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Izaki always did well in life, no matter it was school or tennis. Nothing was handed to him; all was gained through effort and diligence. Because of his straightforward nature, he tended to clash with others. That was the way he knew and he extended his belief not only to himself but also the people around him. He was satisfied with his modest achievements, that is until he met the true genius, Hakamada...

Hakamada, the quiet prodigy insomuch as things just come easily to him. He doesn't have to work or study hard, and manages to come out on top which is frustrating for Izaki who realizes he'll never reach that level no matter how hard he tries.

At the school reunion after 8 years, Izaki finds himself drinking like old friends with his self proclaimed rival. Before he can even make sense of the strange situation, he found himself in a strange bed...


1.Aisarechattano / アイサレチャッタノ (2004)

2.Ai no Tameni / 愛のために (2005)


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v.1 c.4 & Extra by Peccatore Sanctuary over 12 years ago
v.1 c.3 by Peccatore Sanctuary over 12 years ago
v.1 c.2 by Peccatore Sanctuary over 12 years ago
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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (467 votes)
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my fav manga!!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by robororobo
June 17th, 2010, 3:02pm
i love this manga so much. i dont get it why some people told this manga is bad.
i think it's not. it's really lovely, i couldnt stop to read it, i want to read more manga like this. the relationship is just kinda love-hate relationship. and i do really love this kind relationship.i love this manga so muuuuch
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Sure the synopsis misleading but...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by hollyivy
February 17th, 2010, 9:29am
I sort of liked it. Sure, it's not the most original story, but it's a nice manga to read on a rainy day. It's sweet, and I like the characters. Aisaretaino reminds me of Special A in a way..It's like the yaoi, smutty version.

... Last updated on February 17th, 2010, 9:36am
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I can't really pick on it... but...   
Rating: N/A
by cocoaplaya
August 9th, 2009, 7:16pm
I can't really pin point what I didn't like about this manga... other than that I just really couldn't feel for the characters what-so-ever. I wouldn't have cared either way if they had gotten together or not... I really didn't feel that connection between the two. And I really couldn't see 'sparks fly' when they were together. The manga just was lacking in... flavor? I guess... the best way to describe this manga is like eating sugarless chocolate ice cream... it isn't like it's crap... but it isn't anything like the real thing: yummy, creamy, sugary, fatty, chocolate ice cream... yeah... that's the only way I can describe this manga.

... Last updated on August 9th, 2009, 7:17pm
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Hard to start but Addicting   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ilovetoast
April 16th, 2009, 2:04am
To be honest, I personally found it was hard to start and I had to skip roughly the first 10 pages, but once I got into the story, I couldnt stop until I finished. And like many of her other stories, I wanted more!! >_<
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mica363
September 8th, 2008, 11:26pm
I love this one, it has this nice emotional battle that is well delivered. Confusion and frustration comes pouring out of Izaki has he tries to figure out his real feelings when it comes to Hakamada, but the truth was always there and finally he is able to show his emotions honestly. Hakamada is so cute and cool in how he loves Izaki, everything he does, is and was for Izaki.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by elenaluz
December 26th, 2007, 7:52pm
I love how Hakamada seems so unemotional and unresponsive in the beginning, but then it turns out it's just 'cuz Izaki wasn't looking for his expressions. I also like how Yamakami-sensei imbued the last scene with so much emotion. I also found it funny that Izaki, who blamed Hakamada for Izaki's not being able to read his intentions, can't bring himself to tell Hakamada how he feels. The scene at the end that explains everything that went before made me laugh out loud!

... Last updated on December 26th, 2007, 7:55pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wiskiz
September 2nd, 2007, 7:33pm
the artwork's good but i do agree that the synopsis provided is a little misleading - it's more like an adult remembering his high school rivalry but falling in love with his rival... GOOD WORK! a must read...
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Didn't really like it   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by somexchic
August 3rd, 2007, 11:37pm
i found that the developing feelings and interaction between Izaki and Hakamada were extremely awkward and unrealistic. it didn't feel like something that could happen in real life (i don't mean the plot, just the conversations between the characters)
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Too cute story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by saintangel
April 8th, 2007, 12:55pm
Can't stop smiling
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incredibly sweet and a little angsty   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by grumble_cakes
March 16th, 2007, 1:16pm
The synopsis is actually a little misleading- this is not a school life story, the plot takes place 8 years after that. After a school reunion Izaki finds himself in a relationship he never agreed to with Hakamada, the guy he hated so much in highschool. Hakamada is stone faced and unresponsive like he was back in school and it's interesting to see his awkward and sincere attempts to get close to Izaki who thinks he's just being used for sex. oh, and there's some good smut in there too.

... Last updated on March 16th, 2007, 1:18pm
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