Yes, No, or Maybe Half?


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Kunieda Kei is a popular, young TV announcer whose public and private personas are so different, they might be called extreme. Outside he is the picture of perfection, affectionately nicknamed “The Prince.” Inside he is constantly cursing at all of the incompetence around him. Of course, no one knows this secret of his. One day, Kei meets the stop motion animation artist Tsuzuki Ushio for a work assignment and unfortunately runs into him later while he’s in “off mode.” Luckily Tsuzuki doesn’t recognize him in his worn-out sweats and a facemask, but as compensation for injuring Tsuzuki’s arm, Kei gets roped into helping out with his work…

Volume 1: Yes, No, or Maybe Half?
Volume 2: Center of the World
Volume 3: Where Home is

Associated Names
One entry per line
Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka
Related Series
Off Air ~Yes, No, or Maybe Half?~ (Side Story)
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nachte rated it
April 22, 2019
Status: Completed
Disclaimer: I’m the translator for the series, but it is one of the most outstanding that I’ve read, imho.

People are never entirely who they appear to be on the surface—everyone in their own way is essentially treading water to keep afloat.

This is the story of Kuneida Kei and how he navigates his public and private life, as he tries to balance his work and his professional image with his personal de-stressors, which clash with his Prince-like image. He was happy leading his double life, even if it meant keeping everyone... more>> away at an arm’s length, until he meets Tsuzuki Ushio. Ushio makes Kei feel at ease, like Kei can truly be himself in front of Ushio, but he also makes Kei question whether he’s been living his life wrong the entire time.

Kei is wonderfully human and flawed as he struggles with his feelings, his work, his double life, and his love life. This story will tear you into little pieces before putting you back together again, and you will fall in love with Kei, just like Ushio does, over and over again.

Ichiho-sensei does a wonderful job fleshing out many of the characters in the story, making sure we see more than one side to them, so that we understand that everyone is human and complicated. As Kei and Ushio’s relationship develops, you will understand how important Ushio is to Kei as Kei is to Ushio. They grow as individuals and as a couple, and you will cry and cheer as you watch them tackle the problems that come their way. It's really a testament to Ichiho-sensei's writing that the thrill of falling in love is just as moving and heartfelt three years into a relationship as it was at the beginning.

Please note there is one particular scene with consent issues that is a common trope in Japanese BL. Please check the content notes on the ToC page before reading, as you may need to re-adjust your expectations or skip it all together. I’ve decided to take the disappointments with the good, and there is a lot of good in this series. <<less
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rhianirory rated it
April 25, 2019
Status: v1c3
so far it's pretty good. I love the contradiction between his inside voice and his outside persona, and it's fairly funny when the inside voice slips out without him meaning it to. It's only three chapters but I'm giving this a temporary 5, (subject to change if the story goes downhill) because of the people giving it a one without bothering to read at all.
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Tekateka rated it
September 11, 2019
Status: v3c25
Great story with an unusual main character (perfect charming prince on the outside, grumpy people-hater on the inside), with a lovely, patient but-not-a pushover ML. Modern urban setting, showing their regular lives.

The author explores the really interesting dynamics between the two, and does a fantastic job of showing their growth as a couple. The story has a degree of depth and detail, in terms of background and jobs, side characters and the psychology of the couple, that I haven't found in a Japanese LN before. Which makes it sound deadly... more>> serious and boring - it's not! Very funny, very sweet and very charming is the perfect description.

Also, the translation is wonderful - definitely the best I've seen for a Japanese translation here, and the translator has a regular update schedule, which s/he stick to - so appreciated! <<less
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veihakase rated it
August 3, 2019
Status: v2c19
This novel is kinda rare (in my opinion) because I rarely read japanese bl novels, I do read mangas and such but their novels are kinda lacking on sometime except for this. This novel's MC has a "colorful" personality. I really enjoyed his POV so much, so contradictory (tho I also really want to see the ML's POV but it's enough haha) anyway, the story is progressing in a good direction that keeps you reading. I really like fantasy novels but this is an exception, it keeps my eyes glued... more>> into it even if I'm not into this genre that much hehe. The translation is also very easy to understand so it's really worth a try if you want to read modern day setting bl novels. <<less
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