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Fake, Volume 01

(Fake #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,587 ratings  ·  96 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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Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
At first I thought this was pretty dumb, with the ridiculously hot and young detectives doing a terrible job of police work (never following procedure, yelling at their chief, ranting about everything they're asked to do) and the slapstick drug dealers and the racist humorous-sidekick brown street kid that Ryo lets move in with him and --

And then as I was formulating this to myself, I realized it was a parody of that sort of American odd couple cop action comedy movie, with some cute guys kissi
Jun 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A little sentimental journey to the past. The story is a little more bland (and with some problematic themes that scream both it's manga and it's been made in 90s) than I remembered but the art is a little better so there is that. I still find this story about two cops cute and funny at times so yeah, a really nice way to waste my evening when I can't think thanks to a deadly case of cold.
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, m-m-romance, lgbt
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
Carl J Kennedy
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
This is my favourite manga series and I decided to reread it. Just as amazing as I remembered it!
Oct 14, 2013 added it
This volume seemed more authentic than number 2.
Taleisin (Tales of a Bookwyrm)
2.5 really -- I don't know what to think of this manga. On the one hand I like the characters and their dynamics. I love the slow burn romance, as Ryo and Dee develop feelings for each other. Race is not handled in the best way, with Dee bluntly confronting a number of characters about their ethnicity. This may be the fault of translation. What really bothers me, though, are the issues of consent. While it is clear that both Ryo and Dee [male police detectives] are attracted to each other, Dee i ...more
quick series review:
so, so good!
I had not read fake in years and oh, I am so glad I did so on a whim! the series is just so refreshingly free of many of the genre's most troubling and terrible stereotypes, it's a truly a breath of fresh air! and then there are the very lovable, well-rounded main and side characters... fake is just really, really good.
some of the smaller cases feel a bit rushed and I wish some arcs/cases had more time to them, but overall the crime story aspect of fake is solid
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtaq, nostalgic
Probably by today's standards, these would be problematic to someone. I only have vague memories of the series. But I can't deny that I loved this series when I was a clueless younger fangirl. I believe upon rereading that I will still love them. It's hard to start disliking something nostalgic and as cliche as it sounds, close to your heart. That sounds weird, I know. It is a fangirl thing, I think. I wonder what makes us into such fangirls and why I'm not still in super fangirl mode over thing ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, manga-comics
Ah, FAKE, my utterly problematic love. In the first volume, we're introduced to the main characters, Dee Laytner and Randy Ryo Maclean. And, because this is a BL manga, we're also introduced to Dee's obstinate refusal to take "no" and "stop" for answers. It's not too bad in the first manga - just a surprise kiss - but it does ramp up throughout the series, making the main pairing super problematic. But the characters are nicely developed, and, unlike a lot of other BL manga, a lot of the story a ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series will always have a spot in my heart. Every time I read this series, I fall in love with Dee and Ryo all over again. Two New York detectives fighting crime and gradually falling for each other. Dee is bisexual, known to go after anyone good looking, and he has his sites on his new partner,Ryo. Ryo, unsure of his own sexuality, is not sure how to handle Dee, let alone his own heart.
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Rounding up from what would be a perfect 2.5 - it's a very cute, light read with some instantly likable characters and incredibly silly sexual tension, but there are a few incredibly contrived moments of getting Dee to kiss Ryo that made me roll my eyes a lot harder than expected. But hey, the art's nice, it's funny, and I'm sure I'll get a bigger kick out of it later on.
After the last Manga I read, this one was a palm for my soul. Even if I don't really like how it's drawn, or that some parts of the story are hilarious in their inaccuracy of police procedure.
But it makes up for it with the warmth of the characters.
Sebastian Grayson
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
It's really really good. Everyone should read it
Lee Hall
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not my usual style, but the story grows on you. The art style is real clean. I like that the main characters aren't straight. It's a nice change of pace.
Hannah Givens
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Reread 04/06/15: (Review of whole series)

Here are the reasons I love Fake…

It’s serious. There’s still that stylized manga spazziness in the characters, but there are also real crime plots and intense scenes. It works as a fusion of crime and romance manga, not just a police-themed story. The romance gets dragged out a little in the middle volumes, but for the most part it’s remarkably believable. Dee is totally open about being into Ryo and is constantly pouncing on him in true manga sty
Lenni✨ (Whenimetabook)
4/5 estrellas.

Todavía no entiendo porque figura 194 páginas cuando han sido más de 200, ¡más de doscientas páginas, es raro encontrarte mangas así!

Me regaló este manga una amiga el primero de enero, y chillé. Fake es un manga que siempre quise comprar y nunca tuve la oportunidad, y al toparme con que Norma Editorial decidió descatalogarlo, ya me había dado por vencida. Ahora, tengo el tomo uno y por fin, después de tantos años, he podido leerlo, creo que me es suficiente aún si no puedo consegui
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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,
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: not recommended
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
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Katrin Davidson
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, cop-police
I want to thank Fake. It was one of my very first Yaoi series and it really amazed me. I feel in love within minutes and quickly snapped up the rest. I was in my last years of High school, and loved manga but was looking for different avenues and sub-genres to explore within.
I discovered Fake by chance, I went in blind with this Yaoi. I had read some very light Shonen-ai and yes Fake for around the 5 volumes is more Shounen-ai than Yaoi. But when it did happen, I got it. I liked and wanted more
Mikael Kuoppala
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
María Ferre
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favorites
La gente escucha yaoi y se tapa la cara, pues yo les digo: ¡destapaos, por Fake! Fake es una manera diferente de ver las relaciones homosexuales de los años noventa, cuando aún no se tenía la libertad de la actualidad. Y, además, el escenario es en una comisaría. Siendo detectives especializados en temas bastante duros como drogas, asesinatos y secuestros, este cómic podría parecer algo fuerte a primera vista. Y lo es. No obstante, está plagado de un humor perfecto que seguro que hace reír a cua ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I must admit, I've gotten so used to the impression of yaoi = straight to bedroom-fun, that this one, with its handful of kisses and nothing more, was quite refreshing. (Sorry for the run-on...)

It's an interesting start of a series, at least. I mean, undercover cops dealing with druggies and crooks, you're gonna find loads of action. And of course, having two hot gay/bi leads is sure to loads of "action" as well.... But not in this volume, so calm down, yaoi fangirls!

While I cannot deny the st
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