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Aoi House is an Original English-Language manga published by Seven Seas Entertainment. It began as a webcomic before being picked up by Seven Seas Entertainment, at which point a new artist was assigned to it. It is filled with homages to other works—mostly anime, but not exclusively.

Aoi House is the story of Alexis "Alex" Roberts and Sandy Grayson, two male college students kicked out of their dorm for having "unknown and potentially alcoholic beverages" (they weren't alcoholic) and for showing lewd anime videos in the student lounge, and because during their meeting with the dean about these infractions, Sandy's hamster Echiboo made himself comfortable in the dean's toupee. However, they seem to be in luck when they find a flyer for an anime club, "Aoi House". Just one problem: before the Y fell off of their sign, they were "Yaoi House", and the flyer neglected to mention that it's supposed to be girls and gay guys only. However, seeing as how the housing committee has been on their case to get more members, they have no choice but to let Alex and Sandy stay. Hilarity Ensues.

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The original webcomic ran in 2005. It used to be hosted at the Go Manga website, but the site since went down. For a time it was rereleased online at the new Pixie Trix/Zoom Comics server 5 days a week, but those went offline as well. The entire series is available in print and e-reader formats.


This series provides examples of:

  • Bishōnen: Alex and Mason, however, Alex's bishieness is taken cranked up to eleven whenever he lets his hair down: every female character immediately falls for him and follows every command he gives. Just because he's THAT PRETTY.
  • Enemy Mine: Both Aoi House and Uri House challenge the USA SOS Brigade, an anime club dedicated to Haruhi Suzumiya, to a cosplay duel after they won Best Anime Display, and with it, a new PlayStation 3.
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  • Gainax Ending/The Series Has Left Reality: Despite no prior supernatural elements other than hints of sentience in the pets and Alex's bewitching hair, the gang spend the last few chapters before the epilogue trapped in Silent Hill, tying the book to The Unmasqued World of its later sister series. A later bonus story has Steph take them back there, after analyzing Alex's hair and Sandy's apparently psychic [bad] luck.
  • Meaningful Name: Echiboo. After Sandy introduces him to the girls:
    Jessica: Sorry, tiger. I think you meant to say Ebichu? You just called your hamster a "perverted fart" in Japanese.
    Morgan: Perverted's right! Check it out!! It's a panty hamster!!
  • Seme/Uke: Also referenced at "Yaoi 801". For the demonstration, Alex dresses up in the seme roles and Sandy in the uke.
  • Shared Universe: Stephanie Kane, who appears here, becomes the leader of Paranormal Mystery Squad, which links to Vampire Cheerleaders through her little sister's school.
  • Ship Tease: Mason is able to break Elle out of her funk after she loses out to Morgan on getting Alex, but it's hinted at that he actually ends up with Jessica. This is another one of those ones that seems weird because they had little interaction during the main plot, but hints were dropped there.

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