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Honey Bitter  
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Because of the extraordinary power she has, Shuri Otokawa was always living in the dark full of fear and distress. Eventually, she decided to become more optimistic about her life when she started a new job at her aunt's research laboratory. However, at such a crucial time in her life, the one who appears in front of Shuri is...?!


Related Series
Deep Clear (Side Story)

Associated Names
HONEY BITTER ฮันนี่ บิตเตอร์
Tuổi mật ong

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.30 by Evil Flowers over 2 years ago
v.7 c.29 by Evil Flowers over 3 years ago
v.7 c.28 by Evil Flowers over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (221 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.99 / 10.0
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September 6th 2017, 6:34am PST



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Cookie (Shueisha)

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Riki should die.   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by alex3510
February 11th, 2012, 4:31pm
One of the most irksome things about this manga is that she has not even tried to get vengance and is actually able to talk to him. Honestly, he should rot in hell. I love her as a character though, and her and Youta together is perfect. The author had better now screw it up and pair Riki and her together.
If I were her friend I'd douse him in gasoline so she could light the match and crisp him as black as his heart T_T

... Last updated on June 16th, 2013, 7:19pm
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All kinds of wrong   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by pshomid
January 26th, 2012, 2:54am
I planned to write a long review of this manga, and it's half-done. I should've known better.. because I think the problem with this manga can be summed up to just one sentence : it's that one of the potential romantic partner in this manga is a rapist (and judging from his behaviour, a serial rapist). And from the recent chapters it can be seen that he's a strong, uh, contender. In a good manga, his place's in the prison. In this manga, his place is in the main character's f***ing office, working beside her (thanks to her aunt).

Which is a hundred kinds of wrong. No matter how good the character development is, that's... totally fucked up. Not to mention that it's the wrong kind of character development --- any story where the heroine's constantly pressured by her colleagues to forgive her rapist and is heading toward it, i.e forgiving (and the word 'forgiving' itself lacks nuance), is wrong.

There are several issues here as well, but the most nauseating one is that. And it's enough to make me stop reading.

... Last updated on January 26th, 2012, 2:57am
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Rating: N/A
by kichiX
January 22nd, 2012, 10:38am
I tend not to write comments until the end of a series, but there was one thing that annoyed me in this manga.
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It was the Aunt's reaction to Shuri telling her about what happened in her past. Although I'm sure the Aunt was trying to get Shuri to be strong, telling someone who feels like they've been raped they just have to put up with it and move on with life? Obviously Shuri needed to get her life back on track, but there have to be better ways to do it than how the Aunt dealt with it. I mean, seriously? She hit the dude but didn't do anything else for Shuri. It really irritated me.

Aside from that this is good. Not overly interesting, but okay. Glad that Shuri is finally moving on and not letting her past hold her back although who knows what will happen in the future.

... Last updated on July 29th, 2012, 9:38am
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Good plot   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Auwx
November 27th, 2011, 6:13am
The plot is nice, not very complicated but entertaining. The factors that make me give it such a high rating are :
-good characters and character development. Except for the ex I find them all to be likeable. Well if the ex ever tries to justify himself and shuri accepts it I'll have to stop here. But I hope it won't happen.
-a romance situation that evolves ! At first I thought it would be left till the very end, but it was not the case. And the romance is well done too. Again I hope it will not involve the ex ever.
-good art, though not baffling.
- a good team that works on it. Yes, it does count when you can have new chapters regularly in a high quality, and that you can expect the project won't be dropped. At least for me, so I also evaluate it.

In the end, highly recommended.
I just hope the author doesn't make a blatant mistake.

... Last updated on January 30th, 2012, 11:43am
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Interesting plot   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by 1122shadows
October 2nd, 2011, 8:20pm
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This is a good read. Shuri can read the minds of those around her. Shuri and Youta fall in love and work as private investigators. Unfortunately, Shuri's ex, Riki who scarred her from loving also works for the same agency. Whether or not Shuri can move on from a horrific past love and develop, depends on her new resolve and unbeatable determination. Shuri is a character that you can easily respect and develop an attachment for.
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Sooooo good!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Konstantine2010
September 14th, 2011, 8:47pm
This series is awesome! It gets everything right. Usually manga with the whole "hatred of men" thing fall flat. But the heroin in this series not only has a legit reason to hate men, she also doesn't magically get over it by falling instantly in love with some hot guy. Even if you don't like shoujo leads who are more the crybaby type, don't let this deter you. The series is called Honey Bitter after all, and her whinyness is justified. (Not to mention, it looks like we're going to get some fabulous character growth throughout the series.) In fact, all the characters and their emotions seem well thought out. Not to mention the male lead is completely adorable.
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I almost died when he asked her to read his mind all about how much he liked her, and that her friend was trying to help him win her over. Too cute!

It's also refreshing that it's not 100% about the romance and the female leads past trauma. There's a nice plot involving detectives and the female leads ESP abilities that keeps the story interesting as well.

I would highly recommend this! Obana-sensi does not disappoint!
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by b_gurlthunder
May 4th, 2011, 7:47pm
The female lead was different but yet intresting.
I felt sorry for Shuri of her experience with a guy.
But yohta seems to be great for her if only she got over her hatred for guys.I can't blame her for hating them but she should only hate Riki because then she would be with Yohtasmile other than that the story is not to bad
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Very realistic.   
Rating: N/A
by julielivia
March 5th, 2011, 6:15am
One of the best works I've read so far. The characters are realistic and believable. The heroine is a person many readers can relate too. Manga focuses on variety of themes and approaches, it's not just about romance or work, the characters are dimensional.
I do however believe it is targeted at older audience.

... Last updated on March 5th, 2011, 6:18am
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She is awesome   
Rating: N/A
by silverdezz
December 7th, 2008, 3:35pm
Finally, a girl for all the girls to look up to!
i am kind of tired watching those girls who blush whenever a cute guy approach and sleep with a guy just because he wants to...
this girl is more realistic....she still is naive in some point but reasonable...
i love her attutide toward the two's like more modern day atttudie girls are like........
totaly recommand
the relationship is sweet too
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A nice surprise   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by ajmanga
July 17th, 2008, 10:35am
The summary doesn't do it justice. I read it and I loved it. It's not too typical in the romance area and the female lead is pretty cool. I wouldn't call it mature but then again I've only read up to volume 2 ch 2. The detective thing is pretty cool. It's my type of series. Avid_reader's review below was right on. That's why I decided to give it a try.

... Last updated on July 17th, 2008, 10:40am
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