Zettai Kareshi.
Absolute Boyfriend
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Zettai Kareshi.

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: I Won't Let You Become a Star!, Ohoshisama ni wa Sasemasen!, Aromatic Boy, Shounen Aromatic
Japanese: 絶対彼氏。
English: Absolute Boyfriend
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 6
Chapters: 35
Status: Finished
Published: May 20, 2003 to Oct 5, 2004
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Romance Romance, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Theme: School School
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Sho-Comi
Authors: Watase, Yuu (Story & Art)


Score: 7.681 (scored by 2180021,800 users)
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Ranked: #17482
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Popularity: #437
Members: 37,598
Favorites: 1,509


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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.

The series was published in English as Absolute Boyfriend by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from February 7, 2006 to May 6, 2008.


Asamoto, Masaki
Shirasaki, Yuki
Ito, Mika


Mar 10, 2009
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, ...
Apr 28, 2008
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Nov 15, 2008
Absolute boyfriend is in theory like Chobits but with the roles reversed. However, unlike Chob\its or Hand Maid May which were pure joyous ecchi (for the most part) Absolute boyfriend has a sad ending. Up to that point this is an entertaining, funny, steamy, bodice-ripper of a manga. There. Don't say I didn't warn you if you're looking for redemption.

Story: Girl is desperate for a boyfriend. Girl finds mysterious way to order boyfriend on the internet. Inexplicably, everyone around her suddenly finds her utterly irresistable and are pissed that she now has a mail-order boyfriend. Rest ...

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Poll: Zettai Kareshi Chapter 18 Discussion
Sarrora - Jun 16, 2010
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It’s time to ditch the text file.
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