreams
A 16 years old nobleman is in love in his childhood friend, a servant in his family house, but the latter can't return his feeling because of their class differences.

3) Sign of a world's love
Before commodore Calbraith Left Japan he picked the most beautiful flower of the orient...

4) Odoru Awa ni Tama no Hada
Young sensei from Tokyo is appointed as teacher in a remote fishing village's school. His young but tough students giving him a hard time, especially the bossy son of the head of the village.

5) Gentle Darkness
Since his family moved recently to a western mansion a spoiled rich youngster had to live in a western life style that he hate. While wandering in his new family's estate he came across a strange house but is seems that the person who lived there is even stranger...

6) Shirayuki no Sono Mune ni - Romance hidden in the leaves (1) Omake (deals mainly in the second couple in the story).


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v.1 c.6 (end) by Datenshi Blue over 9 years ago
v.1 c.5 by Datenshi Blue over 9 years ago
v.1 c.4 by Datenshi Blue over 9 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 7.2 / 10.0 (95 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.06 / 10.0
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August 16th 2016, 9:07am PST



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Samurai & pirates.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by LikaLaruku
February 28th, 2014, 3:25am
Three things I really love about Shin Mizukami that most yaoi mangaka don't do: 1)Historical stories, if for no other excuse than to draw beautiful flowing clothing & long hair. 2)Half the time, the Uke is the one who initiates the romance, & 3)the uke almost always wears the pants in the relationship, having the Seme completely wrapped around his finger & at his mercy (It's a shame she's never done any BDSM manga like Tori Maya).

... Last updated on February 28th, 2014, 3:31am
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Totally agree with Kittyteea...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cl4v
October 17th, 2012, 6:49pm
At least in one point!!! The fifth one was the better, you're right... Mizukami is quite a good sordid storyteller, i love her twisted forms of loving!! They are exactlly like me XD... and sex was *blush* freaking hot: i mean, pin up in a tree sounds more delicious and forbidden than any consensual rape!!!!!!! However i couldnt give less attention to the other stories: The western-japanese one is an overused story but i would say that i must forgive it for such detailed scenary and hot seme! i didnt like the first story so much but the sequel was sexually disturbing because of the scar thing...
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Love the integrated historical facts   
Rating: N/A
by supmaguire
August 8th, 2012, 11:54am
What I love about Mizukami is her dedication to authenticity in her works--whether it's in this manga during the Edo period and all the way up to the WWII period, she obviously has made sure to research the pants off of the time periods she writes about. (Putting in a plug here for my faaaaaaavorite manga ever, Rikugun Renai Shikan Gakkou, which is by her and is ridiculously informative about Japan during the war) I love that about Mizukami sensei!
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Fifth one is the real gem   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by KittyTeea
June 24th, 2012, 10:31am
I tried starting every story, but I couldn't bring myself to finish any of them, except for the fifth one "Gentle Darkness", which isn't exactly that gentle. Actually even while reading the synopsis that was the only one that caught my attention, but I really tried the others too, but they seemed too dramatized like a play of some sort without any feelings or poorly portrayed feelings.

Regarding the fifth story it was really dark, I love Stockholm Syndrome and this one was one of the best I came across. The parallel between the novel and "the source of inspiration", may seem at first sight the author basically tells the same story twice, but actually each of them is influenced by the other. And the fact that the novel is left unfinished shows that they want to live together and see what their future has in store for them, a nice metaphor.

My rating is solely based on the fifth story, otherwise I would have to make a mean between 9 and 3-4. I highly recommend this for the great Stockholm Syndrome.
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Details! Historical and Darkly Twisted Is Her Forte!   
Rating: N/A
by MightyMaeve
September 27th, 2009, 3:00am
There are 5 one-shots in this collection, plus 1 extra that contines with the characters from the first story. I've commented on the ones that are particularly outstanding. All of them are from the Meiji era.

1. Romance Hidden in the Leaves - A frustrated ronin firmly believes in the way of the samurai tries to instil the teachings into his two students: a playful one and a serious one. The playful one has a lot more adult depth and samurai heart than he shows. The brother of the this always-smiling young man, is in love with the serious student. What will happen to this foursome when the teacher is humiliated?

2. The Road in Dreams - A young master has grown up with two friends: one is his family's servant and he has fallen in love with him. He confesses his love with a love letter, to which the servant can do nothing but ignore due to his position, even though his heart is breaking. The third friend, has grown up to run a 'tea house' of prostitution. The young master comes to him one day, asking for his help. Together they concoct a plan to 'trick' the servant into allowing himself a night to fulfil his agonizing, forbidden love.

This one was poignant and beautiful. The ending is so poetically quiet and bittersweet.

3. Signs of a World's Love - The Europeans have landed in Japan at the turn of the 21st Century. The Commodore of the ship wants an 'oriental beauty.' A young, noble samurai is captured and brought aboard...

I liked the titillation of bondage and non-con in this one, but the ending was simply ridiculous...there is no connection to the prisioner's suddenly changed feelings.

4. Dancing Foam on Jade Skin - A young city teacher is sent to a remote fishing village for his first teaching assignment. All the students tease and disrespect him merciless. One day, they tell him he needs to be more 'friendly', and they decide to take him swimming. Well, once his white skin is barred to this tanned community, they can barely contain themselves...

This one was mostly prony. Fun and very erotic with the 'swimming.'

5. Gentle Darkness - A poor, almost-blind author of erotic books lives in an old run-down house near the estate of a rich family. The lonely, isolated son of the rich family, a spoiled and selfish boy, wanders into the forest and throws a rock through the window of the writer's home, spilling ink all over the writer's manuscript. The writer asks the boy if it was him, and is given a lie...The dark story he is writing has found a muse...

THis is where Mizukami-sensei shines - her twisted, dark stories of not-so-honourable and imperfect, selfish people. <3 Very intriguing and thought-provoking with lots of smutty smut.

Extra: A Snow White Chest - The older brother from the first story feels guilty and responsible for the injuries of the serious student. Can he get passed this to allow love to come through in action?

... Last updated on September 27th, 2009, 3:03am
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