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Kuzu no Honkai  
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Unrequited love is a tragic circumstance with no simple resolution. It comes in many forms, yet each one shares the same debilitating feeling of inconceivable longing.

Hanabi Yasuraoka and Mugi Awaya are two high school students who appear to have the ideal relationship. They are the envy of their classmates, and it is easy to portray them as the classic example of high school sweethearts. Unbeknownst to friends and family, however, there is a side to their love veiled by hidden passions: their true affections lie elsewhere, and they use each other to physically sate their unreciprocated feelings.

Hanabi is in love with Narumi Kanai, her new homeroom teacher who is also her childhood friend. Mugi is in love with Akane Minagawa, who used to be his tutor when he was younger. Now teachers at the same school, Kanai and Minagawa begin to show an interest in one another. As a result, Mugi and Hanabi find solace in each other as victims of the same pain.

With little hope of their feelings being realized, these two students face a challenging predicament: cope with and move on from their lust, or become further entangled in their web of unrequited love.

Included one-shots:

Volume 1: Nyan Nyan Prelude

Volume 2: Nyan Nyan Serenade

Volume 3: Nyan Nyan Oratorio
The lonesome struggles of the only living being on Earth.

Volume 4: Nyan Nyan Cantata
A pet cat looks back on her life with her kind master when she feels that her days are coming to an end.

Volume 5: Nyan Nyan Andante
An abandoned cat grows fond of her new owner but she starts to feel insecure when the kind-hearted owner adopts another stray creature.


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Associated Names
Nyan-Nyan Oratorio
Scum's Wish

Groups Scanlating
Lazy Ass Scans

Latest Release(s)
c.Solace (Alternate Ending) by MangaLand Scanlations 3 months ago
c.47 by Crunchyroll about 1 year ago
c.46 by Crunchyroll about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 47

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.2 / 10.0 (275 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.14 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 13th 2018, 2:35am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Gangan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (8 Volumes - Complete)

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Forget about the "main" plot   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by bahram
January 21st, 2018, 6:13pm
Because this manga offers very little in that regard. The plotline about Mugi and Hanabi's unrequited love and their toxic relationship with each other is filled with the monotonous monologues of some overdramatic high school kids and little else. Hanabi and Mugi are your typical cool, beautiful and expressionless manga protagonists who no real human can actually relate to. They are there for the younger readers to self insert into and little else. To put it bluntly, the two main characters in this manga are extremely boring.

What you should be focusing on instead, is Hanabi's best friend Sanae and the teacher Mugi has a crush on, Akane. Sanae and Akane are two very different and complicated characters. Their strong convictions and flaws are what truly make this manga worth reading. I was rooting for Sanae's love for Hanabi the entire time and wanted to know more and more about Akane's life outside of school.

I just wish the entire manga had been from Sanae and Akane's point of view.
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Was great but left alot of questions and made me really sad AUTHOR-SAN WHY MUST U DO DIS   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by eightworldwonder
December 14th, 2017, 1:30pm
The ending was good but still not quite right. Kinda vague because we couldnt really see what happened to them after. Did they finally become happyconfused? Or did all of that bs about letting each other go end up in vainconfusedconfusedconfused? WE DONT FUCKING KNOW
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So lonely and heartbreaking   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kurarara
June 1st, 2017, 4:42pm
I was searching for something exactly like this, that is well written.
My heart is breaking and throughout the stort, I felt I could relate and agree witb a lot of elements and ideas presented in this manga. Equally, the characters' stories left a lump in my throat, especially when they cry. Their tears portrayed such strong emotions....
And the ending was so beautiful. Highly recommended.
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I liked the ending   
Rating: N/A
by bluegrass12
May 18th, 2017, 12:05am
Unlike I guess a lot of other people, I really liked the ending. Maybe not the manga for you if you just want ships to happen. I think the relationships portrayed are done very well by the author because sometimes love is vague and those that seem undeserving of someone kind do. Relationships aren't perfect, cute, fluffy things that are often shown in manga.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The panel where Hana and Mugi have their last hug and their thoughts really hit me hard.
Relationships end and start, the two figure that they do like each other but not in a healthy or in the way they want.

The story is pretty twisted and a good bittersweet romance in my opinion. A lot of people hate on the teacher but she is there for a reason.

The art is also really good.
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Ending ruined it for me...   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by SangMo
April 3rd, 2017, 7:23pm
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So they go through all of this shit with all these different people to realize they like each other, and then decide not to get together because it's not based on love? What? So the slut who destroys men gets a happy ending, but our leads don't?

... Last updated on April 3rd, 2017, 7:24pm
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The pain of unfulfilled love   
Rating: N/A
by Dr. Love
April 3rd, 2017, 6:46pm
Great bittersweet romance that deals with adolescent love adeptly. Hanabi is a great thoughtful female MC whose character is immensely developed. Each character gets their own shine. Though Moca could've benefited of some more and definitely Kanai-sensei. The strong core cast of this story are Hanabi, Mugi, Akane and Ecchan. The art is delicate yet pretty.
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Starts good, great middle, disappointing in the end   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Silverbear
January 4th, 2017, 8:39am
Alright, this manga series actually made me create an account for this webside to write the following comment. I will try to talk about the manga without direct situations, but it will be a rather big spoiler nevertheless.

The series starts promising, with a clear 2 main character plot a little bit more focused on the perspective of the female protagonist. The structure in which the story is told is only more or less linear, but makes very good use of flashbacks to show what the other characters knew and felt beforehand. It is a bit like Memento that the plot falls into places after several chapters sometimes, even if the original szene is already done for a while. Full points on story telling and art from my side.

With a good, but maybe a tad bit slow start the series is a great read as soon the author gives dept not only to the second Main Character, but also to the side characters. With flashbacks we get insight in their motivations and much more important: In their own a bit screwed but normal perspectives on the world. This is where the manga shines, as he uses the plot to portray the emotional world of anyone not ending up in a happy relationship. I tried listing the different motives that were familiar to me in this series, but to cut it short: It very well displays the tension and feelings between appearance and inner perspective, love and selflove, desires and admiration and more general the different prospects on love. The high point of this series in my opinion is chapter 13 where we get a good understanding of the inner life of one of the important side characters.

Afterwards it goes downhill. It doesn't end up being a bad series, but I have to admit that I stopped by chapter 29, picked it up again to read to chapter 33, just to see that it got even worse. On the one hand the tension build up can't be kept for such a long time. I wish for a good, a bad or just a realistic end, but no avail. Some might find it to be realistic, but it falls into the typical japanes plotholes. Newly introduced problems feel a bit artificial, as talking could resolve them easely or there are a bit far fetched, because japanese dating culture is a bit strange, when seen from the west. While a struggle with depression or two-timing might be an appropriate thing to end/follow along on one character developement, but on all of them? I've read that japanese had a different connotation or cultural imbeddedment for fucking around, but that's a bit much even for a liberal western big city boy. I started to find the actions incomprehensible and cringeworthy - a rather big change from the initial good start and storytelling.

I've been in several situations displayed in this manga myself and at a certain point you have to stand up and open yourself, talk about it and if shit is not going to work out, get up and leave. I still give this manga a grand total of 8 points for making me stirred up quite a bit, which could be considered an archievement.

... Last updated on January 5th, 2017, 8:51am
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Starts out promising...   
Rating: N/A
by Jeshia
April 22nd, 2016, 5:10pm
But it really just gets worse. This is the sort of story that should have ended (at least) ten chapters ago. Things move way too slowly, and the character development (if you can even call it that) is not enough to keep me reading. I really like the beginning and found it pretty realistic, insofar that people have desires that they want fulfilled, and those don't always align with traditional ideas of love and affection. But somewhere along the line, the premise of the story got lost, and the characters weren't enough to drive it forward for me.
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always goes to into that direction   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by CrossRyuu
April 9th, 2016, 1:13am
this is good you could say its a novelty BUT
when threre is a problem it leads to lust everytime (i read a lot of hentai so im used to it) not that i hate it, its just that it lead to that everytime
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Points for being different, but annoying   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by great_k
October 15th, 2014, 5:07am
I salute this manga for delivering something different, that being said the experience of reading this manga is like watching a hamster run in a wheel all day long.
The 2 main characters attempt to use their fake counterparts for their emotional/physical needs but this has very little effect as they continue to pine after their perspective one sided crushes.
The 2 sensei's do develop their relationship.
Our 2 main MC's also seek sexual contact with other people which only shows how weak the relationship between the 2 of them is. The fake relationship isn't enough so they need to find solace in other places as well.
Although this is a genre of work that I usually find interesting, I am finding it harder and harder to empathized with the MCs in the 3 vols released so far.
The only thing that is holding my interest is the female sensei who looking at the raws is a lot less pure and more devious than she appears. Looking forward to seeing the chapters regarding her translated.
Seeing how she behaves in the RAWS does sort of make me forgive the female mc for still pining after the male sensei and looking for support elsewhere as she can't really complain about the female sensei to the male mc as he is smitten with the female sensei. Still doesn't take away that her constant obsession towards a person will never consider you a love interest is annoying.

... Last updated on October 15th, 2014, 5:49am
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