Synonyms: Brad Harley no Basha, Bradherley's Coach
Published: 2005 to 2007
Authors: Samura, Hiroaki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Manga Erotics F
Score: 7.551 (scored by 1253 users)
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2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsdrama seinen
Jul 17, 2008
I'm going to start off with a warning - this manga will shock you. Nothing can prepare you for the premise underlying this tale. Yet he doesn't do it purely for the shock value. As with so many good story-tellers, it is merely the axle around which the story revolves... and it is an immensely compelling story that unfolds as you turn the pages.
Again, as with all good story-tellers, it's the characters that make this story fizz. Despite some scenes of graphic violence (I thought I was pretty thick-skinned, but this made me cringe more than once) - which, to his credit, he doesn't dwell on; they happen, the story moves on - it is the characters that draw us into the tale, thanks to some skilful writing and wonderful characterisation.
Although the story initially focusses on the girls themselves, showing us their hopes, dreams and aspirations, as well as adding in the subtle dynamics within the orphanage itself (what would you do to make sure you were the next girl to be "adopted" into a life of bliss?), we are eventually introduced to characters from both sides of the... er... fence. Even here, everybody is portrayed as being human, with feelings and emotions and reactions to what is happening. One chapter in particular hammers home the wrongness of what is happening, in a karmic what-goes-around-comes-around way.
In essence, this is where the power (and dare I say brilliance) of this manga lies - the sheer raw emotion it evokes within you. The fact that we know who those girls are, what they think and what they dream about and long for is, makes the fact that you know the terrible fate awaiting them all the more devastating.
The violence aside, this is not an easy manga to read - purely because of the emotional strain it puts you under. And because of that - the fact that in a few short chapters of the story, the mangaka has already awoken such strong emotions inside me, that I have to say this is easily one of the best manga I have read in a long time. Certainly, not since Battle Royale have I read one that's hit me so emotionally between the eyes.
However, once again I have to say that it's not an easy read and certainly not for the squeamish. By the end of Chapter 1 you'll either be hooked, or repulsed - I don't think there is a middle ground with this. I, however, eagerly awaited the final chapters... not too sure what that says about me... read more
Jun 15, 2009
With the limited amount of 10/10 stories out there, I'm always on the lookout for anything serious and twisted. If there's anything that can get a reaction out if me, it isn't the usual dumb school comedy series, so I go for the opposite.
Bradherley's Coach fits the bill. It's set in Europe in the early 1900's, the country matching best with England. It's about girls from orphanages getting picked to join the opera troupe of one of the most powerful nobles (the fourth, to be precise) in existence - Bradherley. The girls view this like we'd see winning the lottery today - jumping from rags to riches. The girls are picked based mainly on their looks.
What the girls don't know about is a plan Bradherley put forward to parliament after something serious occurred at a prison. (There was a riot, the result being a lot of death and injuries.) Seeing his chance in the aftermath, Bradherley suggested taming the wild urges of the inmates serving life at prisons by offering a 'lamb' to counter their violent and lustful needs after a certain amount of months, preventing any further riots by allowing the inmates to give into their urges by offering them one innocent victim who would be sacrificed for the greater good.
The 'lamb' would be tricked into thinking she's being taken to Bradherley's estate in a coach, get taken to a prison instead, then get lead into a room full of 30-60+ inmates and, finally, the prison guards would then watch on as the inmates beat and rape the girl over and over. This would be allowed to continue for as many days as it took for the girls to die.
For handling the payments given to the orphanages for the 'lambs', supplying the girls and basically taking all the risks, Bradherley gained more power within the government and maybe even was allowed to evade paying taxes. There were a lot of benefits balanced against the risks. But, really, what risks were there in allowing inmates who wouldn't ever leave prison to have their way with girls with no family; girls who wouldn't be remembered?
Following the short introduction of a girl leaving her orphanage, blissfully unaware of her fate, the manga started off by showing a fairly graphic rape sequence. It didn't disturb me - I've seen one too many doujins on the internet to be easily disturbed, as well as a fair few other things - but I have read that some of the early parts of the story made some people stop. But, after the opening two chapters, the chapters that followed didn't show that kind of thing quite so graphically, instead mainly focusing on short stories involving different girls outside of the prisons...or, in other words, the events leading up to them becoming 'lambs'. The mangaka showed what happened to the girls in detail at the start in order to get the readers to fully understand what the girls had to endure and then stopped so as to not make the series pornographic. There was even a chapter telling the story from the perspective of a few prisoners; a chapter that was good because it helped me understand how the prisoners handled the situation they found themselves in.
What I loved when reading this series was the art. It was drawn with the intention of being realistic in an attempt to make the events more believable and disturbing, and it worked a treat. I couldn't spot any flaws in the art, either. The mangaka is meant to be pretty famous and, if this effort is anything to go by, I can see why.
Anyway. To sum it up, Bradherley's Coach is an excellent series to read...if you can handle a story that's realistic to the point of being disturbing. It's short enough to read in one go, it only lasting for eight chapters, and the fact that each chapter tells the story of a different girl (or two) keeps it fresh. I had no problems reading it from start to finish. I highly recommend it to lovers of short stories who are either twisted or have strong stomachs. read more
May 20, 2013
The story revolves around little girls getting brutally raped and tortured to death in the most goriest fashion imaginable. With each chapter the story moves on to the next girl. Some chapters focus on the background stories of the girls; but there is no real character development.
The only silver lining of this manga is its art. The art style is quite realistic even though most girls kind of look the same. The art is comparable with 'Blade of the Immortal'. The colored cover pages of the manga is gorgeous, I must say that is what drew me to this manga in the first place.
This is not what I was expecting from the author of 'Blade of the Immortal', a serous let down. Pathetic is the word perfectly describes this manga. The author proclaimed in the manga that it was his attempt to draw an erotic story, If you find it as such than there is something wrong with you. read more
Mar 16, 2009
This manga is just good to test yourself how much beatifully depicted gore you can hande, don´t expect anything else.