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Nemureru Mori no Binan  
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1982. Tomoi Hisatsugu went to New York to work as a doctor. But that's not all. He hopes to lead an easier life as a young homosexual than in Japan. Indeed, he meets another doctor, Richard Stein, and they become lovers. Nemureru Mori no Binan tells of their relationship in an extremely realistic way. It is a very down to earth story with characters that could meet in the street every day and doesn't use the elements so common in today's shounen-ai manga.


Related Series
Tomoi (Sequel)

Associated Names
Sleeping (Male) Beauty
Sleeping Beauty Boy
The Handsome Man in the Sleeping Woods
The Sleeping Beauty Man
The Sleeping Male Beauty in the Woods

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.Part 5 (end) by HotCakes over 7 years ago
v.1 c.Part 4 by HotCakes over 7 years ago
v.1 c.Part 2-3 by HotCakes over 7 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (56 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.25 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 8th 2015, 11:21pm PST



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Petit Flower (Shougakukan)

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Nostalgic and ground-breaking in the 80s   
Rating: N/A
by kevintheman
August 17th, 2011, 3:18pm
A scholar mentioned this manga in an article, years ago. This manga was also surprisingly popular among some of the gay community for some time. Being unable to read Japanese, Iím grateful to Hotcakes for bringing this to the masses as I could only rely on third-rate translations for a long time.

Nemureru no binan brought back old and painful memories for me when HIV and AIDS exploded in the gay community, during the 1980s and 1990s. Itís dated and pales in comparison to most ďlauded masterpiecesĒ but it was extremely realistic in its portrayal of a gay relationship, for its time and still is. For daring to include a topic like HIV/AIDS when the media or even the gay community didnít even dare to mention it, it was something many could relate to.

To the young lady called Calstine, might I suggest toning down your views? If you really desire free speech but refuse to respect peopleís freedom to read and do what they want to while you sneer and launch sermons at people and topics you find undesirable, perhaps you should do some growing up. Itís a free world for everyone else too.
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by calstine
April 24th, 2011, 11:45am
This is one of those manga that is so flat and dull you're left wondering at the end "Why did I even bother?"
Admittedly, it is about 90% realistic; and lacks the contrived, sugar-coated fake happy endings that plague the BL of today...but honestly, I've never come to appreciate the absence of realism in conventional shounen-ai manga more than when I was reading this.

Nemureru Mori no Binan is not particularly deep or touching - nor is it funny or witty. It resembles a homosexual-themed, much less skilfully-written version of Asano Inio's manga - featuring very believable characters and their 'real adult' life-styles which succeed in doing nothing more than putting me to sleep.
A little surrealism is important for any story; since if fiction was so wouldn't be fiction anymore, now would it?

And both protagonists are - to put it simply - hateful. Richard is the worst kind of pervert - he thinks cheating on his partner is natural, and feels no remorse whatsoever regarding his actions. When the AIDS issue came to light, my guess is that we were supposed to feel at least slightly sympathetic. But I only found myself thinking; "Serves him right, that slutty ba****d!"

Tomoi, on the other hand, is an arrogant, annoying and thoroughly immature man - making it impossible to feel for him, even in light of the obvious hardships he has been through.

I've encountered characters with much greater flaws than these two (like, say, Nakoshi and Ito from Homunculus) and have understood and appreciated their three-dimensional personalities; but Akisato Wakuni obviously does not possess Yamamoto Hideo's skills as a writer.

If you're looking for a realistic shounen-ai manga that is so much more thoughtful, likable and funny - following the lives of characters you can actually sympathize with and care about, try Kinou Nani Tabeta? Don't waste your time on this.


^To the the gentleman called kevintheman: I'm "refusing to respect peopleís freedom to read and do what they want"? When and how did I do that? I'm criticising the characters in this story and critiquing the mangaka's writing style from my personal point of view -- which is what this section is for. I did not target any real people, consumers of this site or otherwise, except in the general "do/don't read this" sense that everyone else does. You're the one who can't seem to make a comment without casting aspersions on another commenter's views (and character!) in the process. But I apologise if something I wrote inadvertently insulted your lifestyle; that was not my intention.

... Last updated on November 24th, 2015, 8:15am
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Good classic.   
Rating: N/A
by Trifoilum
April 14th, 2010, 3:10pm
My first classic BL, and it does feel..kinda refreshing.

Too flat. Not slice-of-life enough to be slice-of-life, but the dramatic moments aren't drawn more dramatic.
Some moments make me "eh?", like Rickert's son...I can get the implication, but... still. none
The AIDS issue cracked me out. Oh, well; 1982!
Tomoi, while not trapped from current BL conventions...I got the feeling he's made from stereotypes about gay people.

Probably everything else.

And Tomoi is a totally funny character, despite all his flaws that would make me punch him right in the face if I ever see him.
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Damn brilliant...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
March 7th, 2010, 7:40am
Oh goodness me! I really like this story. smile It's very down-to-earth and realistic: no over-drama, no hysterical plays or pretensions at "romance" or at interactions. Also, it feels like the story is building up and the ending feels like it'd be very satisfying and sweet.
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Holy crap, where have you been all my life?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tartufo
March 5th, 2010, 12:03am
THIS is the kind of BL manga I've always been looking for - realistic, based not in some fantasy world of cookie-cutter ukes and semes and pointless smutty shenanigans, but in a real world where people have to contend with social issues and have to build actual, meaningful lives for themselves.

I also really like the art, although some might consider it dated. I think it really suits the characters and the style of the story-telling, making this manga truly pleasurable to read. The unusual setting (NEW YORK <3) makes this awesome, too.

I highly recommend this. A very rare manga!

Thank you, HotCakes, for scanlating this!

... Last updated on March 5th, 2010, 12:05am
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