YMMV / Haou Airen

  • Designated Hero: Uon Hakuron, a possessive Bastard Boyfriend who has Kurumi kidnapped and forces himself upon her a number of times, and yet is treated as the hero of the story.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Inverted. Some consider this manga to have an Esoteric Sad Ending as they were satisfied that the Bastard Boyfriend got killed karmically, and the girl he messed up so badly regained her normal life.
  • Ho Yay: Hakuron and Fuuron's first meeting dripped with this. I.e, how do they seal their partnership? With the second kneeling and kissing the first's hand.
  • Memetic Mutation: This page in which Hakuron shows off his martial arts skills to Kurumi has spawned a ton of parody fanart on Pixiv.
  • Narm: People have laughed their butts off after merely reading plot summaries about this series. Um, yeah.
    • Special mention goes to the scene where Kurumi donates blood to Hakuron to save his life, and when he wakes up and finds out, he bites open the skin on his wrist and starts licking up his blood, because even though they can't be a couple in real life, at least they can be together inside his bloodstream.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Aside of Shinjou's rapes? Considering that Haou Airen is Darker and Edgier compared to other mangas of hers, the amount of violent scenes can get very high.
    • Also, no matter what you think of this manga, there is a scene that fits here perfectly: Reilan's bloody death at the end of Hakuron's pistol. The Gory Discretion Shots and their aversions were very well paced and made the scene genuinely terrifying.
  • So Bad, It's Good: It's actually so cheesy, over-the-top and ridiculously overblown, that some people specifically read it to have a laugh. Oops?
  • Tear Jerker: Reilan's Thanatos Gambit. Specially for the devastating effects on poor Kurumi.
    • YMMV hugely on that, but Hakuron's death counts on that as well if you see it as Redemption Equals Death.
      • Even if you disagree with the last part, poor Kurumi's genuinely heartbroken reaction may make you sniffle a little.
  • What Could Have Been: Was almost licensed by Viz Media for release in North America.
    • Also, the whole Drama CD is about what would've happened if Hakuron had not died.
  • The Woobie: Huo Long, the most sympathetic of Hakuron's group.
    • Kurumi. Holy crap, Kurumi. Maybe one of the biggest woobies EVER created by Shinjou, no matter whether she intended it or not... That poor girl really needs hugs.