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 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.
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.
The story of this manga is based on "Paradise Story" which is often included in the story and well-made to cover the whole events in the story.
This manga is having a slow start and will leave you different perception more you dwell with the story. It's not a simple one but full of surprise and deep thought.
The art is greatly drawn and kept like that until the end. Characters, battles, and events are drawn nicely throughout the series.
Throughout the story, I don't like how they abuse the girls in the story, making my enjoyment so low but more you know story, this story
is very enjoyable. Having finished 23 chapter (I think ep.24 is epilogue) I really story as the whole.
So, conclusively, just like me, maybe you will turn away from this manga in first few chapters, but I think as a whole, this manga gives a very great story.
Story (3): It has a somewhat good premise going on, but it reminds me to much of other mangas like Soul Eater with the girls turning into weapons and the masters being the boys. It's a girl battling against sexism and bias in a school where girls are seen as nothing as tools, sounds like some feminist ideology to be honest, and that's not why I'm giving it such a low score. I did like what the first few chapters told, but as soon as it kept going, it got confusing, dull, a chore to read through and the ending just leaves us with too
Art (8): I thought it was pretty good to look at, but it's no where perfect. So not much to say on this part.
Character (6): I really did like Himoto Sora, but she seems too much as a Mary Sue later on as the story goes on, is it bad? Not really, but the other characters all have great designs of their own, but all have dull or confusing objectives going on. I feel like this manga needed over 100 chapters in order to get some justice to these characters, but since it's pretty short, it ended up doing a lot of damage.
Enjoyment (4): Well..... it's boring, not really a pain to read through but it's hard to keep your attention. It took me a long while to skim, not read, skim through a single page, and it really does suck because I feel like this manga had a lot of potential when it first started but it self-destructed as soon as the next chapter appeared.
Overall (6): Read it if you want to fall asleep, it's not a good yuri, not a good romance, nor a good story. So skip!