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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

Groups Scanlating
Aerie Scans
Syuura's Angels

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.29 by Syuura over 12 years ago
v.6 c.30-32v2 by Aerie Scans over 12 years ago
v.5 c.28 by Syuura's Angels over 12 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)
3 Bunko Volumes

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


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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Serialized In (magazine)
Sho-comi (Shogakukan)
Shojo Beat (Viz)

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English Publisher
Viz (6 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #700 increased(+135)
Monthly Pos #1199 increased(+440)
3 Month Pos #1871 increased(+58)
6 Month Pos #2144 increased(+261)

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On 462 reading lists
On 418 wish lists
On 3771 completed lists
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Absolute Boyfriend Has Live-Action Korean Show Planned over 4 years ago

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So that's how it goes..   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ratyz
August 6th, 2008, 1:36am
After all the comedy and romance, we can't deny it to thread on deeper into emotions and realizations. This one definitely made me ponder how we value things and people around us. This would be one of those mangas that I would not forget.
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Too Short, but a good manga to read.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by yougotmebavb
June 24th, 2008, 2:33pm
Well the ending for suck at first, but the I thought of it and it was really realistic. The whole story was really addicting to read, lets say I finished the entire thing in 1 day. I just wish it was longer...
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good but not great   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by wait321
June 2nd, 2008, 9:22am
I really liked the humor at the beginning and the premise of the story. The ending was touching but most of the events were too contrived for me to enjoy. The whole premise of having a robot lover (from the future?) is too unrealistic and leaves way too many plot holes. Still, the story is quite moving and it was an enjoyable read overall.

... Last updated on June 25th, 2008, 5:09pm
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Rating: N/A
by destati
June 2nd, 2008, 12:36am
The beginning was very interesting, but the rest was just a bad case of a very very very indecisive girl. This manga is definitely NOT for older audiences or readers who have read better elsewhere.

... Last updated on June 2nd, 2008, 12:37am
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The sort of plot that makes you think...   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by ffleur
May 16th, 2008, 3:06pm
This is the sort of plot that makes you think...
At first I wanted Riiko to end with Soushi because Night was a figure. I thought "Duh! What a naive girl to fall in love with a... robot! lol"
But after you read it till the end, and realizes all the effort they made to end up together, despite of what the others would think, and even knowing it would never work... they really tried so hard!
It made me reconsider many pre-concepts I had about love. I think the mangaka wanted to say "When you love someone, you care more about the one's happiness that about yourself." and also "Love is not always possible, but let's make it beautiful till the very end."
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love is not just sugary perfection...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by water_angel
May 5th, 2008, 4:31pm
Spoilers in this post.

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Okay, I'm all for happy endings and stuff but I think some of you are taking this a bit too far. I mean out of all the comments I've read so far... it's prettimuch a general consensus that "the ending sucks!" or "what a disappointment, Yuu Watase!" or "don't read this because of the retarded ending!" I, however, disagree.

Just because it isn't a happy ending, or the ending that YOU want, that shouldn't discredit the fact that it was a good manga and that Yuu Watase is a good writer who really THINKS about her manga. It might not be the pretty ending that you want, but it's the ending the author wanted to depict and that should make you as readers think WHY.

Yes, Riiko and Night were in love, but Night was a figure - not human. Sure, Watase could have made it a sugary happy ending, but personally I feel like that would have made the manga less provocative. It would have been less believable, less moving, and less thought-compelling than her emotionally charged ending.

Think about it. Night is a figure - even Riiko truly realizes this in the end - which is why she has to move on. Night knows that he can't truly be human with Riiko forever either, because he will not age, cannot provide her with a family - cannot truly be her lover. He loves her but he can't provide her with a normal human love that he knows she deserves. Night severs all ties with Kronos Heaven so that he can be with Riiko, but he also knows that without their constant hardware updates and the like, he will die. Night knows that he can't give Riiko a normal human relationship because despite all his gallant efforts, he is still only a figure. So Night makes plans ahead of time to send a letter to Soushi when he dies, because he knows Riiko deserves a human love. Even if Night will one day wake up, Riiko cannot wait for him forever. Riiko says so herself that even if Night were to wake up someday she might be older or maybe even a grandma by then. It wouldn't work. Sometimes no matter how much people are in love, it just cant work out. Night was Riiko's first love but not her last love. Riiko's relationship with Night was a period in her life that made her finally understand love and grow as a person.

I think Yuu Watase's ending was the most reasonable conclusion to this manga. It doesn't spoil it's readers with "warm and pretty lies" that love is perfect - because it's not. Your first love may not be your last love. That's right people, love is not perfect and I think Watase did a beautiful job of depicting that with her bittersweet ending.

... Last updated on May 5th, 2008, 6:00pm
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Rating: N/A
by azeria
April 6th, 2008, 11:13pm
I agree completely with you rikasakagi *also had an almost breakdown at the end* & I'm not actually that emotional >_>

But this series is awesome, Night is so adorable, espicially as a Chibi =D People should definently read it.

I shall be buying it once Borders restocks xD
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Rating: N/A
by girlpower3
March 31st, 2008, 11:21am
im a yuwatase-fan..but after some bad comments i wonder if i should read this...i love her works and the art is excellent so people please dont ruint it for other someone else who wants to read this!!!
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Very good !   
Rating: N/A
by Frodogirl
March 16th, 2008, 2:49pm
This manga will have a japanese drama ! Starts april 8th ! I can't wait to see it and I hope Night will be as handsome as he's in the manga.
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It was great   
Rating: N/A
by Masura
March 4th, 2008, 9:05pm
After over 2 and 1/2 years of reading this manga in Shojo Beat, I grew to love the characters, and after Shojo Beat changed almost all of their manga I was glad that this one was still in there, though the ending was sad, you cant expect perfection, Yuu Watase had a lot of her plate with this series and Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden at the same time. It's one of those series that you have to love the artist and their other works to get the greatness that is Absolute Boyfriend in its entirety.
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