Ruff Love (シバといっしょ。 Shibato Issho.?) is a one-shot Japanese manga written and illustrated by Tamaki Kirishima. The manga was serialized in Nihonbungeisha's manga magazine, Nichibun Comics. Nihonbungeisha released the manga's tankōbon volume on December 28, 2006.[1] It is licensed in North America by Aurora Publishing,[2] which released the manga through its yaoi imprint, Deux Press, on August 8, 2008.[3] The manga is licensed in Taiwan by Ever Glory Publishing, which released the manga on October 5, 2007.[4]


Comics Village's Lissa Pattillo comments on the manga's art, saying, she "liked the sketchy look it had and I liked the anatomy during some sex scenes where it’s shown that the characters actually have a little bit of realistic flesh on their frames. Shiba was pretty adorable, wide-eyed and scruffy. I don’t have as much positive to say about Taketora, who not only suffered from some uneven anatomy but from a facial design that I just didn’t find very visually appealing (big lips are too big)."[5] Pop Culture Shock's Michelle Smith comments on the "few genuinely funny panels, like those in which Akatsuki (another dog-person who moves in with Taketora and Shiba) entertains himself by playing with a frog."[6] Anime News Network's Casey Brienza criticises the book, saying, "nothing about this book manifests creative conviction—not the plot, not the characters, not even the furry fetish."[7] Dru Pagliassotti, comparing romance novels with Boys Love manga, mentions Ruff Love as an example of a kemonomimi "society", or setting.[8]


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  2. "Aurora Publishing Adds Hitohira, Three Boys-Love Manga". Anime News Network. 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  3. "Ruff Love: One-Shot". Aurora Publishing. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
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  5. Pattillo, Lissa. "Guest Review: Ruff Love". Comics Village. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  6. Smith, Michelle (November 12, 2008). "The Truth About Cats and Dogs". Pop Culture Shock. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  7. Brienza, Casey (December 12, 2008). "Ruff Love GN". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  8. Pagliassotti, Dru (2010). "Better Than Romance? Japanese BL Manga and the Subgenre of Male/Male Romantic Fiction". In Pagliassotti, Dru; Levi, Antonia; McHarry, Mark. Boys' Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre. McFarland & Company. pp. 63–64. ISBN 9780786441952. 

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