4.172 out of 5 from 217 votes
Reina, a nineteen-year-old single mother, was raped and impregnated while in high school. She chooses to keep the child and lives with her mother, who works to support both of them. Reina falls in love with Akira, a cosmetic artist, but when she tells him that she was raped, he breaks up with her. To make matters worse her mother is hospitalized due to exhaustion and her daughter falls down a flight of stairs resulting in the loss of her sight. Now that all hope seems lost, will Reina be able to survive or will the reality of the cruel world prove to be too much for her?
Young Tomeki is a poor orphan girl that is sold to a brothel in the Red Light District. In a world of courtesans and nameless men, she grows from an awkward, petulant child into Kyoha, one of the most prized Oiran in the entire district. But trouble arises when Kyoha falls in love with a handsome young man. Forbidden to love, will Kyoha find a way to be with the man who is constantly lingering within her thoughts?
Both are about sex trade working women who find love and struggle to keep it along with their sanity. Personally I liked Sakuran more, but they're both good in their own way. If you like one, you'll probably like the other.