English: Floating Garden
Synonyms: Kuchuu Teien, Garden in the Sky
Published: Mar 24, 2009
Score: 7.261 (scored by 757 users)
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SynopsisThis is Sahaquel, a beautiful country surrounded by the blue vast sea where the south wind blows softly on your cheek throughout the year. One day, Aisha who worked in the red-light district was bought out by Karim, the illegitimate son of a rich merchant family, the Elhazard family who happened to be in the area attending some business. However, after the redemption, no role were given to Aisha, not even the role of Karim’s lover which is what she was supposed to be. Despite being confused of this, Aisha vowed to devote his everything for Karim’s sake…
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I had seen it a couple times as i was browsing around but it had never really caught my interest. I started reading it just to pass the time. What i found was a very cute story about a boy named Aisha, who had to sell himself on the streets, suddenly getting bought by a rich man named Karim, and being told that he would be his lover. But to the poor kids confusion, Karim hasn't touched him since he bought him. The Art is very good, and hopefully the character development will be good as well.
Ahhh Kuuchuu Teien. One of my favourite little mangas.
[ Story - 7 ]
The plot is cliche. I won't lie. The cover art can tell you exactly what this is about: There's a Prince. There's a boy slave. Add the two together and you get a 'Prince Saves Slave' plot. Even though this is overused it never gets old - well not with me anyway.
The main reason i love this manga so much is because it's not smut. I repeat: NO smut! trying to find a consensual relationship between a Prince and a Slave is rare. This, however, would be considered my perfect combination of romance between a Prince and a slave.
As for the 'Historical' genre tag: even though you get the feeling this is based in the ancient middle east where slaves were common...there are modern details: the Prince has a car, a phone in his office, western butlers? At first i didn't notice...until i saw the car. Look, it doesn't matter i just think the 'Historical' tag is invalid.
[ Art - 9 ]
I pay attention to art. The art can make or break a manga for me, and this doesn't disappoint! The character design is no less that prefect. Glossy skin, gorgeous eyes, handsome prince...and the fashion designs for the boy are sexy with a Arabian twist: tummy and thighs exposed with lots of jewellery.
I have read many works from Ken Homerun and i seriously admire her art. A mangaka worth following!
[ Characters - 8 ]
I like many characters in this manga - not just the main two. I like the brother butlers, as they did play an important role in bringing the two together, and also bought the comical relief.
The Prince was a stereotypical prince: spoilt, playboy, handsome, bossy, stuck-up - the Brother Butlers nicknamed him the 'Tyrant' as he tends to loose his tempter quiet quickly - but has a soft side when it comes to Aisha (the boy).
As for Aisha: he is quiet, shy, sweet, grateful and confused. He'd been a slave for most of his life - selling his body. So he doesn't know how to act when the prince doesn't use him for what he believes he is only good for. I also like him because it wasn't designed to be some stupid uke. Sure he gets jealous and acts like a child (which...he IS a child) but that just makes him more cute, as his actions are pure and genuine.
[ Enjoyment - 9 ]
I really enjoyed this as i love any stories about a prince falling for a normal citizen. It has that air of fantasy mixed with realty.
I also like how this wasn't smut, as i mentioned before. Nothing turns me off faster than "i rape you because i love you" plots *gag*
[ Overall - 9 ]
TL:DR? okay, if you want to read something that warms your heart and leaves you smiling, you will enjoy this. It has comedy, romance, drama and hot characters! Their together scenes are not smutty or distasteful as they are consensual and sweet. Also, the art is amazing!
Thanks for reading, feedback is appreciated ♥
If you like the BL-Prince themed mangas then these will please you. I consider both to be sweet and consensual love...more than rape. I'm sick of those 'Prince raping people that turns to love' mangas - sorry about the rant.
I found both a pleasure to read and the character designs were cute and likable. I also liked both plots as they had mild drama that kept me hanging for the next chapter and touching romance scenes. Although Kuchuu Teien has a younger boy in the pairing, apposed to two older males in Taiyou no Kikoushi, i didn't find it disturbing as it wasn't smut.
I rate both a 9/10
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