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Zettai Kareshi  
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From Viz:
Rejected way too many times by good-looking (and unattainable) guys, shy Riiko Izawa goes online and signs up for a free trial of a mysterious Nightly Lover "figure." The very next day a cute naked guy is delivered to her door, and he wants to be her boyfriend!
Has Riiko died and gone to heaven? The cute guy turns out to be sweet, smart, a great cook, and lots more. And he looks like a million bucks, which is what he's going to cost Riiko if she doesn't return him in time...

*Includes two other side stories in the last volume called:

Ohoshisama ni wa Sasemasen! (I Won't Let You Become A Star!) -
A special short story that was published in a freebie book put out in Sho-Comi. Sneaking into a boys' school to exterminate ghosts! However, what is the boy Chima has always admired doing there...!?
- ShoujoMagic

Shounen Aromatic (Aromatic Boy) -
Kabuki Takitsugu is a boy who has the family trait of smell. He can smell anyone's fragrance and find their perfect match. One day, a mysterious girl named Hatsune appears before him, asking him to find a match for her. But, for some strange reason.. Hatsune doesn't have a scent.


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Associated Names
Absolute Boyfriend
I Won't Let You Become A Star
I Won't Let You Become a Star!
Lui ou Rien ! (French)
Shounen Aromatic

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Aerie Scans
Syuura's Angels

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.29 by Syuura (4439d ago)
v.6 c.30-32v2 by Aerie Scans (4496d ago)
v.5 c.28 by Syuura's Angels (4541d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)
3 Bunko Volumes

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (1277 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.77 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 23rd 2016, 5:51pm PST



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Sho-comi (Shogakukan)
Shojo Beat (Viz)

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English Publisher
Viz (6 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #1573 decreased(-18)
3 Month Pos #1827 increased(+102)
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Trussardi
May 3rd, 2010, 1:46pm
The whole idea of being in a dilemma about having to decide if you want to date robot boyfriend when there's a really hot guy living nearby who is very interested was just so ludicrous to me, and the ending was just so bad that I don't see myself ever wanting to reread it. Especially after having read something like Chobits, which also does the whole human/robot love and relationships far better if we're meant to take it seriously.
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Mixed it with music and here are my results   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by baybh3e
April 11th, 2010, 1:03am
I read manga while listenening to "Only One" by Yellowcard during the sad moments. I think it was that was probably the main thing that made me cry at the end because the words of the song just fit so well with the manga. The only bad thing about it now is that I can't listen to that song anymore because it will cause my tears to well up in my eyes from thinking about this manga. May be because I'm sensitive. But I still recommend it nonetheless.
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so cool !!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by khazzz
March 5th, 2010, 7:09pm
i rated it for 10!!excellent!! hehee
i think this manga is sooo cool..esp the boys..ahaha..omg so good looking..hehe
night tenjo is really a perfect "man" or perhaps "doll"...ahaha
but long as he is perfectt hehheee...
i wish i had a boyfriend like that too..ahaha but not a doll XDXDXDXD
watase yuu always good in drawing boys ahaha smile)
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ARGH!!! The Ending!!! D:   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by astroasis
February 18th, 2010, 11:11pm
I think it's sad that this manga was my first introduction to Yuu Watase's work. It left me with a bad impression of her and a wondering of how it was she'd gotten so popular. I've since read a lot of her other titles and am slowly starting to reassess my opinions.

I think Night would've been a better character for me (more likable) had Soshi not been in the picture. I mean, the girl needs a robot boyfriend when she has a hottie next door who's in love with her? And then the whole "Do I date this robot or the hot real guy next door" dilemma was so frustrating. Hello? Robot or Human? Is this really a decision you need to stress yourself out over?

I kept reading, wanting to see how this would all end... and I have to say, I wish I hadn't. The ending was absolutely horrid. I'm going to use a spoiler tag here, so I can sufficiently rant about it for a moment:
Spoiler (highlight to view)
ARGH!!! This is one of the worst endings I've ever seen! It would've been one thing if Riiko had chosen Soshi as her man... but no, Yuu Watase went another way with this one. A ridiculous way. Riiko chooses Night... and then he goes kaput, so she ends up with Soshi anyway. On what planet is this a good ending? Soshi knows he's not the guy Riiko really wants to be with - and not only that, she chose a friggin' ROBOT over him. Night's kaput, so the ending sucks for him, too. And Riiko is now stuck with her second choice, always pining away for the first choice... who was a friggin' robot. Absolutely ridiculous.

I feel generous giving this manga a 6... but on the other hand, as much as I dislike the ending and found the characters/plot pretty ridiculous, it was still a decent read. It had its charming moments, I suppose... and wasn't a complete waste of time.

Also, it's always nice to have a horrible ending to complain about. XD
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There should be an anime also   
Rating: N/A
by darcyaglow
December 22nd, 2009, 1:01pm
I do not know why people here complaning so much =.=
This manga is obviously good! Just admit that!
The artwork is beautiful and the length of the series is just nice. Not so many unnecessary scenes though (the improvement of Yuu Watase) and not a single dull moment.
I do enjoy all the series.
There r many cliche in manga and it is impossible for the mangaka to come up with the totally 100% original idea. But I do think that if the mangaka can express her own style in story-telling and artwork, she is the winner.
Anyway, there should be an anime ^^ I think it gonna be successful just like the drama and the manga itself.
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My rating...why it's sooo low.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
October 14th, 2009, 8:31am
I rate this manga a four ONLY because the ending was the most decent part in the story.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
This was about one girl's imagination of the perfect boyfriend

This manga reminds me of Chobits; the concept of having a perfect a robot is ridiculous. I mean, while reading this, I could only ask one question of this manga: was she really so desperate that she would look for a perfect boyfriend in a robot? CLEARLY, it was programmed to be exactly what she needed but it's not real. And because it's a robot, it obviously had a shorter life span. Wouldn't it be more fulfulling, more honest to try to find a boyfriend who you will want to eventually marry? Despite this fact, I still appreciate the fact that she still had to work hard to maintain her cy-boy. It still shows us that the main character is not entirely fooled into believing it'll be there forever, even though that was what she wanted. It was like...having sex with your robot pet...

I gave it a pretty low rating. I would only recommended if you want a spur-of-the-moment slice-of-life kind of manga.

... Last updated on March 1st, 2015, 3:05pm
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Real Cute   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by escape
August 30th, 2009, 3:08pm
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Although it is your typical shoujo manga with the romance cliches and love triangle, I still really enjoyed the series. The main character Riiko annoyed me at times but she was decent. I loved the artwork too, the guys were such bishies :) A lot of moments just made me go "Awww so sweet"... at least once in each chapter. There were some plot turns too, which thankfully weren't dragged out. The ending, though inevitable, was still incredibly sad... but I didn't feel immersed in the story enough to shed tears. It's a great read if you have some time to kill(I finished it in 2 days! record (for me)), but if you want something more meaningful with a deeper plot, then this won't be for you.
Overall I give it 8/10 cuz it left me with a nice feeling and did keep me entertained.

... Last updated on August 30th, 2009, 8:17pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by prettykitty20034
August 22nd, 2009, 6:03am
This is fun, light entertainment. The plot is pretty shallow, and the main character is irritating, but Watase's art is beautiful. The humor worked for me as well. It's not going to win a literary prize, it's just entertainment and it was successful in that aspect for me.
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A guilty pleasure   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
June 7th, 2009, 3:51pm
Zettai Kareshi has no artistic value. It's completely cliches and female fantasies strung together with girly fanservice. And yet I absolutely loved it.

It really is all about indulging fantasies and providing an escape. And it's really good at it. There are all the staples of fantasies - stunning vistas, vacations, cute clothes, lots of subservient boyfriends. And it's all well-done. It's ridiculously girly and completely enjoyable. The art is great, too, with Riiko being really cute and the boys being gorgeous.

If you're the pretentious type - you know, you stick to stories that aren't shameless girl-pandering - I advise you stay away from Zettai Kareshi. There really isn't any substance here. But if you're just looking for a light, fun escape, this is a perfect choice.

... Last updated on March 29th, 2010, 8:49pm
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good read   
Rating: N/A
by danseuse
May 21st, 2009, 5:10pm
like a lot of watase-sensei's work, the art is gorgeous but the female lead is unfortunately a bit nerve-grating.

i'll admit, i cried at the end (but then again, i cry easily). but after when i thought about it, that was the only way it could have ended. (spoiler) human-android relationships aren't meant to last. (/end spoiler)

other than riiko's character, i was satisfied with the story.
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