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Fake, Volume 01 (Fake #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,849 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Ryo and Dee, two of New York City's finest, are called in to investigate the activities of some two-bit street punk. The operation goes south rather quickly when Dee is kidnapped and Ryo must put all of his skill and training to the test to get his partner back in one piece. Their partnership is on the line as electrified emotions raise feelings between the two guys that a ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by TokyoPop (first published 1994)
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Trin
My first yaoi! Aww. Here are my thoughts, which I’m sure you are dying to hear. ;-)

I…liked it? But didn’t love it? I mean, it’s very cute, but it’s so…well, immature. There’s an aside from the author at one point where she says, “Well, this is really a girls’ comic, anyway” and…yeah. That’s the problem for me. It’s clearly written with teen girls in mind, and while I must say that Japanese teen girls are TOTALLY AWESOME if this is what they like, I think I’ve outgrown it. Ryo and Dee, the two pr
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QS
Oh man, this series. There are pretty much no words for my love of it. I remember reading it when it first came out about eight years ago and loving it so much that I somehow managed to convince my dad to buy the last volume of it (which was wrapped in plastic to protect innocent eyes) without him actually know what it was about. I recently decided to reread a novel that I loved around the same time, and decided to dig this series out from under my bed for a reread to see if all of my taste was ...more
Lisa
Complete in English at seven volumes.

This manga started a whole new chapter in my life. I love this series. I don't care that the write up for it is so dismally bad--two cops with an attraction for action...and each other!

I love FAKE, and I, like so many of brethern, have been dropped into a whole new world of fangirling because of it.

The art style is steady and smooth and the developing relationship is fun, funny, and sexy as all get out.

When I read the preview for volume seven and found out
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Carl J Gray
I really enjoyed reading this manga, I know some people think that it can be quite immature but for me that was half the appeal. I really like the the whole tug of war going on between Ryo and Dee. I think it touches really well on the beginnings of a relationship, especially when one of the people involved is unsure of their sexual preference. Okay I admit that it can get a little confusing with the age fluctuation of the other supporting characters but once you get use to that it is a really g ...more
LiteraryLover
I love Fake so much. It's another one of my favorite m/m manga. The story involves Ryo and Dee, two cops who have just been assigned as partners. Dee is headstrong and boisterous while Ryo is much more laid-back and quiet. Dee develops feelings for Ryo and pretty much makes advances towards him for quite a bit of the series. The stories are your typical cheesy manga stuff but Dee and Ryo's relationship is really cute. It's an older series with some aged art inside but it's still well worth a rea ...more
Sofia
This is my favourite manga series and I decided to reread it. Just as amazing as I remembered it!
Pinky
Oct 14, 2013 Pinky added it
This volume seemed more authentic than number 2.
Somni
First BL series that I ever finished. Loved it and it's still one of my favorites. Dee and Ryo were a fun couple, also loved Bikky their in spirit son xD

I liked the little bit of cop drama and the goofy side adventures they had. Art style took a little getting used to for me back then, would undoubtably be something people would have to adjust to nowadays since the modern style of manga has shifted over the past 20 years since this was put out lol

It's a short but very fun to read story and defi
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Luula
Oct 26, 2012 Luula rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
I do believe that, like many others, this was my first venture into yaoi. I was familiar with the concept, naturally, but I hadn't actually read much, if any.

A college friend lent this to me. Whoop! College! She had threatened to lend it to a first time manga reader...

FAKE was interesting. It's the tale of Ryo and Dee, one of whom has just been put on the job. He is partnered with the other cop, and so the story begins.

The first crime they had to solve had a kid called Bikky involved. His father
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Caroline
Ryo arrives at his new post at the NYPD only to find he's been partnered with Dee -- a loud mouthed, belligerent, horndog of a man. However, despite Dee's forward comments and advances, Ryo finds he's a good partner who can think quick under pressure and save his ass when they're in hot water.

Their first case together has them trying to solve the murder of a man who was supposedly skimming drugs he'd been running for a kingpin. His son, Bikky, is somehow involved and, despite their differences,
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Monique
Jan 06, 2014 Monique rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: not recommended
HEY THERE! I'M YELLING REALLY LOUD! DOES THAT MAKE ME FUNNY?!?!
The volume for this whole book was loud. Everyone yells at everyone else...for comedic purposes? Couple that with awkward lines like "we call all the rookies new children" and "what's your Japanese name?" and you have a pretty unrealistic world filled with unrealistic characters.

The plot barely holds together and is pretty horrible much of the way through. The characters of Bikky and Carol threaten to be annoying in later volumes. B
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Alexandra
I think the only reason i held out on reading this one was the art. In the first volume, at least, the art has a bit of an old-style feel to it, it's not the same as many of the newer manga. But i am soooooo glad i got over that and read it.

This series is amazing! I'm absolutely in love with it and i'm not even finished yet. I'm a big yaoi fan but i think that even if i wasn't i would still enjoy reading this.

I think probably the best part about it is the relationship between the two main charac
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Mikael Kuoppala
I remember watching the quirky private detective comedy "Moonlighting" growing up. I didn't like the starring duo that much, but their quirky, sexually charged interaction as well as the completely tongue-in-cheek storylines really worked as a kid. The show was also smarter than it at first glance appeared.

The reason I'm babbling on about an 80's TV-series in this review is that "Fake" is essentially the very same thing. A serious detective gets paired up with a reckless one, the unlikely duo fi
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Bark's Book Nonsense
This is an illustrated story that reads back to front about two young male officers recently partnered up who are painfully attracted to each other. Dee is out and doesn't care who knows it (though he claims he's "bi") while Ryo is much more innocent and confused by his feelings. With Dee in the lead, he creates some cute, sexy, comical situations and steals a kiss from Ryo whenever and wherever he can. The two must fight drug lords and deal with young delinquents. The dialogue between Dee & ...more
Kirsti
This was one of the very first manga series I read as a whole a few years back, and my love for it hasn't altered much. Before this, I was stuck obsessing over yaoi fanfiction for normally straight characters, so imagine my surprise when I stumbled across the actual thing, for characters fully intended to be gay! I adored every second, and hunted down the whole set, sometimes paying way too much but knowing it would be worth it in the end.

So they're cops, and you get to see heaps of gore and vio
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Sherry
What a great start to the series. I wanted to read this for a looooong time. I remember watching the OVA years and years ago but I never got around to actually buying the manga. I got the complete series off ebay a few weeks ago and they finally arrived this week (I wish they were in a better condition, though). I was really exhausted and hurting that day when I finally got my hands on them but the story and characters sucked me right in and let me forget about my strenuous day. The art takes so ...more
Leila Anani
My favorire yaoi manga to date. Seven volume series following the romance between Ryo and Dee two newly partnered New York cops. Love the clean artwork, kooky characters and the story. Even the supporting characters like Bikky and Carol two teenage hoods that adopt our boys as surrogate parent/guardian figures are both really funny and very likeable.

This first book has 3 main stories: introduces Bikky as the cops do a drug bust, Carol as she pickpockets the wallet of a drug lord, and JJ the eag
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Taylor Troncin
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Ashley
This is a series close to my heart, since it was the first yaoi series I began collecting, if I remember correctly. It was also the first contact I had with yaoi anime--or in the case of FAKE, yaoi OAV.

FAKE is good, solid fun, IMO. The characters are endearing in their own ways, and the seven-volume run was pretty much perfect for the pace of the relationship development between Dee and Ryo. The one gripe about FAKE is that a lot of the development between the two men has a back and forth feel a
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Zel
Nov 23, 2012 Zel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yaoi and Shounen-ai fangirls
Shelves: r18
It's been years now and I still keep coming back to this series, my ultimate fave amongst the sea of Yaoi mangas! I always get butterflies in my stomach every time I read this. What I love about it is that there's no pedo stuff going on here(unlike most yaoi mangas today, ugh!) just adults with guns, an entertaining characters and story line and good laughs(humping like rabbits LOL). Oh yeah I looooove the art style! Late 80's flair and yeah Dee and Ryo are just drawn HOT. I was just disappointe ...more
Lisa Pegg
I think my first shounen-ai was Only The Ring Finger Knows so FAKE came along quite later on in my manga obsession.

The story is catchy, the characters amusing to get along with, and although seven volumes is quite short in manga terms, Sanami Matoh did a terrific job at spreading Dee and Ryo's relationship over in this number as, unlike most yaois, she didn't just cram it into one volume or oneshot, so we got to see the characters' flaws and insecurities more and more over time. The art may not
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amelia cavendish
I have a cold and so am feeling a bit sorry for myself and something that always makes me feel better is FAKE. Then I realised that I've never reviewed this series here so here we go...

Randy 'Ryo' MacLean joins NYPD's 27th precinct and is partnered with Dee Laytner, and so begins an epic 'will they? won't they?' romance with Dee chasing Ryo, but Ryo holding back, all while they are solving crimes together.

Why do I love it? Because Dee and Ryo are so clearly attracted to each other despite Ryo's
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Anna
Re-reading - read about a decade ago initially
momokaachan
Thoroughly enjoyable. This first volume is a lot about character development, although there is a fair bit of action too!

Ryo is sweet and smart, steady and (mostly) even-tempered. Dee is brash and aggressive, but is just the kind of partner you would be glad to have at your back! Add the smart mouthed and street-wise Bikky and the stage is set for the further adventures of...!

Less one star because I have been spoiled for art work.
Grace
I didn't really think I would enjoy this book so much once I started reading it because of the mangkas' style of drawing not fitting into the normal criteria box for manga books, but I would say that's just me "judging a book by its cover". this book was actually alright to the end of the first chapter and will certainly continue to read the rest of the book!
Maja Jeppesen
I really love this series as did a lot of my straight guy friends. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact, while the yaoi relationship between dee and ryo is there ) it isn't the only focus of the series. The mysteries are interesting, the characters are lovable (even binky) and the art is beautifully detailed. The yaoi is just a bonus. It's a great series.
Jessye
Oh my god I didn't think this would actually be on goodreads but it is!! This is my all time favorite manga ever and I suggest this to anyone whose into BL, especially with police, action, suspense, and comedy. This series has it all and every time I think of cops, I automatically think of Ryo and Dee. This is a must read for any BL lover!
Ericka annamarie
this series was one of the very first detective themed mangas and i can honestly say it quickly became one of my favorites. to this day i have yet to find a detective themed manga that i like half as much as i loved this one. even if this one was also a yaoi, part of what kept me coming back was the great police related story lines
Anka
Enjoyed this way more the first time I read it. Now it's just filled with flaws of logic, slurs, and honestly, a lot of rape-y behavior. I don't think I'll end up reading the other volumes. Eugh.
Kite
Ohoho, definitely one of my all-time favourite BL mangas. =^^= I recommend it to all BL readers.

There isn't anything hard-core (I don't like that), but the fluffiness with much obstacles and a tinge of angst meshes very well together.

It has a very solid plot too, so if all this interests you go and read this!
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