Hako no Naka


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Douno has been falsely convicted of molesting a woman on a train. He serves time in a group cell in prison, surrounded by inmates who are all suspicious in some way. Just as Douno’s distrust of people reaches its peak, he is saved by the innocent kindness of his cellmate, Kitagawa. For Kitagawa, who is imprisoned as a murderer, this is the first time in his life that he feels the emotion of love. This complete edition encompasses the main work, “In the Box”, as well as “Out of the Cage”, which tells their story after their release from prison.

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In the Box
Related Series
Utsukushii Koto (1)
Recommendation Lists
  1. Pensive BL
  2. Stories to Make You Cry
  3. Complete to read 2 (BL)
  4. That BL brings all the boys to the yard
  5. The Best of BL

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09/29/13 9ave summer vacation...
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07/07/13 9ave part14
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10/06/13 9ave part10
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10/06/13 9ave part7
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Shio rated it
October 27, 2015
Status: Completed
It's a really touching novel, especially the epilogue. I applaud Konohara Narise for writing this novel. Prepare some tissue before reading, because you will cry a lot while reading this novel.

I really recommended this novel for everyone who appreciate a good story, even if they are not fans of BL. There is one point in the story that felt forced for plot sake, but otherwise the story flows smoothly. Personally I think the side story made up for the forced plot device. The best part about this novel is that,... more>> unlike other story that tend to focus on only one part of the character's life, this story shows their age progression. It started when they meet each other, and ends when they are separated by death. <<less
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kkaral7 rated it
June 6, 2017
Status: part1
I don't normally write reviews, but this novel deserves more attention. Don't know what I was expecting, but this was a beautifully written novel. Easily one of the best gay stories I've ever read, its written in a realistic manner, and it focuses more on the relationship than the physical intimacy. Definitely give this one a try, you won't regret it. The end chapters especially made me want to cry, watching them grow old together and seeing the cycle of human life, just very touching and poignant.
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SakuraHana001 rated it
May 3, 2016
Status: --
This is my ultimate favorite yaoi novel and one of the few novels that I often think about and feel good. Thanks to the translator 9th Avenue for putting such efforts in translating the novel vividly. What I love about this novel is how the story isn't rushed but isn't too slow either.
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I wish there was more point of view from Kitagawa. I felt so bad for him and loved his unconditional (almost obsessive) love for Douno. Someway, I felt that Douno, though had legimate reasons for refusing Kitagawa, didn't deserve him. However, the epilogues made up for that part.


The story was somewhat cliche, but Konohara did it perfectly. The epilogues, like mentioned by other reviewers, has so many feels bringing in many insights to me. <<less
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Yunieanis rated it
May 26, 2018
Status: --
I have to say, I am not someone that always make a review, but this deserves it. I really like how it is so well written and well translated. Kudos to the translator that can potray what kind of emotions the author wanted to tell. I have cried a lot while reading this. It's a bittersweet story. I don't know why the rating is so low but I have reread this countless times
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stygetsu rated it
March 26, 2018
Status: Completed
One of the best stories I've ever read. I finished this few years ago but I can still clearly remember the ache and harrowing pains I suffered. A good tearjerker. Kudos for the translator for effectively evoking the emotions expressed from the raw text.
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Otwentyfirst rated it
February 26, 2018
Status: Completed
It took a long time to motivate myself to read this because of the depressing background setting. But am glad I finally bit the bullet and did.

Konohara is good at writing characters that are a little different. They really do burrow into your heart. It's starts off slow but once you get past part 1 you'll be sucked in, so just keep chugging and don't give up even if the chapter is long. You'll appreciate the length later on. The puppy dog love will be worth it. And the slice... more>> of life offered in the sides will be bittersweet yet endearing. Good for rereads. <<less
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Amaterasu69 rated it
September 29, 2017
Status: part1
I hesitated reading this because I don't like stories where the protagonosts get together only at the very end. I like to read about actual relationships. So for those with the same preferences as me, don't worry, there are only a few chapters where they don't interact.

It was beautiful and touching and the end made me cry, because I knew it was the end and I would miss Kei and Takafumi too.
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mj2016 rated it
March 29, 2016
Status: --
This story made me cry. It's really good
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Jajachin rated it
September 19, 2019
Status: Completed
I don't know what words to say to this one of a kind novel. This was just so awesome. The story is so unique. Every thing that happened in their lives were wonderfully told. The emotion was on point. I never expected that I will find myself crying on the last part of summer vacation. The story gives pang to my heart. The characters were just amazing. Their love was so amazing. I don't know what to say anymore. The story was well written and it was translated superbly. HIGHLY... more>> RECOMMENDED!

One of the stories that made me read it without even ceasing. This wonderful masterpiece is hard to come by so read it. <<less
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erikvio rated it
March 2, 2019
Status: Completed
Extremely bittersweet and deeply affecting.

The story follows the relationship between Douno Takafumi, a normal city official who was imprisoned on false molestation charges, and Kitagawa Kei, a prison detainee who exhibits autistic tendencies, from when they first meet to their death.

These two characters are, simply put, extremely unfortunate. It cuts as deeply as it does because despite the melodrama involved in this fiction, you could realistically find people in their situations. This describes the entire work, actually. Melodramatic plot points with a prominent undercurrent of realism that will leave you... more>> feeling hollow inside.

Their relationship and lives are everything but smooth, right up until the end. The author puts them through hell, and the quiet solace they find in each other is truly bittersweet to behold.

This story is not one of revenge. The wrongs they experience are never rectified, and they receive no apologies or satisfying resolutions. Instead, this is a story of endurance; of finding the strength to go on and reaching a state of contentment with what little they've managed to carve out for themselves despite the wrongs they've suffered. A deep sense of melancholy permeates every word in this novel. There are endearing moments peppered throughout to tide us through, but make no mistake: You'll cry. You'll rage. The author is determined to put us readers through the emotional wringer.

The only criticism I have is that I could have done without all the melodrama, though opinions on this will differ. The story remains poignant nonetheless.

I highly recommend reading this, but be prepared. <<less
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Rainess09 rated it
February 20, 2019
Status: Completed
I cried buckets and buckets of tears. I feel like MC’s life was totally full of bad luck. But if it was me in his shoes I think it would’ve been enough compensation for me to know that somehow I had someone who loved me so terribly much. That I was able to live with that person for a great part of my life. Although he was taken from me so abruptly, I cherish, and will continue to do so until I die, the memories we’ve made together.

I had to... more>> lie down for the better part of the day cause I’m still reeling from the emotions I felt when I read the last chapter of this novel. But I don’t regret reading this. It was a treat to read about a story about gentle but moving king of love. Thank you. <<less
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Thelyonna rated it
September 17, 2018
Status: --
This novel is one of the best BL-themed novels translated in English. I've read it at least 5 times by now, and I'm still planning to read it again and again, it's just so good.
Kitagawa's pure, unconditional love and almost autistic character is what I love the most.

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When he asks Douno to have at least his daughter when she grows up, it breaks my heart every time, that scene is so powerful.


If you like characters who love unconditionally, and have a child-like, pure, almost autistic tendencies in character, and like to feel your heart broken over and over till you reach the end of the novel, you definitely should read this gem! (And also "Brother" by Ren Ti Gu Jia, trust me, you'll like that one too!) <<less
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Baekyeol999 rated it
May 4, 2019
Status: Completed
This story is so good and heart wrenching. Thank you for translating this story ☺🙏
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Redroses__ rated it
October 26, 2018
Status: Completed
The story is divided into different parts. Each part gleaned in the different aspect of life as well as presents various persona which you can't help but relate with. A very moving story, definitely worthy of your time.

My emotion while reading this novel was like: 😍 🙏 😀😍😭😭
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