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Gorgeous Carat - Kurayami no Bitoku  
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Welcome to last XIX century in Paris, where ball gowns swirl, laughter rings through marble hallways, and jewels sparkle—both at the throats of the elite of the city, and in the amethyst eyes of one particular young man. A phantom thief is stalking the city, and nothing beautiful is safe from his clutches!

Meet Florian, the only son of an impoverished noble family who ends up indebted to the stunning, mysterious Ray Balzac Courland. He may have been sold to repay a family debt, but you can count on the fact that Ray is going to get a whole lot more than he bargained for!


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Associated Names
Gorgeous Carat
Gorgeous Carat - Virtue of Darkness
ゴージャス・カラット 暗闇の美徳

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 by Kanzashi over 13 years ago
v.3 by Kanzashi over 13 years ago
v.2 c.1a by Mangagedon over 15 years ago
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in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)
3 Volumes (Aizouban, Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (135 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.88 / 10.0

Last Updated
October 26th 2020, 8:37am PST



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Web Spica (Gentosha)

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English Publisher
Blu (Defunct / 4 Vols - Complete)

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by letterbee96
October 4th, 2013, 5:32am
Rating: N/A
This is like reading a simple straightforward fanfiction that rushes drama and character development..

Don't get me wrong! This manga is generally good seriously! It's just that....a scene can change within a single panel and suddenly BOOM. But I admit, it's difficult to find a manga with this ambience and plot. So, I say, give it a shot.

I just wished...that there was something more between Florian and Rei.. Yes, Florian falls for Rei like BOOM after torturing him and shit but for us to decide whether its logic or not, I dont think we have the right to. Under multiple circumstances, you might have done the same. I'm not gonna rate this manga cuz I have mixed feelings about it but honestly, I think it's worth a shot. Just dont be so disappointed when suddenly BOOM manga ends.

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Good story  
by GOKI408
May 28th, 2012, 9:37pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
It was really a good story !! like you said in the first chapiter it's really annoying and i was nearly gonna drop it but when i starte reading ch 3 it's begin to be interesting .
I really wish the sequel of it will be scanned !
i thinks the art is not bad but not too beautiful too !
and the end is just not the end haha biggrin but i really like theire relation-ship between them , but like you aid i don't really like the torture at chapiter 1 ? it was too much ...

i really recomande it, just patiently go on till chapiter 4 biggrin
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More bad than good  
by falloutgal
January 23rd, 2011, 7:27pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
Some general spoilers ahead, synopsis of first chapter.

If you don't mind a lot of senseless callous violence then this can be an exciting romp of an adventure series with lots of cliffhangers to tease you and pretty men to smoulder at you. I read all four volumes because the story is good at suspense and I was interested to find out what happened next but I never could relate to or sympathise with any of the characters so never cared about any of it.

The first chapter is terrible and the rest of the story just never quite recovers. Poor Florian is sold to Ray and the first thing Ray does is to indulge in a spot of torture. Don't imagine some sexy sort of teasing torture, nope, it's just straight-up torture with whips. Halfway through he gets bored and lets his henchmen finish off the job till Florian loses consciousness. The henchmen and Ray's loyal sidekick look on in chibi form with mild worry. Haha, are we supposed to find it funny that Ray is a callous sadist?

Ray is impressed that Florian suffered through it all without complaining and falls for him, I guess. Later on in the chapter Ray saves Florian from something or other and Florian falls for Ray, conveniently forgetting all about the torture episode. The whole setup is frankly ridiculous.

I pity poor Florian throughout the story because he goes through even worse things. I don't feel an iota of anything for Ray because, unlike Florian, I can't conveniently forget the little torture incident.

Later on we're introduced to a beautiful baddie with an eyepatch and long flowing hair. I think we're supposed to find him hot but unfortunately he has a habit of engaging in cold blooded murder and yep, you guessed it, torture; I don't know about other girls but that's rather a big turn-off for me. He, like Ray, has a traumatic past that explains away the behaviour but to me it's all somewhat contrived and trite.

Some other reviewer mentioned depth but I have to disagree. The characters are more like caricatures. Ray swings wildly from randomly evil to randomly sweet. I think he's supposed to be the troubled antihero sort but he lost me from the first chapter so I don't really give a toss. Florian is a sweet noble guy but his acceptance of Ray is wholly unbelievable. He's the typical innocent martyr type whose goodness verges on saintliness. The eyepatch baddie is just evil all the way, I don't get the attraction - is it the eyepatch?

The story actually has some potential, Higuri spins an interesting tale of adventure and a possibly intriguing relationship between Ray and Florian but unfortunately the whole thing just falls short.

I rated it a 5 because it kept me reading till the end and I was willing the characters to develop, well, more character, but they sadly disappointed.

... Last updated on January 23rd, 2011, 7:29pm
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Don't let the first few chapters mislead you.  
by Doki
July 13th, 2010, 1:06pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
The laid-back feeling of the first few chapters (although they have some sad elements) doesn't prepare you for the heartbreaking scenarios later in the manga.
Overall, I did love this; the art is gorgeous as is expected of Yuu Higuri and the story is sweet and funny while also having a great deal of depth.

The thing that most greatly disappointed me in the manga was the ending, which resolved everything but left the main relationship feeling "incomplete". Then I remembered that there are two sequels which I can only assume finish the main relationship instead of just having you infer what happens from hints.

My conclusion that this is a must-read for all BL fans. The art is beautiful and the story comes with a tear-jerker warning.

... Last updated on May 4th, 2014, 10:38pm
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by dreamer00013
September 7th, 2009, 1:51am
Rating: N/A
I so don't recommend this. Stupid characters, mediocre art and there's a clear gap between good and evil. Plot isn't that good-
-__- Only for those who would die without shounen ai.
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wish it didnt end  
by japanyaoilover
July 15th, 2007, 6:17pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
this was a grate manga ^_^ own vol.1-3 and read the 4th in the store(i didnt say that ok) wis they would of least *coughf* sorry cant tell or i'll be spoiling the hole manga
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