Ranked #1239
Tight-rope (Manga)


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Tightrope, Doushiyoumo Nai Keredo Returns
Japanese: タイトロープ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 6
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 14, 2007 to Sep 13, 2008
Genres: Romance, Yaoi
Authors: Natsume, Isaku (Story & Art)
Serialization: Dear+


Score: 7.911 (scored by 3197 users)
Ranked: #12392
Popularity: #765
Members: 5,614
Favorites: 30
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2 based on the top manga page.

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Tightrope tells the tale of the reluctant heir of a yakuza family and his childhood friend, and follows their love relationship that started budding in their school days and keeps developing slowly but surely.

(Source: Simona's BL Research Lab)

Included one-shot: Doushiyoumo Nai Keredo Returns (continuation/side story)

Related Manga

Parent story: Doushiyoumo Nai Keredo
Side story: Natsume Isaku Fanbook
Adaptation: Tight-rope


Oohara, Ryunosuke
Satoya, Naoki
Nishijima, Keigo
Tachibana, Kensuke

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May 3, 2013
Another great story by Natsume Isaku. This shonen-ai/yaoi actually has a proper plot. The main characters are not stereotypical for this genre which makes the story interesting and intriguing.

Ryu is the heir of a yakuza, strong-willed, loyal and a fierce fighter - everything the future leader should be. But he doesn't want to inherit the title because he wants to live a normal life with his childhood friend and love interest Naoki.
Naoki is very reserved, cynical and doesn't reciprocate Ryu's feelings. The story is written from Naoki's point of view and follows him as he grows as a person.

The art is less bishonen, more read more
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Aug 16, 2012
Tight-Rope is one of my favorite yaoi I have read. It has some good gang action. The most lovely part it's the romance I love how both the main characters would do anything for each other even if it means hurting themselves or putting their own life at risk. I wish the manga would have been longer. There's also an OVA with2 episodes^^. I recommend watching it.

After reading the first chapter you will want more of the manga. It keeps the plot interesting.

If your planning to read Tight-Rope this manga wont disappoint you !^^ Enjoy(:
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Jul 2, 2013
Tight Rope is an altogether decent manga. It is full of a legit mixture of things such as violence that many other stories that border around its kind lack. Once you start reading Tight Rope, its hard to turn away. One major turn off for this manga is that minor things that should be explained are overlooked, leaving you confused and wondering. This manga for me was hard to follow. This manga is all fine and good, but I feel as if it sort of repeats itself from chapter to chapter.

Overall Rating: I give this manga a six since it failed to truly grasp read more
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Oct 27, 2013
Tight Rope is an enjoyable manga, to say the least. It has some major flaws, like lack of problem resolution and romantic payout, but is otherwise satisfying. The world it sets up is also confusing, leaving you wondering things such as: Where are the cops during all this!?

But the romance is fun and cute. It was nice to see Naoki slowly come to understand and accept Ryu's dependence on him and vice versa. A nice read, if you don't mind some vulgarity, and can just let yourself read a cute story.
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Yakuza/gang related BL. You'll definitely love the humor! 
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Both ukes very physically strong. In Junjou, despite uke's small stature, he's always beating people up for calling him "cute". In Tight-rope, uke is more reserved, and only fights when necessary (seme is a yakuza, so he runs into quite a few scuffles). 
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Both ukes are molested/attacked and the semes react violently, making a very conscious effort to always protect them. 
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Both semes are yakuza (thought in T-R it's a very reluctant position). Both semes are also wounded, at which point the ukes work diligently to help them. 
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Both ukes are sexually attacked by a man that is not the seme (however, in KnO there is rape, and in T-R the seme stops the assaulter before he has the chance). 
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Both ukes are kidnapped. However, in B&F the seme is a yakuza while uke is detective. In T-R seme is yakuza and uke is a kick-ass fight, stronger than seme actually--however, he's not a yakuza.

Personally, I find T-R to be better; however, both of them are AMAZING. Just read them both. 
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