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After the death of his grandmother and only remaining relative, Shinakawa Raizou moves in with the mysterious Mitou family as their housekeeper. He soon learns the Mitou family's secret: the Mitou can use great power with only their words. But because this power harms the body of the user, the Mitou pair up with human-like paper dolls to transfer their wounds to them through bodily fluid contact.

Ze 2012 extra
Ze gashuu iro no hon - Artbook


Related Series
Ze - Fan Book (Spin-Off)
Ze - Kami no Hon (Spin-Off)
Ze - Spring Snow (Sequel)

Associated Names

Groups Scanlating
Chrima Scans
Nexus Scanlations
Peccatore Sanctuary

Latest Release(s)
c.Extra Papers by Nexus Scanlations over 2 years ago
c.60 (end) by Chrima Scans over 4 years ago
v.10 c.50 by Ze Crazies over 6 years ago
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11 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (481 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0

Last Updated
June 16th 2020, 8:27pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Dear + (Shinshokan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
801 Media (11 Volumes Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #619 increased(+47)
Monthly Pos #1041 increased(+160)
3 Month Pos #1613 increased(+336)
6 Month Pos #2213 decreased(-103)
Year Pos #2252 decreased(-235)

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My all-time favorite mangaka  
by kyleatreides
June 30th, 2020, 9:21am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The very first yaoi manga I fell in love with was Love Mode by Shimizu Yuki. Since then, I've read several others of her work and I fell in love with them all, especially the longer series like Ze and Kachou Fuugetsu. I love everything about her work -- the art, the story, the setting, the pacing... everything. Well, I admit maybe I'm biased. But whatever. I love them all. Ze is perfect in my book. And Asari... I fell for you the first time I laid eyes on you (or more specifically, the fox mask lol). What an unforgettable character.

Note: I find that the very first couples in the serials mentioned above are usually weaker than the rest (but I have a soft spot for Takamiya x Izumi from Love Mode) but they're all enough to draw me in further into the story. For me, I realized this situation only after finishing the series, so I don't think it matters a whole lot. So please give this and the rest of sensei's book a read!
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by noelle777
March 10th, 2017, 1:03pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Yaoi as it should be, nice and long.
Shichikawa Raizou (human, housekeeper, sweet useless seme) x Kon (doll, bratty uke)
Mitou Ouka (human, female) x Benio (doll, female), yuri cuple.
Konoe (seme doll, dislikes humans) x Mitou Kotoha(human uke).
Mitou Shoui (human, megane) x Asari (fox guy, doll, strong uke)
Genma x Himi (infinite sex and angst couple; if I understand correctly, he is an illegimate child of Mitou family, son of Mitou Seima and Yashiro woman, so he uses his mother surname, so he is knkws as Yashiro Genma... Himi previously belonged to his father...)
twins Mitou Seiji & Tsukito (humans, semes) x Hatsuhi (doll, uke) - threesome couple
Moriya (seme doll, dislikes humans) x Kitamura Ryusei (strong, punk uke, bisexual, kind of illegimate son of Mitou family)
Yoshihara Waki x Magane

And the final story, Waki Arc... There was Mitou Riikichi, he has a little sister called Uta and daughter Yukino. He had a wife Momoyo who died early. And so, Waki got picked up by Riikichi and healed Uta's face... Basically Waki was a human trash with mysterious longevity... Then he befriended a wolf, but wolf got killed, then Waki got suicidal, and then Rikiichi happened. Rikiichi's dolls were Asari, Konoe and Magane. Uta's doll was Shirahase. Magane was a wolfboy and Waki's love interest - however there was an enormous romantic tention between Waki and Rikiichi. Then, the two Endou brothers happened: Takamitsu and Hozumi. Hazumi married Uta, they had a baby - Shoui. Yukino married Takamitsu (quite dominant wife), gave birth to Kotoha and adopted Shoui. And... Well, this yaoi was a long journey, a great one but ending left me slighly unsatisfied. But if I don't rate Ze 10/10, what else can be rated that way?

... Last updated on March 11th, 2017, 5:33pm
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Ugh...what a waste of time  
by moonmystery
May 9th, 2016, 4:36pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
I won't go into details, but one story arc completely ruined the manga: it is basically the story of a rich, impulsive rapist and his victim, a living paper doll. Glorifying rape in any way or form is simply disgusting. This manga not only makes no logical sense, but also roots for the main character, who is a terrifying man lusting after his slave.

Morals got cast out the window here.

That aside, the characterization of each person also sucked. I saw little character development, and the past arcs are not fully explored. Very disappointing. The only somewhat interesting aspect was the premise of paper dolls who loyally served their masters.

... Last updated on May 9th, 2016, 4:42pm
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Good yaoi  
by sakirol
April 23rd, 2016, 1:19pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The first couple of chapters, as well as the first couple, are pretty flat.

But then you get to the rest of the couples, and it's so good. You get good art, good smut, and an actual unique STORY behind every couple! Each story is very touching, sad, and sweet; I would've enjoyed them even without the smex. Not to mention, having the series end with Waki's story was very fitting and sad.

... Last updated on April 23rd, 2016, 1:21pm
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Why can't I like it?  
by Krimson
April 13th, 2016, 12:46pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
This is quite a popular yaoi but for some reason I just cannot get myself to like the characters. I cannot quite put my finger on the reason, but I dislike the character portrayals. How can I feel anything if the partners are paper puppets?
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Happy endings?  
by fovika
March 22nd, 2016, 12:10pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
I loved this manga, so good. But seriously, it has some of the worst introductions to new character arcs I have ever seen. It's almost impressive. But like I said, great manga. Definitely will pick this up again for a reread. The reason it's not getting the 0.5 is obviously for the introductions, but also for the very yaoi concept that younger/smaller/thinner makes the uke, while bigger/older makes the seme. It's a long way into the manga before that "yaoi rule" is broken. But when it is broken, it's still not really... And my top issue, if you can call it that, is
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Where is the yuri story arc? I know this is yaoi and all, but seriously, if you introduce a lesbian couple, and you have EVERY OTHER person's story arc that visited that house in here, why the F* isn't theirs in? It's the only arc that is missing! In the beginning we see like 2-3 sex scenes with them, then they sort of just appear randomly, and then they are not heard of again. They have no "how they met"-arc, they have no "(happy) ending"-arc. Nothing. Practically no story arcs at all.

... Last updated on March 22nd, 2016, 12:11pm
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by jongjongie
July 28th, 2015, 6:19am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
At the beginning, I got a little confused since I'm not really into supernatural stories, but the more I read it, the more it becomes interesting. The author really put effort into the story line, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I give it 9 instead of 10 because it couldn't give me a heartache lol but really, it's recommended.
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Shimizu Yuki-sensei did it again  
by OmNom
March 7th, 2015, 8:05am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
With this series I think it is quite visible to see how the mangaka had improved even further from her Love Mode days, both in the artwork/character designs as well as story structure/story-telling. The system of multiple couples is still used, though to an even smarter level imo; I've seen some complain about the 'confusing' lateral interactions between the couples and the large amounts of flashbacks, but for me more than anything they provide for a much more intricate and intriguing read than your normal straightforward stories. Also, this time I pretty much like all of the characters even if some may be more to my liking than others; which is different from Love mode where it's admittedly hard to get into the story with the first couple, and along the way there are some characters a bit hard to sympathise with. This is not the case with Ze at all, making me even more indulged in the manga. And the artwork like I mentioned is more sublime than ever for sensei. Overall a very good series; I recommend anyone old and new to BL alike to give this a try and not be discouraged with the number of volumes.
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Another BL Gem  
by kiironoume
February 3rd, 2015, 3:59am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
First of all ZE has an interesting concept regarding the kotodama and shikigami. Then it offers a solid storyline, developed characters and well-running plot, executed in a very pleasing enchanting art. The kind that left you longing for more and linger in your mind for days..

Flaws? Back and forth time-line, undeveloped few characters as though they are just space fillers..

This gem, even if the sex scene is omitted and goes work-safe, I believe it still has the charm to engage the reader.
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One of the best  
by LilyLily
February 13th, 2014, 10:03pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This is one of the best BL manga I've ever read. All the characters have dept and motive and each of their story are interesting enough to keep me at the edge of my seat. Shimizu Yuki really know how to use her characters to push the story forward. She use her established protagonist to build on the new protagonist's story, leading to a new and richer story line. By doing this you will already know most of the characters before their story even start and that will make reading it all the more enjoyable.
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