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1999 Shanghai  
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From Beautiful Soup:

"1999" is an angsty and widely varied series about a bunch of teenagers. One of them is the son of a drug lord and so as you can imagine, all sorts of shit goes down, surrounded by a backdrop of convoluted and fluctuating interpersonal relationships.

This is a plot heavy manga with some mildly-explicit sexual activity.

This plot takes a new twist to Romeo and Juliet's forbidden love. It's July 7th, 1999 in Shanghai and there are two gangs fighting for control. Only in the ceasefire zone do people live in peace. In a chance meeting Xiaoxue, who is part of the Toulon's gang, and Dawu, from the Xianglongji's gang meet by chance and without knowing they are enemies. In the heat of the moment Dawu takes him to a place he has the keys to in hopes Xiaoxue will join him, but is turned down. With a simple kiss he leaves Dawu not knowing they will meet again, but in very different circumstances


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Associated Names
1999 年七の月~上海
1999 July in Shanghai
1999 Nen no Shichigatsu
1999-nen Shichi no Gatsu - Shanghai
1999nen 7 no Tsuki Shanghai
July 1999 - Shanghai
Ninteen Ninty Nine Shanghai
The Seventh Month in 1999 - Shanghai

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.5 by Beautiful Soup over 12 years ago
v.4 c.2-4 by Beautiful Soup over 12 years ago
v.4 c.2 by Beautiful Soup over 12 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (326 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.32 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 24th 2017, 5:10pm PST



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Original Publisher

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Hanaoto (Houbunsha)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #1145 increased(+370)
3 Month Pos #2570 increased(+249)
6 Month Pos #2889 increased(+540)
Year Pos #3792 increased(+217)

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This is not a tragedy   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by nguyenhuong
September 1st, 2011, 4:13am
This classic manga has been in my favourite list ever despite the seemingly-bad art. I was in awe to discover that this manga was of the same author with The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese series which I was very fond of. Dont be let down just by the art because it was so great a manga that it moved your heart and even shed your tears. The love-making scenes were also very .. yummy, haha, considering this was drawn in the 90ies.

I have only one comment though. This is not a tragedy. And it is clearly said in the few last pages of the manga, see it for yourself. This is, for me, a happy ending.

... Last updated on September 1st, 2011, 4:17am
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by whatislove12345
April 22nd, 2011, 1:52am
I wish that some day the author would redraw this entire manga...Reading through the comments I can see that the manga has a good plot, but honest to God, I just cannot get pass the art even though I've tried to several times. It is just too simple and down right ugly.
I love to read angsty mangas. In fact, I've read the author's The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese and its sequel and came to accept the illustrated arts in those mangas (They were a fantastic read). But this one...I don't think I will ever try reading it again.

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2011, 1:55am
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perhaps one of the best out there...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chocoripeyes
January 10th, 2011, 5:00pm
you know something is REALLY good when while you're reading it, you actually FEEL your heartstrings being pulled...hard. it's sort of an aching feeling.

what's unique about this manga is how in intimate moments, they have a little or no dialogue...letting the story and the moment happening in the manga flow page by page. yes, the art is 90s, but for a series this good, the art works out just fine. this is a great story about true love, sacrifice...great stuff! just a beautiful storyline and manga - from beginning to the very end.

DON'T MISS THIS ONE! (seriously)
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Great read   
Rating: N/A
by goal
April 8th, 2010, 5:21pm
If you come across this manga, pick it up and read it. Don't pass it. It's worth the read!! The reviews already posted here cover everything. I agree with most of them and I think they would be a good guide to the manga.
It's funny how sometimes it is so easy to look past the art and still enjoy the manga. This is one of those cases. The characters and story are so gripping that you don't concentrate on the art. I am not saying the art is that bad, I don't think it is. I find it unique/different. But i didn't focus on it. I was more interested in the progression of the story to notice the gaps in the art.
The story feels like it is capturing a real time period in shanghai's gang history and these two characters seem very real. Their history and the events that happen to the main characters also are very plausible. I don't like reading tragedies but If i imagine a happy ending I don't think it would befit this story, so the author did justice to the manga by keeping it strong and in its element. I applaud the mangaka for creating a powerful manga, with a consistently strong and gripping plot, right till the end.

... Last updated on April 8th, 2010, 5:22pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
February 19th, 2010, 9:05am
I'm so sad after reading this. sad But it was good.

The art is rather the nineties-ish (which is no surprise since it was made in 1996, haha), but you get used to it after a while. One thing though, sometimes it's hard to distinguish one character from another, because their haircuts are the only thing different about them (and some have the same haircuts, agh!).

The plot is like a modern Romeo and Juliette.

... Last updated on February 19th, 2010, 9:08am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by nai3334
January 7th, 2010, 4:03am
This is truly a must read! The art work is not really good in my opinion but the story is fantastic! If you was to escape from all the yaoi mangas just based on sex this will be for you! By the time i got to the end of Chp. 2 i was captivated by it! So beautiful and just wonderful! I over looked this manga more than once but once i read it i couldn't get enough. It will definitely not disappoint!
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pretty awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by happyliez
April 7th, 2009, 1:27am
Like others have said, this kind of reminds me of Let Dai crossed with Romeo and Juliet in a way....forbidden love, rival gangs, city backdrop -- the art is worse than Let Dai but has that same 80's feel to it. It is very good, very emotional, nicely paced....

It isn't blowing my mind away (yet), but it's a very good story, very well thought out. You grow to respect the mangaka.

One thing that's amusing is that I've just finished volume 2, and it suddenly seems like it's turning into one of those yaoi universes where *surprise surprise* everyone is gay. LOL. It's not contrived, but. Just. Lolz. Also. fuu fuuuu...A good thing about it taking place in gang-controlled Shanghai is that few people make it past 30, so everyone's young and beautiful. ♥♥♥

... Last updated on April 7th, 2009, 1:36am
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It's really, really good.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Yuenchi
February 24th, 2009, 3:27am
I don't love the artwork but seriously, it doesn't matter that much. This is one very interesting title, I highly recommend it. Not only the main pairing, the other pairings (or semi pairings) are wonderfully presented. It's nowhere near boring, the story gripped me from beginning until the very last chapter, and... *weeps*. Kudos to the scanlator, too.

... Last updated on February 24th, 2009, 3:31am
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definite yaoi classic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by doll-chan
February 6th, 2009, 7:24am
I can not believe how much I cried at the end of this manga. It's just so sad....and really pretty at the same time.

I read this manga once or twice a year, because it just really is an awesome story, which will leave you feeling like total sh*t afterwards. xD

But it's totally worth it! Read this yaoi classic! <3

... Last updated on February 7th, 2009, 11:50am
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Rating: N/A
by Kironomi
January 18th, 2009, 12:45pm
I think I've fallen in love with this story.
The first time the two main characters hugged, it made me tremble!
I love this kind of angst.I love the art, the story is amazing.The only down I can find is that some characters are really similar.
A totally worthy manga!
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