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Smells Like Green Spirit  
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From Decadence:

Mishima, a student at a school in the countryside, is bullied by his classmates. The reason is because he's seemingly gay. In reality, Mishima does like guys so he doesn't resist their bullying, and instead, finds solace in secretly cross-dressing. One day on the rooftop, Mishima finds the lipstick he'd lost before in the hands of Kirino, one of the bullies... and Kirino was about to put on the lipstick that Mishima used on his own lips. This is the story of young boys looking for a place they can really be themselves...


Related Series
Shintan Kairou (Sequel)

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Latest Release(s)
v.Drama CD c.Extras 1-2 by Decadence over 4 years ago
v.2 c.14 + Extra by Decadence over 4 years ago
v.2 c.13 by Decadence over 4 years ago
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in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (217 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.42 / 10.0

Last Updated
January 21st 2022, 5:14pm PST



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Smells Like Green Spirit  
by violetlily
January 21st, 2022, 7:49pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
A beautiful coming-of-age story about three teenage boys with surrealism and sad tones.
The story is deep and moving, the characters are rich in individuality, and the psychological depiction is wonderful. I love the dynamic between the characters and the heavy theme also makes you wonder what true happiness is.

Having finished 2 volumes in one sitting, I couldn't agree more why this title voted as the Top 5 Best BL Manga in the 2014 Chil-Chil BL Awards.

"Smells Like Green Spirit" is truly a great manga that touched my heart. It's a masterpiece that i would recommend to everyone not just fujoshis.

... Last updated on January 22nd, 2022, 1:19am
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My heart hurts aghh  
by Miachann
August 26th, 2020, 3:51pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Its like rollercoaster emotion to me, at first its funny and hilarious then it become dramatic with little sad ends. omg i wanna cry so muchh this is both good and sad ending really

This is gem really, Masterpiece to be sure, and the stories its realistic how their potrait people reaction at lgbtq peoples, i myself life in the country who still not legalize with same sex marriage so i can relate with it,
Annnddd i cant guess how the stories will goes it full of surprise, like at first i think Kirino like him tho and then surprise lol, and the ending i- i not see that comin it hurt
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Pleasurable whiplash  
by AstralRabbit
May 7th, 2020, 3:37am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
"Smells Like Green Spirit" cares little for tonal consistency. It regularly gives you whiplash with the way it moves from slapstick comedy to oppressively dark psychological themes (one will come to mind for all readers). The art certainly shifts to accommodate it's modalities, with some of the ancillary characters looking hilariously goofy at points. Certainly for some, there will be gripes with it's rather classically Japanese jabs at homosexuals, but there is a rather wholesome center to this story. The compassionate, parental love and concern on display is mending!
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If you’re like me...  
by Amaita
December 19th, 2019, 12:54am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
be prepared to bawl. This manga is a rough read, but so very worth it. It lulls you into thinking it’s going to be comedic with some terrible bullying, and then reverberates in you the darkness and pain that exist in those who feel trapped- all the while, applying comedic relief through it’s exaggerated visuals and ridiculousness. I can only speak for myself, but for those of you who with and ounce of empathy or a connection to the GSRM community, this manga will make you laugh, cry, and enrage you- or at least that’s what I did for me. I do recommend maybe reading this manga with some caution if you are not in a great emotional state or have trauma related to assault or coming out. Not saying don’t read it, because it may do some good, but be cautious and care for your mental health primarily. If the cover art is putting you off, don’t let it because this manga falls into the small category of mangas whose cover art is not nearly as good as the art found inside, which itself is super engaging and beautiful. This manga is truly up there with some of the most poignant mangas I’ve ever read in my life and is one I will most definetely come back to again and again.

... Last updated on December 19th, 2019, 1:00am
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Heavy stuff  
by OmNom
November 5th, 2017, 6:20pm
Rating: N/A
You've got comedy, tragedy, psychology, despair, hopefulness all wrapped up in 2 short volumes; the story is eerily realistic and the effect is massively amplified by the mangaka's unique style. Can't say I'm completely comfortable with all that just transpired, but that's normal and probably what the author wanted to achieve, I guess, so props to her for this unconventional title both in story and art. I think I still need some time to absorb it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
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by Tentacle
September 21st, 2017, 11:34pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I love this so much. I was always on edge, wanting more and anticipating the next chapter. Then the ending came like a bitch slap. I mean... in a sense it fits with the overall story, but for no reason do I find it satisfying. Probably it's a bit too much like some overly dramatic piece of reality? So in the end it felt like nothing changed based on all the things that occurred during the story. To some extent I would almost like to claim that the ending made it feel like it completely erased most of the progress during the story. Had I not followed this manga for as long as I have (3 years) I might not have felt this disappointed, so I think it's a bit more enjoyable if you read it all in one go and don't have the time to get your hopes up.

Also, I'm extremely happy with the extra with sensei! It made me so damn interested in finding out even more about him. I will dream of a spinoff with him and his adventures after he left the town...
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by whitespade
September 1st, 2017, 5:38am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
its quite a sad manga since the ending is not absolutely beautiful and happy. it hurt me seeing them hurt. the art is beautiful and the characters portray their struggle well. it left me with a hope that this world can be more accepting.
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by peachyney
August 30th, 2017, 10:24pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
but also very rough. this is the most realistic yaoi I've read and it is quite upsetting most of the time. Even the ending is bitter sweet, but it is more than I could have ever imagined it to be. If you start reading this you HAVE to read it to completion to be able to grasp the entire story and get proper closure. In it entirety, this is a beautiful work of art, but definitely not for the feint of heart.
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Expecting fluff?  
by Serendipity_
August 29th, 2017, 4:02pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
...well you're not getting it. This story is an eloquent, scary and sad slice of reality. For many gay teens and adults, this is a reality they can't escape. A reality rarely portrayed in Yaoi.

I find the story extremely sad, which I know some will not agree with. The tragedy (if you want to call it that) doesn't lie in a specific trauma or accident, but how society is messed up enough to not accept some people who do not fit inside a particular societal mold. Consequently, because of these norms, people change for either the worse (the teacher in the story) or try to fit in no matter what they feel. So sad.

Overall, I recommend this. However, bear in mind that this will not be your usual Yaoi trip with flowery details and sparkly ukes.

... Last updated on August 29th, 2017, 4:03pm
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I need more chapters...  
by Kurarara
January 27th, 2017, 2:36pm
Rating: N/A
You don't get it....You don't understand...When you sell your soul for a manga which isn't fully scanlated, you need to bear with the consequences...
I will try to make my feelings about this manga clearer: Do you know the feeling you get when you fall in love with somebody, but then they disappear for no reason? And you try to distract yourself by crossing the desert without having any water or food?
This is me right now, a thirsty bi*ch with a shattered heart and mental and physical fatigue*.

*comparison may have been subject to slight exaggeration
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