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Little Butterfly, Vol. 01 (Little Butterfly #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,143 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The cute, outgoing Yuki Kojima and the mature misfit Atsushi Nakahara, are two boys as different as can be - and yet, somehow they are attracted to each other. Kojima seeks to befriend the class outcast and soon learns of Nakahara's troubled family life - the uncaring, abusive father and mentally unstable mother. As Kojima yearns to somehow comfort Nakahara, he gradually b ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 16th 2006 by Digital Manga Publishing (first published January 10th 2004)
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Beth Chandler
Aug 15, 2008 Beth Chandler rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes yaoi; teens interested in glbt fiction
Recommended to Beth by: saw it on the book cart at our library
One of the best yaoi manga--in fact, one of the best manga--I've ever read.

The story starts off with a traditional trope: the friendly, somewhat naive Kojima befriends the outwardly surly new high-school student Nakahara. Kojima trails after Nakahara when he breaks off from the group during a school trip and the two get to know each other.

Their relationship develops from acquaintances to friends to love amidst normal high-school concerns and more serious issues appropriately blended and treate
Eigentlich ist der Plot dieses Mangas komplett vorhersehbar, klischeehaft, und im Endeffekt könnte man Kojima einfach einen Rock anziehen und man hätte einen Shoujo-Manga vor sich! Ich bin, was das Shounen-ai-Genre angeht, recht geteilter Meinung. Einerseits liebe ich es, andererseits nervt mich diese klischeehafte Rollenverteilung von "Seme" (männlich) und "Uke" (weiblich) total. Trotzdem hat "Kleiner Schmetterling" einen besonderen Platz für mich, da es mein erster eigener Shounen-ai Manga war ...more
Little Butterfly is definitely near the top of my list of cutest shounen-ai mangas that I've read. Both characters, though cliche, were certainly lovable and made this manga fun to read. But, I found that the plot didn't really do anything for me. I already know what the plot's about, since this is my 3rd or 4th time rereading it, so I wasn't that interested when I reread it again tonight. I basically skimmed the pages with plot and just soaked up the boy love. The art is great! A cute, yet too ...more
High schooler Kojima has always been somewhat intrigued by the taciturn outsider Nakahara. When Kojima makes persistent efforts to befriend him, though, Kojima not only learns how troubled Nakahara’s family life is, but he turns Nakahara’s eyes on him in a way he never expected.

Most mangas I’ve read have plots that range from the merely implausible to the frankly ridiculous, which hasn’t really bothered me since they are largely designed for fanservice and you have to accept them on their terms
I have mixed thoughts on this. Guy has a father who hits him, a mother who's crazy and in some weird religion, and so he wants to run away. But instead, he gets to know this kid in his class. They become friends and he falls in love pretty quickly. While the other kid isn't sure how he feels.

So, sort of cliched angst. But the boys are rather sweet. And the story was moving quickly and it was a fast read.

I'd like to read the next two volumes, but I'd rather not have to buy them. Alas, it seems vo
This review is for the italian edition.

3,5 stars.
This was definitely a cute coming-of-age story, mixed with a very sweet romance, but I admit that the fact that the protagonists were still high school students made me feel uncomfortable during the sex scenes, even though it was handled really well overall. So I'm just going to avoid that kind of story in the future.
Nyie Rombeng
little butterfly looks as from MASCULINISM to FEMININSM.
Relationship between kojima&nakahara looks natural&not naive or hypocrite(in my mind).
great friendship become the lovers,i appreciate that & i reccomended to all of u who believe LOVE&FRIENDSHIP till now:)
Dec 02, 2010 Kayla rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I own this on a CD, and was a little afraid to read it.

I was just starting out with yaoi, so....

But... for a yaoi/bl/shonen-ai aficionado like myself, I soon found I adored these two boys. ;)
So sweet... i like Nakahara as a seme, don't y'all?? (>x<) *good pairing~~~!*
Aug 29, 2012 Molly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Very cute. Not a whole lot of story, but sweet- and I'm glad it's out there.
nice and romantic and i want to read it again
Sweet story.
Jan 06, 2010 Julia rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Great school-days yaoi!
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Takanaga Hinako (高永 ひなこ) is a popular yaoi manga-ka. She has also provided illustrations for several yaoi light novels by other authors, including The Guilty by Katsura Izumi. Her first manga story, 合格祈願 (Goukaku kigan, Prayers for a passing grade?), was published by Hanamaru Comics in 1997; it was later reworked as the first chapter of Challengers. Most of her works have been translated into Engl ...more
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