Yuika Aoi has a recurring nightmare in which she isn’t able to save a mysterious, green-eyed man called Rei. Her elderly grandmother, who was born in the Taisho era, lives very traditionally, and at times seems to have magical powers. Apart from all this, she is a normal high school girl until she falls off a roof and into the Taisho era, in the middle of a battle between Rei and a fairy. Will she be able to save him this time?
Seirei Gakusha is a somewhat confusing manga that is pretty subjective. Some people will be completely baffled while reading it while others will find their own meaning to an obscure story. I found myself leaning towards both sides - searching for meaning and answers but also embracing the fact that the story can be pretty jumpy.
Seirei Gakusha relies on obscure meaning rather than somewhat concrete analogy. Instead of wasting time on explanation, a lot is shown and never really deeply explained, leaving you to take it how you want if you're interested in the story, or get angry if you're not. By taking this route,
I feel that a lot happens in two volumes and that the story moves along at a pretty good pace. We get what's needed to make some sort of sense so that the plot can grow, instead of being rushed. While this might be a good thing in one way or another, I feel that a better balance of explanation, deepness, and character development would have made this story more special. So much is going on at once that it leaves that "wow" factor to your opinion. From an interesting beginning to a somewhat confusing end, Seirei Gakusha stands by this.
The synopsis is a good example of how the story will be moving along. There's a lot of information given in that synopsis and a lot going on in it already. It sounds confusing and all over the place, right? That's sort of how the manga is. It's not really explained, it's just there. Don't get confused by the "fairy" part, however, because it's not about fighting tiny, cute fairies, but pretty vicious ones.
Seirei Gakusha's art is nicely done. Expressions, I feel, could have been somewhat better drawn, as the emotional portrayal isn't the best in my opinion (and more emotion could have made the story better), still being pretty average. More gory or scary scenes look nice, and I really do like the way that the characters look - with our main girl having glasses and the main guy not being a typical bishounen, I think they're pretty original. The style isn't all that original, taking a lot from what I consider to be an older style, but still looks nice and gets the job done.
The characters, I found, were quite intriguing, but at the same time we don't get into them very deeply. They don't grow or develop very much - they're the way that they start out through the whole story. Their initial personality is enjoyable and refreshing, but I don't have a very strong "relationship" with the characters because I didn't see much more. You're introduced to many interesting characters over the course of the story, but instead of a good thing, I think it's both good and bad because of the length of the story and the type of story-telling.
The main girl, Yuika Aoi, was refreshing. She's got a strong head on her shoulders and she's very intelligent. She's not getting saved all the time, not by a long shot. She has courage and guts and I find her quite likable.
Rei Kuyou, on the other hand, is an interesting but underdeveloped character. Unlike most bishounen, he's not overly cool, getting wounded because of his dangerous job as a Fairy Doctor, but he's still stoic and emotionless because of his past. This is the thing that was somewhat overdone. He's like that for most of the story, with some jumps that show a bit of a different side, but at the same time that's rare and I found that he came across somewhat flat because I couldn't figure out what was going on in his head until the later chapters, thus not really giving me enough time to fall in love with him.
The rest of the characters are enjoyable, even if they are underdeveloped, but they do have emphasis put on them. They have their place in the story and they don't just disappear, which I think is very nice.
Through the ups and downs, I enjoyed seeing what Seirei Gakusha was all about and pondering over it a bit. It's a confusing and subjective story that not everyone will like, so I suggest that you go into it with an open mind, just going with the flow of the story, and see what you think.
This is wonderful manga focusing on a teenage girl and her adventures in what she first believes to be a land of make-believe. Though as time progresses and she spends more time there she realizes that maybe its not so 'make-believe' after all. It is a very good story with lots of interesting characters and some twists to trip you up. Though the ending may depress you just remember most stories have a happy ending!