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Yuuutsu na Asa   
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Associated Names
Blue Morning
Ein melancholischer Morgen (German)
Gorzki poranek (Polish)
Melancholic Morning
Меланхоличное утро
ตราบสิ้นอรุณโศก (Thai)
우울한 아침

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Fujoshi Ninja

Latest Release(s)
c.29 by Fujoshi Ninja & Cesegura & Hourou Musume over 6 years ago
c.28 by Fujoshi Ninja over 7 years ago
v.6 c.Extra by Cesegura over 7 years ago
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8 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (509 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0

Last Updated
May 2nd 2021, 1:56pm



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Serialized In (magazine)
Chara Selection (Tokuma Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
SuBLime (8 Vols - Complete)

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Ugh.. its too good.  
by herosusan123
May 16th, 2021, 7:18pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
The amount of detail put into this story is brilliant, and I have to say, Hidaka Shoko is a master at character development! The difference in the relationship between Katsuragi and Akihito from beginning to end was so carefully crafted.. Akihito really matured into such a wonderful person by the end, and his love for Katsuragi was so pure and endearing. The story had many other interesting aspects as well. It was fun to read about the lives of noblemen in historic Japan (regardless of how accurate it may be), and how Akihito was trying to shift his focus on the industry so as to remain relevant in the future when the peerage is no longer significant. Each and every character was drawn for a reason, and all of them had depth to them rather than just being there to serve as garnish. The artwork is slightly old fashioned for my taste. However, it was still very beautifully drawn and suits the time period of the manga. I think it was around 8 years ago that I stopped reading this so that I could read it all in one go in the future, and I'm really glad that I came back to finish this wonderful manga. Also, as others have already mentioned, this is truly a one of a kind BL manga. You may find it slow or difficult to understand at times, but this is one of few manga where so much time was invested in creating an intricate/interesting story between the two protagonists.

... Last updated on May 16th, 2021, 7:25pm
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So thankful for this story  
by cslebras
April 3rd, 2021, 10:18am
Rating: N/A
Somehow it seems rare to find an 8 volume complete yaoi of this caliber. It is outstanding and will be re-read again and again. I wish for more like this.
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the only manga that matters  
by heroyin
April 12th, 2020, 7:36am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Simply the best manga out there - complicated, great characters, intricate plot, the love so delicate and terrifying at the same time... combined with best art style which i've seen in manga = the masterpiece. Read it. You will not regret it.

... Last updated on April 12th, 2020, 9:28am
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by black_bunny0524
September 11th, 2018, 1:29pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I wonder why the manga hasn't get adapted into at least an ova. This is an 1 out of 100 BL manga type. Have plot so deep and I love how it chose plot over obligatory sex scenes even if it isn't shounen-ai. Katsuragi is one of the best uke I ever found, he acts like a man too. And Kuze's character development awe me. I love how "love" is depicted in this manga, from something horrible like rape turned into something too sweet, and the conflict isn't a mere third-wheeling and all which we have a lot in the romance genre. I wish this got animated or got a live action with decent actors.

... Last updated on September 11th, 2018, 1:30pm
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I really like the Manga!  
by vadess40
August 1st, 2016, 11:58am
Rating: N/A
This manga is a complex one, and hard to get into as a series, yet I cannot tear away from it as it got going. Re-reading the first 5 volumes, I think I can give a more accurate review:

What I liked:
1. I like that it is more plot driven than most yaoi manga. Sex is great, and m/m coitus is part of what drew me to yaoi, but at times it can be tedious and lead to too many repetitive storylines. I'm glad that in Blue Morning the author gave us a break from that usual repetitiveness by setting up the characters, setting, and the plot before we got to our first sex scene. This is something I loved in "Little Butterfly" and I'm glad the mangaka decided to go this route here.

2. It is nice to get to know Japan during the dying days of the feudal system. I always enjoy manga and anime that teach me more about the culture they grew out of.

3. The characters grow from stiff to compelling. It makes me wonder if the author did this on purpose. My favourite narratives, whether book or manga or comic of movie or TV show, are those where things are not always what they seem. So what better way to do that than paint these characters as the stereotypical seme and uke characters that people are expecting, and little by little unravel their real identities as fully developed and flushed out characters? Brilliant if you ask me!

Things I Didn't like:
1. Still did not like the rape scenes at first. Coming from someone who has written gay romances before, I really do not like the trend of "rape= love" that is rampant in yaoi. I'm glad that it fit in with the plot, and wasn't used as a crutch, BUT after reading in many forums stories by men who have been sexually assaulted, I cannot appreciate yaoi that subtly or blatantly tries to re-write violent acts in which a person horribly violates another human being as an act of love.

2. I find this story is hard to understand if one does not have a basic understanding of the Japanese Feudal system. On the positive, reading it is compelling me to do research about it. I probably will share information on the forums on it.

3. If it comes to an end in volume 6, I won't like it!
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I love it  
by jongjongie
January 27th, 2016, 2:01am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
The story might somehow be typical, but the way she tell it still excites me. The only thing I want her to improve is her characters' facial expression, it looks a bit stiff. And since I'm generous (lol) I still give it 10 points.

... Last updated on December 8th, 2018, 12:47am
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Grew on Me  
by sarin68
September 22nd, 2015, 8:54pm
Rating: N/A
If definitely had to grow on me. I read a chapter or two one week, then the rest of the volume and it just snowballed from there until I ran out of pages to read.
It seemed dry at first, and I definitely prefer the way the characters developed to what they started as. Same with the plot: dry at first but eventually it bore such sweet juice.
It's not hard-core porn, if that's what you're looking for, but it's actual plot and good plot at that. If the premise interests you the least bit, stick with it. It'll get better.
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When talking about YNA, I only have good things in mind.  
by herenk
July 29th, 2015, 4:43am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
In hindsight, like many people, I initially avoided this manga due to "dry" plot line that felt cliché to the T. Also, I didn't like the art style.
A lot of time has passed since then, and only now, do I realise that there are only a handful of yaoi manga that top this one on my list. Before I re-read YNA, I'd already fallen in love with the art style without knowing from reading her other works.
The characters are beautifully crafted to subtly develop unexpected traits that flourish with the help of each other.
The story follows Akihito, who's characterisation is punctiliously romantic. His intentions are incredibly deliberate and very obviously subsists on love and affection as he's grown up absent from such tenderness. At times, it pushes him to do terrible things, but we all learn from our mistakes, and it shapes him into a benevolent, selfless protagonist.
I don't know if this is specific to me, but I've realised that when starting out with yaoi, you tend to indulge in popular manga like Sekaiichi, Love Stage, Junjou etc, straying away from realistic art and slower plot lines.
Only when you've read mangas like YNA, or other rich, slower progressing realistic manga, do you realise that you've developed this magical acquired taste to mature sentimentalism, and that can never really go back to generic yaoi. YNA has something extremely special about it. Something that can keep you reading it non stop for hours on end, a force keeping you at the very edge of your seat. Something heart wrenching that is ever so tenderly felt when taking your sweet time to squint at the meticulously crafted images and read between the lines.
I admit that there's a lot of complicated social structure/politics dialogue (which I congratulate the scanlators for translating so well) and I know many people tend to tune out to this… For me, it adds stratified depth into the story, and creates wonderful textual integrity.
Not only is YNA an absolute masterpiece in itself, but personally, I've discovered that each time I read it, I never fail to find that it encompasses new treasures that were hidden before, making it an absolute pleasure to read. Yes, YNA is painfully slow to some, but time and time again I find myself scrolling to the end of my manga list, to satiate myself with this deliciously alluring gem. Needless to say, I highly recommend!!!

... Last updated on July 29th, 2015, 4:43am
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An amazing manga  
by laevateinx
June 17th, 2015, 8:23pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I made an account specifically for recommending this manga.
This manga is historical and may be a bit heavy and dry especially with the mention of ranks and peerage. But DO NOT let that deter you from reading further, Yuuutsu na Asa is an amazing piece of work, one of the best yaoi manga I've ever read. The art is nice, the character development is substantial and the chemistry between Katsuragi and Akihito is so touching.
Please read it, my heart is crying.
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Such cruel love  
by mashimaro12345
September 4th, 2014, 9:10am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I've always avoided historical yaoi manga because I've always thought that things would be slow paced till the point that I will lose interest.
However, this manga is the total opposite! Since page one I've been mesmerized with the characters, their different personalities, and the emotions portrayed with mere art are just amazing. I would say the characters here are very peculiar, in a good way unlike the usual yaoi manga and the character development is very good. I love it when Akihito becomes more mature for the sake of Tomoyuki, how the characters are somewhat vulnerable at times and during these situations they will find comfort in each other.
I love the way the author made them confess their feelings to each other, simple words but words that mean a lot.
Artwork of course, is splendid. The main thing that makes this manga so very good is its detailed plot with its unexpected twists and turns, making the readers crave for more. It's a masterpiece.
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