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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (June 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316119415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316119412
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
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About the Author

Hotaru Odagiri is a Japanese manga artist who started out on the boys' love side of Japanese comics. Among her works in this genre, Only the Ring Finger Knows and Time Lag were published in English editions, and the former was a top seller in the American market. Odagiri has been working on the ongoing The Betrayal Knows My Name since 2005.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa2f3b87c) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f2ea68) out of 5 stars Really awesome manga, not yaoi June 17 2011
By Jessie Potts - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just want to say that I had no idea this was an omnibus edition, I thought it was a yaoi (hey that's Amazon's tags for you) and really didn't know what to expect. I also didn't know this was an anime (but am very pleased to find out it is!) Upon opening the package I was shocked at how large this manga was, I bought it for $12 so I just assumed it was a regular sized manga, didn't know the listing price was 18.99. I eagerly opened it up, and was sucked right in.

Yuki has a power where he can see/feel what others are feeling or traumatic pasts. It is a bit debilitating, but he figures he can live with it and figure out what to do. He was orphaned at birth, and is honestly a genuinely good person. He reminds me of the Tohru from Fruits Basket, expect I find Yuki less annoying. He's so good and knows just what to say, that's where I drew the similarities from. Anyway he starts meeting these new people, and then suddenly he almost gets hit by a speeding car, these are just the beginnings for Yuki as he discovers he does have family, and is a part of something much bigger than he could ever imagine.

The characters are all fantastic, for someone who isn't used to reading mangas, you might want to pay really close attention because some of the blonde characters are similar. However the artist was fantastic, and so detailed, I was really happy and am now looking to see if there's any more works by Hotaru Odagiri. I am very upset that I have to wait until December for the second volume to come out, but will be consoling myself with the anime.

Ok now for the yaoi aspect, there really wasn't one. We get the feeling that Luka and Yuki were intimate in Yuki's past life, but Yuki was a girl, now as a boy there is a bit of affection and flirting, but nothing that would qualify it as a yaoi or even boy love territory. I have hopes, I mean remember Yellow didn't get anything until the fourth volume, but even if nothing comes of it, the plot is so fantastical that it would still make my top manga list. I highly recommend, and you can't beat Amazon's price. Enjoy!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f1b6c0) out of 5 stars Beautiful manga!! June 15 2011
By Jazijaz - Published on
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Finally! I've been waiting for this manga for so long!

First off, This is an Omnibus edition ie.2 volumes in one! and the size of the book is larger and thicker than the regular manga sizes (this is my first omnibus book)with a nice lovely cover and four color inserts. So worth the price!!

I saw the anime first and reading the manga is so much better for me because the story is better developed and we see more into Luka's mysterious past. Plus the art is so beautiful!!!! Hotaru Odagiri's art never ceases to amaze me *___* the way she draws those characters is just stunning, smooth-clear lines and very attractive characters who don't look alike(that's very common in many mangakas...they tend to have look alike characters a lot~_~) she's the only one who can make me fall in love with a drawing lol the story is full of action, tender moments, friendship, strong bonds and it also deals a lot with the fear of being alone or losing that precious someone.

I should also mention that I had a huge dislike for Yuki(the main character) in the anime but now that I finished reading my manga, I happily realized that i like Yuki! He's not that annoying, whining or miserable in the manga as he is in the anime. I could appreciate him for what he is: a gentle soul yet strong at the same time. I love all the characters, very unique in their own way, even the chef of the Twilight Hall and the Dr. pervert are very likeable hehe this manga can be very funny at times and very sad too.

Even though this is a shoujo manga, for yaoi fans, the BL hints are marvelous but never crossing the line. All in all, I'm quite content with the friendship and heart warming feelings that this manga evokes among its characters. Can't wait for the next release, a nice manga in my collection indeed!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa350709c) out of 5 stars Awesome Awesome Just Awesome! July 9 2011
By huevalueintensity - Published on
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Wow I picked this up and for the price of $12.00 it is so awesome. This is an ominbus and focus on a teenager name yuki who was abandon as a baby and raised in an orphanage. As he gets older he begins experiencing all kinds of weird paranormal situations. Other characters begin to emerge such as Zess, tooko, tsukumo, etc and all have to do with both yuki's past and future. I'll leave it there not wanting to give much away except, the art work is beautiful the characters are in depth and the action and story are a plus. Overall all I give volume 1 an A+ great start, can't wait for volume 2.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30d2fe4) out of 5 stars Heartwarming and Exciting Dec 1 2011
By Bookenstein - Published on
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In spite of its "Yaoi" label, Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru (Betrayal Knows My Name) is strong on deep bonds and free of sex (at least in the first two volumes). This author tends to focus on beautiful and meaningful male friendships rather than romance. Most of the other reviews have covered the storyline, so I'll leave that alone. I'll just say that the emotional value and supernatural elements make this series a worthwhile read. Give it a try!!
Just be warned that it can get a bit wordy at times. Much like Shoujo manga, there is a lot of introspection and soul searching on the part of the characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f19a2c) out of 5 stars I'm officially hooked. Nov. 12 2011
By Michele - Published on
Format: Paperback
I started with the anime of this series, but having been monumentally disappointed by the ending of the anime, I decided to try and seek refuge in the manga.

Verdict: the manga has already proven to be miles better than the anime.

There is so much more character development and the story is told much better through this medium. The art is stunning - from the facial expressions to the settings, everything seems to fit and flow smoothly. (Also, I appreciate the fact that Luka has more lines than just, "Are you okay?" Haha.)

I am utterly intrigued and hooked by the story here. Yuki, a young boy who was orphaned as a baby, has a strange power: when he touches people, he sees flashes of their memories. He doesn't know where this power comes from or why he has it, but it's shaped him into quite a compassionate person. One classmate, Uzuki, doesn't see it that way, though, and is infuriated with Yuki's attitude. Uzuki's rage unknowingly opens him up to being possessed by a demon - referred to as a Duras - and he attempts to kill Yuki...but Yuki is saved by a mysterious man who seems to know him. After that night, Yuki's life seems to be flooded with people who know who he is - but how?

Be warned that the build-up for this story is very slow. I have spoken to some people who have managed to read the original Japanese manga and apparently, even after 9 or so volumes, there are still heaps of questions. Hopefully this means the mangaka will make this a very long series! It deserves to be so - there are so many characters to learn about and stories to be told that I would be content to have this series be a good 20 or so volumes. Heh.

My one complaint is that whoever translated this felt the need to keep putting ellipses in nearly every speech bubble. The problem with this is that I still read the ellipses as part of the speech, and it makes all the characters seem like they have mild speech disorders with the constant pausing. I have no idea if that would bother anyone else - it's probably a pretty personal issue - but if you also have a tendency to take ellipses literally, be forewarned that this translator is having a love affair with them.

Original and intriguing story, wonderful characters, beautiful art...this is definitely a must-read for manga fans! (And for Boy's Love fans, the hints are certainly there - I'm holding out hope that the hints become something more in future volumes!)