This psychological mystery is centered around a daughter of the Kanou family, Sayoko, who is said to be a descendant of a goddess. She has a face of a noble goddess and a heart of a most evil woman. She tries to keep her evil side hidden. But, when outsiders threaten to overtake her family fortune, she protect her family by using her charm and seduction to attract them into her trap.
Okay, first of all, the summary could not have been more misleading, it’s nothing to do with E-V-I-L because it’s not a shallow story where:
There is good
And there is evil.
The story’s about a new transfer student named Kanou, Sayoko who happens to look delicious (as you can see from the volume cover) in a very [cold, eerie,] traditional sense with the long black hair, red lips, etc. Thing is, everyone gets along with her when, generally, transfer students are outcasts however the school opens it arms to her and the whole grade quickly revolves around her. Then you’ve got Ryou, the bad boy of the story, who has a girlfriend. He soon gets suspicious about our dear protagonist since there is something weird about her and the way she charmed the whole grade but he just can’t put his finger on it…
I think that’s a better summary for Kisshou Tennyo but then again, it ain’t great either because the plot just twists out-of-control-like.
*Audience: Yay! Twists at last! O! The glory!
The plot was like the stinkiest cheese ever or the oldest wine that is still considered safe for ingestion; it was rich. In detail, in building characters, in introducing information, and especially in making the reader confused as Hell from the twists [which is a good thing, mind you]. The plot is slow at the start where we first meet Kanou, Sayoko and it picks up the pace as the volumes stack up and the best part in all of this is that there aren’t ANY coincidences (okay, maybe just a few but they don’t count!) so this says a lot about the quality of the writing and characters’ personalities.
The thing about the story is that it revolves around Kanou, Sayoko but we see the story from a lot of different perspectives but not hers, we don’t get to be an audience of her thoughts; which yes, heightens the mystery a great deal but it gets on my nerves.
I don’t like it when I know bits and pieces about the main character when I could know the whole thing if it were in their perspective.
But just when I got used to it...
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The illustrations were excellent in creating a feeling of foreboding and mystery and were realistic to an extent and proportional = double zing. What I love about it is the effort it obviously took to create such a piece of fine art, I mean the style of the illustrator was looking at you right there, so obviously unique; and it just compliments the genre and the story. However since the art is wispy and not ordinary and mediocre [like what most people are used to], I can see why people might say evil-this or evil-that since they are out of their familiar-zone but that just means that they just don’t understand what they’re reading because as the reader we’re always in limbo.
Is she bad or is he?
Are they the cause of this or is it them?
Who is the victim, him or could it be her?
Who is more tragic, is it he or him?
We never get told who’s in the right and since there are so many great twists, you don’t get to finalise your verdict before the next twist makes you think thrice about it.
In the end, it is a gem of its genre. If you are a twist-aholic or are madly in love with the mystery genre and want some excellent illustrations to boot, then this is the story for you. There is effort in this, like crazy amounts and if you get used to the switching perspectives then I’d recommend it to you even if you aren’t in love with the genre because it’s an excellent story to get your head working.
And in the end, I want you to ask yourself the question...
Who is Kanou, Sayoko?
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