The island of Ilegenes is home to an internationally renown genetic engineering research institution. In addition to their research involving genetic manipulation, a dark underground organization exists called the Black Market. Great profit is gained from the mass production of clones and the sale of human bodies. Thus, people refer to Ilegenes as the place God has turned away from—The Genetic Sodom.
Fon F. Littenber enrolled in the Ilegenes military school to become strong. He wants to avenge his parents' deaths by destroying the Black Market organization. Fon is a cool, collected young man whose attitude and parentage separate him from his peers. His father is Professor Littenber, the father of Genetic Sodom and the authority on brain research. Due to this, Fon is targeted by rival students and nasty rumors that claim he was subjected to genetic manipulation at the hands of his father. What fate awaits Fon in Ilegenes?
Ilegenes is unfortunately one of those mangas that recieve very little recognition despite being a masterful piece of work. When I stumbled across this manga it was like finding a hidden gem. It is what motivated me to finally join this site just so I could write its first review.
What captured me most about Ilegenes: The Genetic Sodom, is the main character Fon. His charisma seems to affect everyone in his military school and it is also what captivated me. Fon's character, like the island of Ilegenes,consists of an intricate web of mysteries and secrets. As he tries to unravel the intrigues of his past , others begin to question whether such a character is really human or genetically engineered to physical perfection. Although Fon's psychological condition is far from perfect, it is his emotional flaws that defines his humanity even if he may have been artificially created. The major themes of this sci-fi work is presented through the ethics of genetic engineering, political intrigue, human corruption and the complications it creates in our society.
This manga is the perfect blend of sci-fi, adventure and psychological thriller topped with a slight hint of shounen-ai between Fon and Jacques to make things interesting. Although whether it is shounen-ai is certainly left up to the reader's interpretation I think it would give the manga more depth. The artwork is undoubtedly magnificent and the characters sketches incorporate even the minutest emotional detail. Hopefully in the recent future, Ilegenes will get the recognition it deserves as the masterpiece it truly is. read more
Ilegenes dynamically blends the concepts of politics, power, scientific cloning and genetic engineering geared towards a darker path of human nature (in a psychological way). Coupled with friendship and brotherly romance, the manga distinguishes itself from other series of a similar genre by pausing at the appropriate spots instead of trying too hard.
I love the unique aspects of the plot, the charisma of Fon and the seemingly frivolous yet caring personality of Jacques. The interaction between Fon and Jacques is the manga’s major selling point – yes, readers can simply assume there is definitely some extraordinary brotherhood between these two yet at the same time, it is not the boys romance we are talking about here.
The concept of finding one’s true self, believing and doing what is right even in the face of adversities are strongly exhibited throughout the series. The decisions and reactions of the characters grip at your heart and to a certain extent, make readers put themselves into the shoes of the characters and ponder what they would have done if they were in the same position.
After completing this series I just wish it could have been longer. Ilegenes is a manga that will stay in your hearts even long after you have finished reading. It also makes one question the political state of his country.
PS: I couldn’t satiate my curiosity about the story’s aftermath and have started to move on to the novel version, which setting takes place 13 years after the series in the manga. read more
Illegenes: The Genetic Sodom is a masterfully written manga about genetic engineering and cloning and the issues it holds, it’s a manga that questions what happens when man plays god and ultimately what makes a human - human. In the tradition of the best sci-fi, this manga makes us think about the deep questions of humanity and it is driven both by plot and a strong character.
On a rogue island where genetic engineering takes places against the rest of world community and it is thus called the genetic Sodom because it violates the rules of both God and man. This place controls the black market on genetic engineering and cloning and people thus made are sold as slaves, pleasure and body parts.
It is on this island that our mc Fon Fortinbras attends an elite military academy as the top honor student, think of this as West Point or Sandhurst, or Saint-Cyr meets Joseph Mengele. However Fon plans using this position to take revenge on his parents killed by those running the black market and being inside to bring down the black market.
However there are a lot of mysteries behind everything going on that Fon must unravel.
It also brings to mind questions of what insanity when living in an insane world, or what happens to a good person who must enter an evil environment. Fon sometimes seems like Hamlet.
This is ongoing and I’m trying not to spoiler anything in this.
The art is beautiful at times and gory at times while remaining clean-lined and well drawn. This is a mature manga because of the themes, and parts might be quite disturbing to some readers. Some readers might not like the shounen-ai tone to it as it is set in an all male military school; the cast is handsome European elites; but this is Not a yaoi, it’s a josei actually.
One criticism is that it can get a bit heavy on the existential angst at times.
This manga is ongoing; I wanted to write this to draw attention to this manga which should be better known as it’s a hidden gem. Although it is still ongoing and cannot be fully rated in all areas, personally for me it’s a 10 thus far. read more
The manga "Ilegenes" has the best story line ...the fact that i am writing this review despite being supper lazy is because its simply the best manga.
The story.. the art ... character design every thing stands out.. i am surprised that it still haven't debuted as anime ... the psychological plot is awesome moreover its kind of a reminder to modern science that what will happen if they keep on experimenting on humans and genes.
If anyone have watched/ read bakuman anime /manga then it might remind you of the story style of ashirogi muto sensei well actually i said that because if they were real i would've been a huge fan of their manga :D
There is somewhat of a bromance in it too or should i say its more like jacques (supporting character) consider Fon (main character ) as his little bro because of the age difference and as he also have many siblings but overall i bet this manga wont disappoint you
Also the manga story is advancing with the title : "Ilegenes - Giyoku no Koukyoukyoku " ... i highly recommend this manga ^^read more