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Little Butterfly, Volume 01 (Little Butterfly #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,486 Ratings  ·  29 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 30th 2006 by Digital Manga Publishing (first published January 10th 2004)
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Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Riina Y.T.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, yaoi, shounen-ai
Aw aw aw <3
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-yaoi
Read this series years ago, a bit youngish but very sweet.
Annelise Lestrange
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
ALL. THE. FEELS. Review coming soon!
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sådant jag läst för länge sedan, men gud vad jag minns att jag älskade den där.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-read
Series Review: This one felt too short; I think it should have continued on to college. One of the main characters comes from an abusive and broken(maybe?) household, which makes for good story.
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-world, manga, m-m, 2015
Really not sure how to rate this... it's beautifully drawn and mostly really sweet... - why does there always have to be an element of (view spoiler) ...more
May 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, manga, school, japan
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
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
Unexpectedly cute. At first I thought it was going to be simple, and it is, but it is also innocent and nice. The art, no doubt, is beautiful. They start as friends, and so far they share kisses only. Kojima is the only friend Nakahara has, and the only person who cares for him (his parents are the worst). Poor Nakahara falls for Kojima but Kojima, at first, runs away. Eventually they are friends again, closer even, but so far Nakahara -and Kojima- is not sure of Kojima's feelings for him. But j ...more
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yaoi
Wow. This is the first work I've read by Takanaga that feels "serious" which I find oddly strange since the two main characters are high school boys.theres usually a comedic element in her stories, but this felt pretty serious throughout the whole volume.I'm interested to know the progression of the two boys and to see if Takanaga introduces some humor in the subsequent volumes. This a totally different feel from Koisuru Boukun.
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:)
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, manga-bl, ifs
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.
Natalie Lucana
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i love it
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nice and romantic and i want to read it again
Maria Suzeth
Nov 10, 2012 added it
Shelves: 1
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Very cute. Not a whole lot of story, but sweet- and I'm glad it's out there.
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Great school-days yaoi!
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, comics, gay
Sweet story.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
Usagi Tsukino
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, yaoi
This review is for the italian edition.

3,5 stars.
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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. ;)
Kendal    o((◕ฺ∀ ◕✿ฺ))o
This manga always warms my heart so much and reminds me why I went thorugh such a yaoi/romance faze a few years ago! Volumes 2 and 3 are my favorite of the 3!
Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)

More like a 3.5 stars. Enjoyable read but nothing remarkable. Just cute and sweet.

* 5th Nov 2015
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Feb 24, 2017
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Jan 13, 2013
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rated it it was amazing
Oct 16, 2013
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Nov 25, 2015
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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 Engli ...more
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