Himoto Sora is a transfer student with a sense of justice and dreams of becoming a knight. Upon arriving at Utopia Gakuen, she learns of a virtual reality-like game played by the male students in which they use girls as weapons in battles for status and treat them as commodities. Seeing one of these girls being abused she steps in and though some sort of error unwittingly becomes the first female participant of the game.
This series is interesting, it started off with something like a game like "Chaosic Rune", and was quite tragedic. However, it steered away from the dark path that "Freezing" took, which was constantly filled with tragedies. From chapter 2 or 3 onwards I began feeling that it would be one of my fav adventure-filled series.
Note:Abt 55 pages for first chapter, after that abt 40 and abv.
I give 10 for story+potential and 9 for story up till now.
The story is quite interesting. It reminds me of many different storylines I've read b4, but I couldn't exactly tell which part reminds me of which manga. 1 is like "Chaosic Rune", where damage taken is transferred to somewhere (Read the mangas for more info).
Empathy is quite strong in this series. This series got off to a tragedic start, and from the beginning a lot of mysteries started happening, including future possible potential. Till chapter 9 (or or 10) it's still quite murky, but at least it's clear it didn't have a heavy/very heavy mood like "Freezing". Hope is also a strong factor, even the reader can "believe" in the future of the characters in the story. A risk is though... the story may have trouble covering all the mysteries started.
Another good point is good usage of pages. Instead of increasing characters or involving school life scenes, this manga focuses on a few characters (and thus more character development) and increases action scenes and plot.
Plot is really clear right from the beginning few chapters... although some mysteries may interfere with plot if handled badly. But, some parts of the story do look strange though.
I like the story presentation a lot, some of it looks like a show itself.
Lots of action scenes, nice expressions, quite a few colour pages in some first few pages of a few chapters. Detail is there when needed and I could understand near all panels.
Murky but clear that there is potential. At least 5 characters in there are shrouded in mystery... the main character is likeable but realistic, and is very unique. Characters' emotions were depicted well most of the time, and the reader should be able to feel with most characters most of the times, sometimes even with villains.
The problem is with the side characters, most of them are developed a best a little only, so their actions are usually a mystery. But to be honest, the character cast is quite special. And the mangaka didn't expand the characters mostly involved too much ,which is a good thing, since the mangaka used a lot of pages to develop bonds between the main characters instead.
Suspense is overflowing... but it's really interesting to see the plot deepen.
Reading this is like watching a show about this hero who wants to revolutionize. Really interesting.
This manga is very good for me, serious when it needs to and funny when it's not. More importantly, the focus on empathy and hope makes this manga more than a "1-dimensional" storyline.
If you like this series I recommend Chaosic Rune or Freezing, though they are both heavy in their atmosphere.read more
A quick note at the start, I have only read 10 chapters of this manga up to this point as that's all that I can find currently. So this will be more of a first impressions rather than a review. That being said lets begin.
Shitsurakuen is a rather strange manga that I've had a hard time deciding whether I actually like it or not. The premise is pretty original (in a ways) and the characters seem likable enough, but something in the back of my mind keeps telling me I shouldn't be liking this. It is kind of hard for me to put my finger on what this nagging feeling is but if I had to sum it up in one word, I would say sexism (but not really...). Let me explain... This manga is aimed at men, and one can easily buy that. There is a quite a bit of sex appeal (and a slight air of lesbianism), a lot of action and fighting in tow. But, at the same time, the book also does everything it can to make men look like scum, and you kind of wonder how men can read this without feeling a little offended. I'm serious, I take some offense to how this manga portrays men. I know its not a huge deal, but every single man except for a social inept loser and a tall quiet guy, are completely evil sadists. Now Shitsurakuen does a pretty decent job of setting up the pretense that men have been brought up into this life style and that anyone would act this way in the given situation, but I always find it annoying when the one guy I am supposed to relate with is completely devoid of a social life. That aside, I really don't care too much about the depiction of men because it could be easily replaced with an evil empire and it would work exactly the same, Men are just used as a plot convenient evil for the protagonist to overcome. Thus the manga isn't especially sexist, it just uses it as a strange way of creating conflict.
Ok, well with that rant out've the way, the story really isn't that special. As I said, it's essentially a lone hero vs. a huge evil organization (men), all in the name to protect and save the weak and less fortunate that the organization tries to abuse (women). Its a simple shounen plot thats easy to get behind and enjoy, so its worth it for the most part to read on that aspect. The characters are interesting enough, all pretty cliche in their own right, but enjoyable to watch. Sora, the protagonist, is probably the most interesting of the bunch as she is essentially the stereotypical male protagonist of this kind of manga, only in a woman's body. She's kinda like a female robin hood, if robin hood were a bit more of an idiot and bit less witty. Again, like the plot, the characters are decent but pretty forgettable in the long run.
Now, as far as I can tell, this is the author's (Naomura Tooru) only work and as a first time project I can say that its pretty well done. The plot and characters are all straight from the book, with only a slight twist that the author added, but that's probably how one should always start writing, and I can commend them for that. This manga isn't great, but it has promise and i think with a bit of hard work out of Tooru, we may see some good things come out of it.
Overall, as an action manga, it isn't exactly great. I doubt many people would ever put something like this in their top ten, and really can complain about a lot of things. But overall if you like basic action as a whole, this will be familiar ground, and still enjoyable enough to check out. So I will end with saying, check it out, but I won't blame ya if you give it up after so long. read more
This review going to be real short and straight to the point. I personally was very disappointed in the ending, if your solely reading this manga for the shoujo ai and NOT action, then I recommend you not reading it at all because I big WTF is going to hit you in the face in the last chapter of the manga. Dont get me wrong, its a good manga with great action scenes and social plots and twists.(trust me this manga got alot of twists -_- the biggest twist is the last chapter) But i think they should remove shoujo ai as a genre related to it, cause it was very misleading. All that time you going to spend on it for a ending like that, you should watch lucky stars two more times than read this disappointing manga again.read more
A story with so much promise it fills me with regret every time I remember its beginning and rage when I remember its ending.
I really enjoyed about 90% of the story. The art is good; it never felt awkward or lacking; nor did it impress me though. The characters were strong and vibrant; they really sold the world they inhabited. As for enjoyment, if you can read the whole story, chances are that you will either love it or hate it. Its not the kind of story you can read without caring about one way or another.
It made my heart race with anxiety, anger, despair and joy (depending on the chapter). If you've read a lot of "knight saving damsels in distress" stories, then the path the story takes will feel familiar. Until you get to the end.
Thus I warn future readers; Most good stories have a simple beginning, complex middle and simple ending. This simple end allows the reader to feel the emotion or ask the question(s) that the author intended. However, this story's most complex part is the end which leaves the reader conflicted and or confused.
It throws a fairly big twist at the end. I haven't reread the series so I don't know how much foreshadowing their was but, I know that I definitely didn't see it coming.
After the twist is revealed, the story wraps up things mostly. However, it's ending was a little lackluster. The author seemed to agree and came out with a second last chapter that has a more fan service ending (it didn't make much sense to me but it still felt better than the original ending).
The problem comes in when you think about the twist. In my option it both completely betrays the story's theme and subverts the feelings of the reader. The story is turns out not to be about a courageous knight but rather about a manipulated fool. The worst part of that revelation is that it seems to unintended. The author seems not to notice that they have corrupted their own story. Well either that or they hate their own heroin and wanted to have an ending that belittled them.
If you've read all this and still want to read it, be prepared, there are other (perhaps better) reasons to hate the ending.read more