4.212 out of 5 from 372 votes
Ayu, a seventeen-year-old high school student, lives every day without purpose and no hope for her future. She sells herself to men without thinking of the consequences; she doesn't feel pain, sorrow, or happiness; and she has no desire to feel anything at all. To Ayu the world is just a dirty, horrid place revolving around sex and money - until a chance encounter with a kind old woman begins to change her mind. With this woman's help, will Ayu ever find a reason to live?
Daisuke is popular with all of the ladies at school, including his childhood friend Yuzu and flirty Kazuki. However, there's one girl who not only doesn't like Daisuke, but also seems to be afraid of him – timid, guarded Hinako Aikawa. After proclaiming that she's the only girl he has no interest in, Daisuke accidentally discovers the truth about Hinako and the terrible, horrifying secret that she hasn't told a soul. Though she isn't aware that he knows, Daisuke makes a decision then and there to protect her, slowly realizing that the girl he had no interest in, is suddenly the most important thing to him...
Bitter Virgin and Deep Love don't intersect much when it comes to plot, and have a very different feeling at the end. But, both touch on some pretty dark issues including rape, with a young woman that you definitely feel for. If you liked the tone of one you'd probably appreciate the other - Bitter Virgin being the far more hopeful of the two.
The way the main character has a secret which affects her life is present in both these series and give them a similar feeling. Bitter Virgin is more about overcoming a fear, while Ayu no Monogatari focuses on breaking out of a lifestyle for the sake of a loved one.
Rina is a spoiled teenager whose looks have gotten her everything; friends are meant to be used, men are meant to be playthings and she can get whatever she wants without remorse. But when Rina becomes sick and ends up in the hospital, her life is changed forever. Suddenly she no longer has the status she’s used to having, and friends begin to take a new meaning when an old friend from elementary school, Maki, appears before her...
Dear Friends and Ayu are both quite tragic tales of two previously-emotionally-dead girls who change their lives with the help of others. Neither will leave you happy at the end and will instead make you feel like you were punched in the stomach. If powerful impact is what you were going for, try out these titles.
Deep Love is more of mature themes than Kagen no Tsuki. Kagen is pretty easy to read, but it also can make you cry. And they both are very touching. I think you should try them both If you liked at least one.