Synonyms: Route 69
Japanese: ブルー ヘヴン
Published: 2002 to 2003
Score: 7.401 (scored by 1659 users)
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action psychological seinen
SynopsisThe world’s largest luxury ship 'Blue Heaven' saves a wrecked ship out at sea. At the captain’s command, the ship is searched, and 2 male survivors are rescued. On the ship, there are signs of horrible bloodshed. One of the rescued men, of unknown nationality, loses himself among the ship’s passengers and starts randomly slaughtering the patrons and staff. What is his motive?! (From Hawks & Omanga)
Includes the one-shot Route 69:
Sheela and Sai have become fugitives and fled with a promise to seek freedom and happiness in a warm place. On their way they are welcomed by the family of a modest increasingly abandoned village, a historic theater owners are going to have to close for lack of attendance.
Blue Heaven is sure to please those who like short plots that pack a punch. At a mere 24 chapters, the themes are well developed and the story is brought to a neat conclusion.
What I liked the most about the plot of this manga was the unpredictable twist that is brought about concerning character roles. The despicable antagonist, a homicidal maniac and terrorist, who is rescued by the unsuspecting crew of a high-class cruise ship, is shown as the general bad guy for a good part of the manga's beginning. However, a cruel turn is taken when the other antagonists are introduced: people who turn out to be so much worse than the "demon child" that once seemed so vile.
Maybe I just have a thing for anti-heroes, but for a few moments the evil rescued killer managed to garner some affection from me.
The shortness of the manga and the strength of the plot are very attractive, and are a sweet breath of clean air after the length and watered-down plot of some mainstream mangas. Overall this is a great dark psychological thriller that is sure not to dissapoint. read more
Both stories are AMAZING and refreshing psychological thrillers drawn in a realistic style. Parasyte (64 chapters) is an epic in length compared to Blue Heaven (24 chapters) and the plots are pretty different. But they're both masterpieces of equal caliber in my eyes.
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