After putting the manga on hold for an year I decided to came back and finish it, and I must say I m very pleased in making this choice, but also sadened to have finish the last chapter, seeing where it could have gone too... it would have been amazing, but due to situations the mangaka cancelled the manga after hiatus.
Why do I care, to even write this? Because this is a gem among yuri reads.
There is alot of yuri, yet the story doesnt rely on it solely to grab the viewers attention.
Neither is Suou and Creo the only pair that should be mentionated, as
characters like Kiki and Urara really became very amusing to see, on later chapters the story presents even more unique fellas.
But Suou x Creo and Kiki x Urara were the biggest joy I had reading Gurenki.
Their relationship and behavior, ranged from the extremely cute Suou, the funny Kiki, and the cool and powerfull Creo, which even leads into some fights, in a scale never seen before on a yuri manga, kinda epic, yes a yuri that screams EPIC, such is Gurenki.
The art was very good, minor Creo's huge racket that was unbelieveble too big.
Cute and expressive faces, nice background, magic effects and cool fighting scenes, the art is a treat once you get used to it.
And the yuri scenes can make you even blush. <//<
Storywise, you can count on some very enjoyable and unexpected twists, with really saddening and brutal moments, the direction the plot takes can positively surprise you at times.
I felt the pacing was great too, a story that never got boring to read, and characters that developed accordingly with it.
Gurenki is a very charming and engaging read, but the biggest flaw is that it ended prematurely, with so many promises of even more greatness, never to be drawn.
The cliffhanger about Kiki and Urara only made me feel like wanting to read more too, since in a way at least Creo and Suou plotline gets developed to a more decent (still halted) outcome, than Kiki's and Urara's.
Such premature death to a manga, clearly affects the score, since otherwise it would be a must read to everyone that likes action/yuri.
Despite that, I still consider Gurenki worthy of your time, if you like yuri, you can read this, but understand that you wont reach any kind of conclusion taht will give you pure joy, but at least reading the omake extra chapter after ch10 should help in such regards, making the end of chapter 10 less negative. It is not that it ends badly, it is jus that it ends with obvious intentions of continuing on a possible chapter 11! Takes this to mind, and decide for yourself.
Yuri has potential to be so much more than just yuri, and Gurenki is the living proof of such concept, dont miss it, if you are up to a unique and refreshing yuri read.