Plagued by re-occurring dreams he can't quite recall and a strange power that allows others' thoughts and emotions to flow into him, high school student Sakurai Yuki has always longed to know the reason for his existence. Soon after a hauntingly beautiful, nostalgic stranger named Zess saves Yuki from an oncoming car, the head of the Gioh Clan shows up at the foster group home where Yuki lives, claiming to be family. Who are the Gioh Clan? What is their connection to Zess? Most importantly, can Yuki accept his role in the destiny laid out before him?
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru has been published in English as The Betrayal Knows My Name by Yen Press since June 28, 2011. The first five volumes are in 2-in-1 omnibus edition, while from volume 6 onwards will be published as individual volumes.
I read it since 1-2 years ago, and still drawn on it ^.^ It's very good story I can said. You can feel excitment, happiness, cheerfulness, and even touching. Sou da yo! It happened to me when i read vol 4 (the scene Yuki found out the real Kanata), I cried for good. Yuki, kawaiso~ >< Even u can feel sorry for the main protagonist hiks :(
Why most people said its genre is shounen-ai? yes I admit I got the manga from yaoi site, but from my point of view, it had less 'shonen-ai' scene. More like shoujo-manga type I might said. Main plot
is about reincarnation of the heroes, including 2 main charas. In previous life, they were normal lovers; handsome akuma & beautiful woman. But in the present life, the woman reincarnated as bishounen and doesn't remember about his previous life... while the man still the same and still fate & loves his love. Well maybe that is the main reason. A little tragic, but i personally hope Yuki will regain his memories bout Luca *ahahah i actually like this kind of genre too. Gomen ne
EDIT: Just like i pressume, the story's plot's getting better. They even add some new outstanding characters that looks like have some connections with Yuki's past life he can't remember...sme member of Luca's family and another new Zweilts guardian. Bravo! I can't wait to read the new chapter hehee
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru is a funny and actually closer to shoujo rather than shounen-ai manga. Would I recommend to read it? Definitely, I love it. But if you are doing it because you expect Luka and Yuki to kiss, forget it. At least for now.
Uraboku manga covers two arcs so far: the first is the one on the anime (even though the meeting with Reiga, Elegy, Cadenza and Luze was quite different if you compare both versions) and the beginning of the second arc. (If you are confused to why an ongoing manga doesn't have much more 5 years after its
anime, view note on the end of the review)
If you are here because you want to pick up after the anime, as I said on the last paragraph: the meeting with the bad guys is different (even in terms of personality traits, which is going to make you confused if you don't read the manga completely). I'd advice reading the manga on its whole to understand what is going on but if you don't want to, I can tell you the second arc starts on chapters 36/37.
I really love Odagiri Hotaru's art (even though there's a little problem with her artstyle: the limitation on character designs. For example: Hotsuma and Sairi look simillar and Yuki and Senshirou [without glasses] look the same). This fact alone may make you confused about who's talking sometimes. But her art is stunning and makes up anything.
The story has a few problems: I'm not sure whether it is a plothole or something Odagiri planned to explain later, however there are some things, mostly about Luka, that are really confusing if you're playing attention while reading the manga. Despite those small details, it is a good story indeed.
I am glad because there is some character development on this manga. In fact, Yuki (the main character) changes everybody around him a little. I believe the character with the less development is, in fact, the character you expected (and he claims) to have the most. (You'll understand who I mean if you read it)
The manga has several funny moments, for example, when dr. Fujihara is told that he needs to treat Luka and he smiles wide, cleans his table in 3 seconds and tells Luka to get his clothes off on the spot (and gladly, that was on the anime as well). The manga has many moments like that.
Sumary: Uraboku is a really good manga and I'd definetly recommend it.
Note: The manga has currently 54 chapters, however the manga isn't published in Japan for over a year (it used to come out near-regularly until 2012, then two chapters came out in 2013 and there were no chapters being released in 2014, nor it is known how many [if any] will be released this year). This is going on because, apparently, the mangaka has been having issues regarding her hands (and on a volume she explains it's something she always had), that's why Uraboku is like this. So if you want to read Uraboku, mind that it stops halfway.
Demons! Dragons! Swords! Reincarnation! Supernatural abilities! Mystery! Gorgeous characters! What's not to love?
It's always baffled me how this manga seems so vastly overlooked, but I suppose the severe decline in updates over the past few years hasn't helped. And then there are people who go "ew, hints of homosexuality, ew," and, like, your loss for being so immature that you still care about the genders of people who love each other. The relationships here are beautiful and deep, whether they are platonic or romantic.
The story begins with the young boy Yuki, who's living in an orphanage and trying his best to not be a burden
to anyone--which proves difficult as some curious supernatural abilities of his get harder and harder to hide. And then he's introduced to the Zweilt, who claim to also have supernatural abilities and the means to help him control his. Turns out the Zweilt, along with Yuki, are all reincarnated soldiers in a centuries-long war against a mysterious figure called Reiga and the demons he summons to Earth. And while the other Zweilt remember their past lives, Yuki seems to have lost all memories of the demons, his comrades, and a man called Zess who seems determined to protect Yuki.
To say much more about the characters or the story would give away too much. But watching the story unfold and slowly introduce the puzzle pieces of why Yuki lost his memories, what past lives were like for the Zweilt, and why Reiga wants to destroy humanity is a tortuous yet delicious treat. Tortuous because it is rather slow--and more painfully slow due to the mangaka's long, frequent hiatuses. But I love the mystery of it.
There's a rather large cast of characters, each of them with distinct and well-rounded personalities, some that complement each other, some that clash. There are really interesting dynamics between all the members of the Zweilt: some are like family, some are like lovers, and some are like enemies, but there is still mystery surrounding why these characters don't necessarily get along. It's actually really refreshing to have some animosity; usually large casts are depicted as all being bffs, but it's more realistic to include some tension and recognize that a large group of people who are thrown together are not necessarily all going to get along.
The general plot does move very slowly, but there's usually some new hint introduced frequently enough to keep you hooked. And there are many more storylines threaded throughout to help give you the full scope of Zweilt abilities and relationships, their roles in the real world and the demon world, and to just give you some humor amidst all the drama. (And I LOVE the humor of this mangaka--there's more than you'd initially expect from such a dark story, but it never feels out of place and it's so genuinely hilarious and adorable.)
It's a pity the mangaka has health issues (it's hard to get news, but I believe she has some hand troubles?) so updates are few and far between, but this manga absolutely deserves more love and attention. Great characters with amazing dynamics, beautiful art, a really unique and intriguing plot, and a lot of bad*ss supernatural elements. If that doesn't sound appealing to you......well, that's a shame......but if it does, don't pass this one over!