Zettai Kareshi.
Absolute Boyfriend
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Zettai Kareshi.

Alternative Titles

English: Absolute Boyfriend
Synonyms: I Won't Let You Become a Star!, Ohoshisama ni wa Sasemasen!, Aromatic Boy, Shounen Aromatic
Japanese: 絶対彼氏。


Type: Manga
Volumes: 6
Chapters: 35
Status: Finished
Published: May 20, 2003 to Oct 5, 2004
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SchoolSchool, Sci-FiSci-Fi, ShoujoShoujo
Authors: Watase, Yuu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Sho-Comi


Score: 7.711 (scored by 2103021,030 users)
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Ranked: #14672
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Popularity: #335
Members: 35,528
Favorites: 1,487
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High school student Riiko Izawa has gone through a series of unrequited crushes. Each time she works up the courage to confess to a boy, he rejects her on the spot. After yet another rejection, Riiko becomes dejected and takes a walk through a nearby park. There, she discovers a lost phone and returns it to its owner.

The owner of the phone, Gaku Namikiri, is bizarre, to say the least. A traveling salesman, he pesters Riiko to accept one of his company's products as a reward. She tells him, sarcastically, that what she wants most of all is a boyfriend. Unfazed, he directs her to visit a website advertising "lover figures," which she assumes to be dolls. Despite her skepticism about the company's integrity, the face of the "Nightly Series 01" model enchants Riiko, and she registers for a three-day free trial. She is shocked when a life-sized naked boy is actually delivered to her the next day!

Riiko follows instructions to activate the very realistic robot with a kiss, and for the next three days, Night Tenjou is the best boyfriend she could ask for. However, Gaku reappears to inform her that she missed the deadline to cancel the free trial, and now she owes one hundred million yen. Alternatively, she can decide to keep Night and act as a beta tester so that the company can collect data in order to improve their future products. What choice does Riiko have? She is broke, and what's more, she has already begun to fall for the artificially intelligent Night...

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Released in North America under the title Absolute Boyfriend, Zettai Kareshi. has spawned several live-action adaptations. A Japanese drama series, Zettai Kareshi: Kanzen Muketsu no Koibito Robot, aired in 2008; a Taiwanese drama series, Jue Dui Darling, aired in 2012; and most recently a South Korean drama series, My Absolute Boyfriend , aired in 2019.


Asamoto, Masaki
Shirasaki, Yuki
Ito, Mika

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Mar 10, 2009
ishitagupta (All reviews)
I have been a Fushigi Yuugi otaku since the past 9 years now, so when I finally got around to checking out Watase's other works, Zettai obviously stood out for its more swoony description and the unbeatable bishi artwork. You'll be hard pressed to find a dreamier android boytoy than Night Tenjou! Or a more thoughtful one. Though that's not all Zettai boasts of...

You obviously know that a girl unwittingly orders herself an android-like boyfriend online, but what arrives is nothing robotic or even human. Superhuman maybe! He's charming and makes her weak in the knees but obviously, just when a couple has found happiness, read more
Apr 28, 2008
bitsypookums24 (All reviews)
I'm a huge Yuu Watase fan, but her latest story didn't capture my attention as some of her other works. Her art as always is gorgeous and I could totally relate to Reiko, moreso than any of her other heroines. But after the first two volumes, the story got kinda...old. It just started to drag on. I guess because I always like the guy the heroine doesn't choose (except in FY and A19), but I've enjoyed her other series despite my disappointment ; D. For a fun and cute summer read, I would definetly recommend and anyone who is a Watase fan will enjoy, but read more
Dec 31, 2007
lolipopgi (All reviews)
As it's been said before, Zettai Kareshi, or Absolute Boyfriend, is a tale of the main character falling in love with an android. Though it may seem strange, as you continue to read, you grow to love the characters as they are all original and unique in their own way. (I, personally, am in love with Soshi).
Fantastic art (Yuu Watase is the author of Fushigi Yugi and "Ceres") and amazing choice of panels and story layout - though some bits grow very far-fetched - as it includes humorous and beautifully crafted scenes for all to see!
Perfect ending, in my opinion. The story, overall, makes the read more
Sep 13, 2008
hanabusa (All reviews)
Absolute Boyfriend is a really good manga But go see the show is good but it have real people is funny the real thing but good this manga is about love How love can became strong with a friends and Yes because u now someone it don’t mean nothing yes be strong for your self on this world your only friend is your self sometime is not but sometime is howlife is. Well if u wish to see a good manga or see the show go see this one u will cry your heat out for this manga or show

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