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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

Serialized In (magazine)
Hanaoto (Houbunsha)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #742 increased(+38)
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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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sandmonkeywoman
January 13th, 2009, 5:45pm
I found this title highly enjoyable. The story-telling is great, really directional, which is typical of this mangaka (she rocks!). The story goes someplace, and you care about it, you're riveted while you read. Or at least I was. I liked the way she does narrative voice a lot, as well. It's subtle, but it directs the story. And the characters are great- sometimes they are highly unlikable, sometimes they break your heart- definitely complex. Shades of gray. As far as the art goes... yes, sometimes it is a little hard to tell characters apart. And some of her male bodies are a little oddly shaped. However, overall I liked the art. Especially the way the artist provides you with highly realistic backgrounds, and reuses shots (drying laundry from below, anyone? I really liked the way she reused that)
The story is old... it really is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. After the first volume, I found myself thinking, "Wow, this is Romeo and Juliet" only, as I think someone said in a comment, the yaoi version. Or West Side Story. A lot like the yaoi version of West Side Story.
Anyway, overall highly recommended!
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No.1 in beautiful and unexpected ending   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by turpenoid
January 11th, 2009, 8:34pm
Most of the time, beautiful story =/= action and action=/=beautiful story.

1999 would give that a kick in the n*t.

Very heavy in plot and character. Every conversation means a lot, including ones without word. Complex story compare to the average manga (which is why it should be 11 out of 10).

I don't understand why people don't like the artwork, I find it unique.
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An Excellent Tragedy   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by yblees
December 6th, 2008, 9:16pm
There are is so much comedy/humour manga produced these days, it's possible to forget the sheer emotional extravagance of a good tragedy. I definitely recommend this.
The art from the 90's has dated somewhat, but not badly enough to detract from the story.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by khmershinobi
November 8th, 2008, 1:38am
Simply beautiful. Aside from the art, the plot and story make you want to read it, even if it gets confusing at times, but maybe that's just me. I cried my eyes out while reading this. The end especially tore my heart into two, in a good way because that's how good it was, but in a sad way too because it seriously made me cry.

Not recommended for the emotionally weak-hearted, but a good read if you are a yaoi fan looking for something sad, and are able to tolerate the artwork. The mangaka's art has gotten gorgeous over the past years btw, especially now.
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Great story   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by ogur
October 19th, 2008, 2:26pm
I liked the plot a lot. Especially the ending smile spoil, spoil smile It was extraordinary. I love unhappy endings as long as they make sense. Rose of Versailles is a perfect example of such nice unhappy endings.
Although the art is not of the best quality (I could not even distinguish the characters most of the time), since the story is so well-established, you should give it a try and read it.
I would like to read a sequel of this series. Yuchin and the little bot who admired him a lot would be an interesting couple. I hope the mangaka works on sth like that.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MasamiAkane
October 13th, 2008, 11:32pm
I bawled, like a baby.

Artwork aside, it's such a great manga. That's not to say that it's bad, it was hard to get used to, but I found it unique and appropriate in the end. There were several pages where there are no words/dialogue and I found them very lovely.

Oh the angst! Read it and weep :c
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so sad...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Shanni
May 26th, 2008, 11:59pm
by the end I'm sobbing nonstop

its so sad!!

but so good never the less


i recommend it
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Loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kira18
March 14th, 2008, 2:14pm
I wasn't too fond of the art and found it difficult to distinguish between characters sometimes. However, it has a great storyline and is like a yaoi version of Romeo and Juliet...very sad. =(

... Last updated on May 21st, 2008, 6:24pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by syne
December 17th, 2007, 2:28am
i didn't expect much from all the gangs and stuff, but this is truly 'plot heavy'. I recommend it to everyone who likes some angst and hardships of love. It's a little sad though, but isn't that how life's like?
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