Synonyms: 17-sai. Joshikousei Kankin Satsujin
Published: 2004 to 2005
Score: 7.361 (scored by 286 users)
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SynopsisThis is the story of a terrible crime committed against a 17-old-girl, committed, in part, by 17-year-old boys. Why did such a thing happen? Why was no one able to prevent it?
In the beginning, high school boys Hiroki and his friend Takashi are rescued from bullying by a notorious gangster, Miyamoto. At first, they are thrilled to be under his protection, and cheerfully run off anyone who threatens them with the mere mention of Miyamoto's name. Soon, they learn that there is a lot more to being in Miyamoto's gang than just being protected. In return, they're expected to offer loyalty and obedience, or face possibly deadly consequences. This becomes harder as the violence and the crimes they find themselves committing begins to escalate.
One night, they kidnap a high school girl, Sachiko. Now Hiroki has two battles to face. Internally, he faces the dissonance between his sense of self-preservation and his conscience. Externally, Sachiko's twin sister Miki, who goes to Hiroki's high school, her parents and the police are searching for the missing girl. Will Sachiko ever return home? What kind of person--or monster--will Hiroki become?
17-Sai. is a manga which is based off the real life gang-rape murder of Junko Furuta from the 1980's in Japan. It is about a girl who gets kidnapped walking home from school and is held against her will as a sex slave by a group of delinquents. Of course this is a very dramatic mature subject that many readers will not be able to take. There are very graphic scenes that show the girl being raped; I'm saying all this as a warning.
Even though the content of this manga is a horribly disgusting event, the manga itself feels like a tribute to the real life girl. We see many different points of views around the crime and how the events took place. I believe the story is amazing even though it makes me sick. It is very dramatic and compelling which will keep you reading. The art style makes the manga seem more realistic. This allows for stronger emotions from the reader. Even though the characters are horrible beings, there is still a lot of character development and the understanding of the characters comes natural. I very much enjoyed reading this manga. It helped open my eyes to this kind of subject which made me realize how lucky I am. I feel that even though this is a very tragic and depressing manga, it can still shine bright as a tribute to Junko Furuta.
Overall:8 read more
Both are crude, twisted, and show the darker side of humanity. Both mangas have violence, rape and murders. And finally, both are ruthless, and chillingly realistic (17-sai. is based on real events, even more frightening and infuriating than the ones showed in the manga).
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