Synonyms: No Money
Published: 2002 to ?
Serialization: Comic Magazine LYNX
Score: 7.701 (scored by 2110 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Mar 26, 2010
The series starts abruptly, exploding onto the pages with a rape by the end of the first chapter. Our seme, Kanou buys a boy named Ayase (at the perfectly legal age of 18) at an underground auction, ostensibly to save the kid. Being a big shot guy in the money business, handsome, powerful and rich, he's used to getting what he wants when he wants it. When Ayase refuses his advances and frustrates him, Kanou rapes him. In his mind, the rape is a way of forcing his 'love' on the boy. However, he is also rather kind to Ayase, worrying about him getting sick and taking care of him. So Ayase, who has long been alone and poorly treated by his cousin, despite being horrified by the rape is somewhat drawn to the kindness and protection offered to him by Kanou.
Put that way, it seems to me like the brilliant beginning of a very dramatic, psychological manga that goes where readers may not be comfortable, exploring human feelings and emotions as we watch the destructive and painful, not quite love, not quite hate relationship between Kanou and Ayase.
But this never happens. Ayase is weepy, girly and clingy. He grates on my nerves; after being raped by Kanou he apologizes for scratching him under the eye? Really?
The creator can't seem to decide if Kanou is a jerk or not. He claims to love Ayase and want to protect him. And he does, more or less. Then he humiliates him by forcing Ayase to beg when he needs to 'come', then throwing it in his face how much sex between them turns him on. I found that somewhat more of a turn-off than the rape, as the rape was more spur-of-the-moment, something he immediately regrets while this was a more calculated and a premeditated attempt to manipulate the kid.
Then there's the element of humor. Though honestly funny, the funny bits don't quite fit into the darker bits. So I'm never sure quite how to feel towards everything. It's confusing.
And yet I gave it a pretty decent rating. Why? Well, accepting it for what it is, the way you accept a trashy swashbuckling romance novel, it's quite good.
The art is top notch. Kanou is handsome and toweringly tall. Ayase is pretty with beautiful eyes and gorgeous hair. The bed they share is like triple king sized. XD The scale of the whole thing is so over-the-top you just can't take it seriously, but I mean that in the nicest way possible.
The adventures and scrapes Ayase gets into, always being saved at the last moment by Kanou are full of fun and swooning moments. So if you're a bit squeamish to read a truly violent manga, Okane ga Nai offers all the naughtiness and perverted fun, without being depressing or too dark or too gory. It's darker than your average fare, with the rape, but handled in such a light-hearted, humorous way that everything turns out ok somehow.
So if a manga where rape is tolerated and even considered romantic turns you off or disgusts you, which is perfectly understandable, then this is not for you. If you like squealing with girlish (or boysih) delight over cute boys being ravished by older, powerful men, then you'll be sure to have some fun. I certainly enjoyed it overall, though it's not on my best ever list by a long shot.
For a manga with a similar idea, but without the rape (think a not entirely unwelcome hand job), check out Junjou Romantica, which features a similar pushy, dominant seme and high school kid, only in this case the kid is boyish and hot-tempered himself and their relationship actually makes sense and the humor is hysterical and totally fitting. read more
Jun 25, 2011
The story begins well enough, if not a bit cliche,but the chapters are filled with cycles of boy-in-trouble/upset, boy gets rescued, boy is raped, boy cries. Rinse, repeat. Characters are flat and entirely two dimensional, with little to no growth throughout. Ayase's constant tears also grates on my nerves. The only good point about OGN is its art: Ayase is the typical girly, slender type, and Kanou is the possesive, dominating "master". The characters are pretty, and backgrounds wonderfully detailed.
For what it's supposed to be: shameless yaoi, OGN definitely delivers, and a good choice if a bit of yummy man-on-man action is what you're looking for. If you want something with a bit of substance, however, this isn't for you. read more
Oct 7, 2007
At first i felt alittle sorry for Ayase in his situation but later came to realise Kanou's reasoning, and wanted Ayase to accept and understand Kanou more earlier, but each small step into Ayases understanding meant a new step into the story and relationship.
Making me fall even more in love with the two, and the extreme love within them and how much they deep down cared for each other.
Sometimes the character Kanou seemed alittle harsh with Ayase but it was more an act of over protection and love for Ayase, probably not the nicest of ways to force love upon someone but it makes this a great yaoi manga if he didnt!
Kanou cant stop his lust when he is filled but nothing but desire for Ayase and wants nothing but him.
Well worth a read for people who truley love Yaoi its got lots of steamy action as well as a wonderful storyline full of all the romance and twists you could ask for.
Nov 10, 2011
So this kid gets sold to Kanou, and Kanou offers to help bail his cousin out of trouble provided that he sleeps with him for the money, Ayase agrees and chooses to stay in the man's house, lets him buy him clothes, and generally stays a kept boy. Yet he acts like he's getting raped every single time they have sex, crying and screaming no all the time. I admit Kanou raped him the first day but he sure as heck didn't run to the police for help. Instead he chose to live in his house and be taken care of. So the term "rape victim" is instantly tossed out the window along with any type of real plot to this story.
It's just guys randomly falling in love with Ayase, and Kanou getting jealous, then when a guy falls for Kanou he angrily proclaims he is not gay. yeah right, I know Ayase is more womanly than any real woman but he still has a penis (a little baby wiener) and you are still banging him in his a$$. So yeah that's pretty gay. Seriously, I hate yaois where the guys try to claim they are straight but screw guys, if the story is good I would let it slide but still it's stupid and I don't know why many mangakas opt for this stupid line of reasoning. IMO, if you are sucking **** and banging a$$ you are gay.
Well anyway, the story has potential, I keep thinking that maybe Kanou should put his foot down and tell Ayase to leave, then he can get his own place and find some form of independence, and maybe it would force him to have to fight for Kanou's love instead of Kanou constantly having to fight for his. I would love it if a better non girly uke came in the picture and swept Kanou off his feet and/or Ayase fall for a different guy. Anything to spice this bland story up but no the mangaka seems to follow ONE formula for this manga.
Ayase + Angel Wings + Seme =RAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously, this guy gets raped by everybody in the story. I was actually surprised in one chapter when they showed him with guy friends, then of course it turns out that all of them wants to rape him and one attempts to do it. *sigh* Pretty much every chapter has him getting raped and every time he has sex with Kanou it is him acting as if he is getting raped. I honestly just want to punch him in the face.
Jan 13, 2009
I see this as control, obsession, and power. Kanou exudes power and is extremely controlling of his environment and his life, so what he wants he gets. He wants Ayase and then finds the perfect opporunity presented when Ayase's cousin sells him off to pay a debt. Kanou buys Ayase and then violently rapes him.
This is not love people. For those to assume that Kanou loves Ayase boggles my mind. He is definitely exuding his control/power and it's peppered by a healthy dose of obsession when you find out for how long he's been fancying Ayase.
You also have it implied that Kanou is not gay, or he believes himself not to be gay...but his obsession with Ayase (who is displayed as a shota with high feminine qualities). This is further seen as obsession when he even equates Ayase as training a pet or a dog. So to get Ayase's love he gets a book on taking care of one's pet (a hostile one) in order to understand Ayase's motives and thoughts.
This of course is ridiculous by anyone's standards. However it is the case. So what you're watching is power plays and the objectification of a male who's extremely feminized. It's interesting because it also brings up the usage of women in the media as sexual objects and their objectification. However again this is a male. As a social comentary this has some worth. As a smut read it has more credence. As for something romantic...hardly.
I do find the art good and if you're into yaoi this should be a staple. For all my statements it's a good story just not one based on romance. read more
Sep 19, 2007
Jul 26, 2008
Sep 16, 2013
Okay so the story is about this girly looking boy named Ayase that gets sold off in an auction because of his cousin and gets bought by this big (emphasize on the big) man named Kanou, claiming to having "saved him" this time. Kanou also claims to love him (though he doesn't do a good job in showing it). I'll stop here because there really is no strong plot in the story after this.
Now, this really bothered me but I think the mangaka did that on purpose. Ayase as mentioned before, looks girly, but let me tell you he is an 18 year old boy that has a prepubescent body. I'm not a fan of "Big Anime Eyes" either, but it's essential to his character since he's the "uke". What truly was ridiculous was the size of Kanou. I know the seme is usually "bigger" or "taller" than the uke, but the difference between him and Ayase was disturbing.
Terrible. This manga has such a weak plot. *Spoiler- The only trigger point that is the "plot" is the hope that Kanou has that Ayase will remember having "saved him" once before when he was in need of help. And so the rest of the manga is basically made of mini arcs of the same thing happening again and again, and is all over the place.
The only thing that kept me reading this manga were the gag panels and comedy relief.
It's notable how the mangaka tried to add some comedy relief despite the situation Ayase is going through. I'm going to admit this story is in a way very original, but still not worth reading since as I previously stated, it's all over the place and beyond ridiculous. Again, this is not a very good yaoi. It's not cute, romantic, etc. I do not recommend any one to read this manga, for both lack of good fan service and plot. read more