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Haou Airen  
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One day while walking home from her job, Kurumi Akino finds a wounded young man, and saves his life. He mysteriously disappears after that, and leaves only the name “Hakuron”. Next thing she knows she’s been kidnapped from her school, and is on a private jet with that man, heading to China. It turns out she saved the life of the most infamous mobster in Hong Kong, and he wants her to stay with him.

You can find A Tale of Happier Times (v06 extra) in the anthology Motto Oshiete.


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Associated Names
Amante Dragon (spanish)
Despotic Lover
Supreme King's Mistress

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Latest Release(s)
v.9 c.50 (End) by A Willful Muse over 9 years ago
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse over 9 years ago
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse over 9 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.4 / 10.0 (741 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.41 / 10.0
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June 10th 2017, 9:43pm PST



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Is it published? over 6 years ago
The "Heroine"? (Spoiler) over 7 years ago
Haou Airen Hakuron ending spoilers -long post is long. over 8 years ago
Haou Airen *spoilers* over 9 years ago
Haou Airen - finished? over 9 years ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SunRises
June 20th, 2011, 10:36am
I gave this a 10 for all the entertainment it brought to me XD

Unlike those who found this manga utterly bad and dropped halfway, I read it till the end. I knew it's crap from day 1 but I have a habit of reading both epic manga and crappy ones. I read crappy ones for good laugh XD . Seriously, this series cracks me up to no end.

I couldn't get why some say this was Shinjo Mayu's worst work since to me, ALL OF HER WORKS ARE TRASH. They're all the same with the main girl who loves to be raped by her bastard boyfriend. Shinjo Mayu is messed up in the head. Who would fall in love with her rapist in reality? The way she portrays her protagonist is an insult to all women. What's with all those whiny, weak girls desperately waiting to be raped by their supposedly gorgeous boyfriends (while in fact, these guys are just abusive, twisted guys). And sorry but I can't even sympathize with Kurumi. I honestly think she's like a slut here. After she thinks she's dumped by Hakuron, she seeks comfort from Fuuron by sleeping with him? How shallow can she get? Don't even get me started on Hakuron. I guess there will be paranoid girls who think the way he treats her is totally romantic but no, it's downright disgusting. He rapes her over and over again. He humiliates her in front of lots of people. What kind of love is this?

The only one I like in this series is Foiron. I feel sad for him since he falls in love with an unworthy girl. I can't understand why there're many guys who love her: Foiron, Fuuron (yes people, it's implied that this guy does love her) and that kid who kills Hakuron (bravo!). The ending is supposed to be sad and touching but I was like this when I read it: =)) =)) =)). What a stupid ending. I guess after all that happens, Kurumi will hook up with all of the Dragons since they all kinda love/lust for her. That or we could have Haou Airen 2,3,4,5, each for 1 Dragon and they'll repeat the same crap over and over again.

Anyways, recommend for anyone who wants a good laugh at an unbelievably ridiculous manga <3

... Last updated on January 16th, 2013, 3:17am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by lilpnai4u21
December 15th, 2008, 12:08am
it was a nice manga. i loved it from da begining, in some way it was annoying. i read the summary and genre so i knew it was gonna end badly. so throughout da whole series i kept on thinkin dat sumones gonna die but as it goes to da end, it seemed like it was a happily ever after. it was pretty messed up in some ways, made me sad.
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The F did I just read?   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Eitoku
September 15th, 2012, 3:46am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Everytime I want to read something trashy, I entertain myself by reading Shinjo Mayu's works. I thought that "Love Celeb" is her worst work but this manga has totally changed my mind. This was downright horrible, painful and disgusting to read.

I mean, the guy's the WORST rapist in all of her stories! Am I supposed to accept him as a "romantic" lead? AS IF. This is absolutely SICK. I am not at all convinced by their "love" with each other!

What bothered me the most is that this bastard even have the balls to go to a proper church wedding and marry his victim. THE HELL?!

I rejoiced though when the mangaka killed him in the end! But I'm pretty sure that the female lead (whose IQ is lower than a rabbit) is probably gonna get raped by the rest of the mafia. That cycle never ends.

... Last updated on December 25th, 2013, 7:49am
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by hyunwon88
June 2nd, 2012, 4:13pm
Readers here is the list on what to expect when you read any of Mayu Shinjo's manga including this one:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
1. Weak female lead who gets rape by either the main lead or other guys.
2.Forceful male lead whose lust is way over the top to the point of raping the girl he claim to love.
3.There's absolutely no character growth for both leads. The only thing that will grow is their sexual relationship.
4. Repetitive scenes. Ex. Girl gets kidnap or abuse every chapter.
5.Cliche situations... Ex. Kidnap, amnesia, suicide, betrayal and many more. Kudos to Shinjo Mayu for her expertise!
6. Last but not the least most of her works have happy endings with the exception of course of haou airen. Kudos to her for killing the biggest bastard in this story.

Overall Shinjo Mayu's work can't be taken seriously so just treat it as if your reading a light hentai manga.

*The art was good so I gave this manga a #2 rating.

... Last updated on June 2nd, 2012, 4:36pm
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Don't overthink this.   
Rating: N/A
by 1122shadows
December 4th, 2011, 9:14pm
If you've ever read a Shinjo Mayu then you already know what to expect, if you haven't then you either love it or hate it. The sex is always hot and that's why it's such a guilty pleasure for smut fans. On the other hand don't expect a strong female lead or a gallant male lead, that's never the case. Kurumi gets hurt a lot thoughout the story while Hakuron is your typical bad guy that falls in love. Also if you're a masochist, you'll probably cry at the ending.
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Good at first..   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by mangalover5588
August 10th, 2012, 5:32pm
At first I thought it was okay. I mean it wasn't boring and stupid, but slowly it got really pathetic and disturbing. I can handle sex scenes... ONLY if it is out of love! I don't really like rape and in this manga there was a lot! I couldn't handle it and dropped it. I only got to like chapter 24 and I didn't want to read the whole thing because of how bad it was. If you like weak girls who get raped often then be my guest and read this but remember I warned you.
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And that's terrible.   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Ariakit
December 23rd, 2008, 10:03pm
It started off just as a bad manga. But that's okay, I like bad mangas.

Then it stopped being bad. It became offensive. I felt angry when I read it. He raped her. No two goddamn ways about it, he raped her. Repeatedly. And the fact that the manga tries to excuse it with "oh no, she wanted it" is just sick.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
This is really the worst manga I have ever read.

EDIT: Now with bonus spoilers. I laughed myself sick at the end. Hakuron got just what he deserved. She should have hooked up with Foiron. At least he loved her and didn't feel the need to express it through abuse and rape.

... Last updated on December 22nd, 2009, 12:10am
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It's Love,alright?!   
Rating: N/A
by -InuMiko-7
April 6th, 2008, 2:54pm
Can you people not know that it is really real love between Kurumi and Hakuron? Just because he rapes her and all doesn't mean he don't love her, even if he does those horrible things. You all may think that it is twisted, it kind of is, but you don't understand the basic true meaning of this story...She loves him still after all he had done, he loves her and does all those things, but only to protect her and he gets jealous. He wants her for himself and he really does love her. She also loves him because she can never forget him. Though at the's heartbreaking...they should have been married and lived happily ever's a horrible ending...I hate tragedy, but I love the romance. So what if it's smut, people need to be more mature about it...sooner or later in your life time you are eventually going to do it or see it, it's the cycle of life....sigh...I just want to get that out. Love is Love, don't question it!
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Haou Airen   
Rating: N/A
by EtceteraSpeed
February 1st, 2008, 8:35pm
Umm.... It's disturbing. Quite disturbing. But, hey. I was like, whatever. I'll read through it. I stopped at volume 7(?) because I didn't feel like reading the rest at that time. Then, I told myself I'd just wait for the rest to be scanlated, but... the "rest" never was. I mean, somebody might as well finish it. There isn't much left. But I do understand if nobody wants to scanlate it because they can't handle the extreme sex and rape stuff. Lol. Very understandable. I'm not really into the explicit sex scenes but I actually want to see what happens to the really stupid couple in the end. They're a really stupid couple. Or maybe she's just a really stupid girl... whatever. Oh, and all the "love" in this manga is through sex/rape. Mostly rape though. This is a manga pretty much about, yes, what the summary at the top says and sex. There's sex in every chapter in volume four.
Spoiler: In the first(?) chapter of volume four, it is stated that he "had" her many times for three nights in a row. Also that after her first time, there was blood all over her feet. Like, seriously gushing out... disturbing.
I'm waiting for it to be finished before I move from volume (i think) 7. It'll be a pity if it stops now... ^-^;
I guess I'm really tolerant...
But it is really extreme. Don't try it if you can't handle it. Really. DON'T.
A nice warning for all of you thinking about reading it.
One last thing... Shinju Mayu's manga isn't usually this explicit. Kaikan Phrase has a different feel to it, i guess. So does Ai Ore. I like them more. A lot more.

... Last updated on February 1st, 2008, 9:26pm
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Dubby
January 24th, 2008, 1:59pm
[edit by mod, warning: Possible spoiler]
[edit by mod, Foul language, but I can't say I don't understand why you would]

I... can't begin to explain how I'm feeling

After the whole rape incident in Volume 4, I... don't have any words. I was so disgusted. I actually started crying. It's so wrong. REALLY wrong.

You actually LOVE this girl?

Oh jesus christ...

Fudging girl, go kill yourself. >_> Do us all a favour. Escape from Hakuron's clutches that way, and do us all a favour that way too. Kill 2 birds with one [literally too, if you can manage that] stone. Everyone's happy.

I can't stop shaking after seeing that. After seeing the blood on her legs after the first rape, I literally started pulling my hair and screaming. I can tolerate EXTREME amount of sex, and violence, but that one scene DISTURBED me REALLY bad. Yes, I've seen lots of mangas / movies / hentai where the girl gets gang raped by 5768476048 guys and I can manage to watch through the entire clip without getting disgusted [maybe a "that's so wrong" comment, but I don't get all "OMGWTFDIE"]. I actually watched lots of disturbing videos [you know what I mean >_>] on the interwebz before, but never really flinched at any of them.

But for some reason I can't explain, that... REALLY disturbed me.

I can't stop shaking.

Not all Shinjo manga is this graphic. I actually like Kaikan Phrase.

Just... stay away from this one if you don't enjoy this stuff. -_-

Spoiler (highlight to view)
LOL @ THE ENDING. I literally cracked up.

I'm upping my mark from a 1 to 3 for the ending. xD +1 for Hakuron dying, +1 for it being on the WEDDING, and another +1 for the random character appearance -THE WAY HE DIED - AHAHAHA, EPIC XD. However, I'm deducting one mark for the girl staying alive. Damn.

Total = 3


Great ending. Thanks, Shinjo xD I still love you for that. <3

P.S.S I was looking through the comments, and I'm completely flabergasted. How are people that, like myself, find this manga disturbing "immature"? Oh, right, because thinking rape + love is like 1+1=3. IT DOESN'T GO TOGETHER. Never does irl, never will.

No one who gets kidnapped & raped lives "happily ever after" with their captor/rapist. And for those that say that Kurumi was willing to the rape... Yea, sure, of course I'd wanna have sex with someone that killed my friend~ In fact, that really turns me on. So cut the BS and get on with reality - WHICH THIS MANGA TOTALLY LACKS.

Kurumi is a retard whom should get shot. You RETURN to your rapist willingly, only to have him rape you some more. Then bitch about not being able to get away. Uh, okay. I just can't add 2 and 2 here.

This story isn't "the best of the best" nor is it "romantic". It's the worst of the worst, unappealing to women, and no way in hell is it romantic. There is no excuse to rape - and Hakuron's excuse to rape her was the stupidest reasoning I've ever read in any manga.

Hakuron was right to die (I mean, that kid did do it because... Get serious, if you saw someone raped in front of your eyes, and then a few months later, the rapee happily walking the streets with her rapist... Uh, WTF?

Overall, this series is fucked anyhow. And anyone who thinks we are immature for disliking it need to get an effing brain and use logic.

... Last updated on September 17th, 2008, 1:04pm
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