Ganymedes is a revered, handsome Trojan prince. His beauty has not gone unnoticed by the gods. The day of his coming of age parade, Ganymedes is abducted by Apollon, the sun god.
Ganymedes awakens in a foreign place, surrounded by pure-white flowers and an endless, star-filled sky. Apollon reappears and informs Ganymedes that he’s imprisoned in the Garden of the Gods. For what purpose is he being kept there?
This manga would catch people's attention with its beautiful art. It's very consistent and gorgeous. Hands down, it's definitely a 9, if not 10. I love the way the Gods are drawn, especially Zeus.
For the story, indeed if it's your first time to read sensei's work, then you'd be confuse. It's kinda deep, you see. The questions that arise from the story is quite challenging to understand. Sometimes you can't understand what they are talking about. You have to really concentrate to get what's happening.
I also feel that the manga lacks a proper ending. Maybe it's because it's my first time reading
sensei's work or maybe it's just the way the manga is. But the ending isn't satisfying.
Though it's only two volumes, I feel that I understand the characters and they were developed quite well. But I would like to see more of the first guy who suddenly appeared. It would be really interesting.
Over all, it's a great manga for those who love Greek Mythology and deep psychological thinking. But the art is really good that I don't think you'd mind reading the manga just for the art.
Well no one wrote a review yet, obviously as i am the only one so far. This is also my first review, i just thought i should mention that.
Hmm well to tell you the truth at times when i was reading Olimpos i was wondering if perhaps i was reading it wrong. Maybe i was. But there were some confusing parts with dialouge and frankly, with what the heck was going on. Well you can figure out the basics, that its about Ganymedes who was stolen away to a Minature Garden by Apollo. Where then Apollo visits him often to converse in ambigious conversations about
what is true and how Ganymedes can escape. There are a few other greek gods added as characters as well.
But besides a few misunderstandings here and there, the story was interesting (if you can wait to the end to really get the idea of its meaning). The artwork overall was very good, characters were detailed, the setting was a little minimal, but what the setting lacks in detail the story doesn't. XD There is suttle humor and moments that leave you curious to read more, so its not bland.
I have mixed feelings about this manga though. It wasn't that it was horrible and its not really to the point that i could of cared not to read it, but as Aki said in a author note at the end "its light reading".
So if your looking for a manga that still makes you think, has beautiful characters, and is light/quick reading, Olimpos is a good choice.
Plus, if you liked Olimpos, Aki has other mangas she wrote.
[Forgive me for my messy-ness.. >< My first time writing a review on Myanimelist ;w;]
Here we go!:
Aki did a very, very good job on this series. However, I wouldn't recommend Olimpos to readers who are new to Aki's works.
Cons: Why? This series is extremely confusing to readers who aren't used to Aki's storytelling style. For instance, many readers complained how the plot was confusing and strange. But for other readers, like me, who have had experience reading works of Aki understood it fine. So the only way for one to understand the plot is to either read a lot of Aki/ get used to her
style or pay an extraordinary attention to the details. [hint: pay more attention to Apollo and hades' dialogs; they help a lot :D]
Another problem I need to address is "overly girly looking" guys. |||OTL There's also been a lot of complaints from readers saying that the guys are almost indistinguishable between females. I have to agree with this actually, though I really liked their designs... lol
Also, Olimpos need more background in the panels Oo' Even though the character designs are well-drawn, it can't be an excuse for so many empty/white backgrounds ^^'
Pros: The art is awesome-sauce [besides the background and character design problem]. So I have to say, Olimpos is the most detailed and proportionally accurate manga I've ever read. So if you're the type of person who obsesses over art in a manga, this is for you.
Aki did a very good job researching. Most of the mythological and historical information stated are actually accurate. [usually in many manga the author would twist historical information to fit their story] Also, her choice of using Ganymede as a main character is surprising [in a good way] since Ganymede's abduction isn't exactly a popular story...
Overall: Confusing, strange, detailed, beautiful, and a work of art. This can be either a light reading as Aki had suggested, or it can be pretty serious. Just keep in mind that all the scenes and dialogs aren't there for no reason, so pay attention to everything while reading if you want to actually understand the manga.
Thank you for reading and I hope this'll help orz...
Ok, normally I do not write reviews and I do not believe in them either. I find them plain useless. Still, I need to talk about this story and so I shall write the third review.
The art is above average level at any case. What I disliked a bit was the lack of females and the fact all males looked like girls, but considering the shojo genre it’s perfect (although few times I could not distinguish the two main characters from each other due to the long hair and similar garments)
The story really deserves some attention. Honestly, it is not for everyone. It’s
mainly base around theology and existentialism, and also some interesting eastern philosophies about the creation of the world and the balance of things. So, yeah, if you are not interested in the subject you will find the plot mediocre at best. If you have some basic knowledge or even the tendency to be curious about some things, I believe you will get mind-blown. The impact I can compare this piece of art to is the impact I got with Ergo Proxy and all the philosophy there. The topics vary: immortality, creation, knowledge – all you can think of among these fields. I found the story very intriguing to the point I decided to actually write I review.
The characters are also interesting. Sadly not all of them. But at least the main characters deserve some attention and are well-developed based on their traits. Apollo is the one who is the most contradicting but if we stick to the nature of the actual god, he is perfect. I liked a great deal the taste of order in the chaotic way of thinking of gods. It is well-balanced between the idea that humans cannot comprehend gods and also that gods cannot comprehend humans. The essence of the whole story is in that balance.
I do not recommend this to anyone. But to everyone who is intrigued by philosophy – you may find a little diamond for thought in this particular work although it will still leave you wondering…