Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist
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English: Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist
Japanese: ウツボラ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 14
Status: Finished
Published: , 2008 to , 2012
Genres: MysteryMystery, DramaDrama
Authors: Nakamura, Asumiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Manga Erotics F


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Ranked: #18942
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Members: 5,277
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The story begins when Aki Fujino, a beautiful girl who the novelist Mizorogi knew, dies under mysterious circumstances. Then a girl appears before Mizorogi, and although she introduces herself as Aki's twin sister Sakura, her true identity is a complete mystery. As Mizorogi's past ties with Aki come to light, people begin to suspect him of plagiarism. Mizorogi's life spirals deeper into darkness as his editor and the police probe further into Aki's death and Mizorogi's connection with her.

(Source: ANN)


Utsubora was published in English as Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist by Vertical Inc. in an omnibus on June 18, 2013. It was also published in Spanish by Milky Way Ediciones from February 24, 2015 to April 24, 2015.


Mizorogi, Shun
Miki, Sakura
Nomiya, Ai
Mochizuki, Tsuyoshi
Kaiba, Yoshitsugu
Tsuji, Makoto
Fujino, Aki

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Jul 20, 2013
CountMecha (All reviews)
Utsubora - The Story of a Novelist.

To an author, to write is to live. What happens if you can no longer write? What then, is life?

When I first came across this book, I knew nothing about it nor its author. The cover art alone intrigued me enough to want to pick it up, and I'm glad I did. The art on the inside was off-putting to me at first because because the characters, especially the male ones, looked like typical Yaoi or Shonen Ai character designs. Which means that they may be shown to sometimes have unusual, broad shoulders, be incredibly handsome in read more
Oct 5, 2020
iggykimi (All reviews)
A woman with a dead yet captivating look on the cover of this manga, along with the subtitle - The Story of a Novelist - caught my interest from the very beginning, so yesterday I decided to give Utsubora a try.

With a daring and confusing introduction, Utsubora starts a story full of lies and deception, attraction and sensuality, mystery and confusion that camouflages all its truths and answers to any question you may have. A narrative that challenges the reader to differentiate between the lie and the truth, an intelligent book that deals maturely with many topics that are not seen so much in the read more
Aug 1, 2017
Chaldene (All reviews)
Nakamura Asumiko is known for her dark, dramatic-themed works (and BL too). While Utsubora, even though it is both dark and dramatic, feels different than her other works. It is strange why it was never nominated for any notable awards despite its many praises from Western publishers. Nevertheless, this was Nakamura-sensei's only English-licensed manga.

To describe elaborately about the manga would ruin its ‘thrill’. Utsubora is a story, about the story itself, which blurs in lies and truths. What happens to a creator if creativity is taken out of the equation? This story is just like a plagiarised work, where we often think how trustworthy read more
Mar 1, 2018
Moomochi (All reviews)
Out of 100 Nobles watching...
94 were impressed
6 weren't old men who like their mystery drama's

Utsubora was a very enjoyable read for me. I found it sitting on display at my local library having no knowledge of the authors precedent in writing BL material and was really entranced in this story of an author and his muse.

I don't think I'm much of one for book's about authors/mangaka, but the mystery element and the drama surrounding this particular set of characters kept me interested all the way through... I found the art style very pleasant and the lewd bits help to keep pages turning too hehehe.

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