In the 2020’s the Japanese female culture was extremely corrupted in the eyes of the first women prime minister. To bring back the beauty of Japanese femininity, she created the Amazon Academy, a girls-only school, on an artificial island isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Amesu Kumi just transferred into Amazon Academy to investigate the death of her older sister, Towa, who also attended the school until she died in a shroud of mystery. The only clue she has is the name Burai Sachiko left in Towa’a cell phone. How could Kumi have known that the school literally turns into a battlefield when classes are over; where petite girls beat each other senseless in order to survive.
Tokyo Girls Destruction is a manga that was recently released as a web comic by Court Betten. To compare this manga to another, you would need to use several others. To get this, Deadman Wonderland would have to knock up Freezing. And then they move to the island prison, Alkatraz. After reading the mere four chapters available for this publication today, it's almost impossible not to immediately compare it to the manga "Freezing". In which, you have a plot that completely defeats the purpose of its self. In Freezing, Earth is being attacked by an extraterrestrial alien race. Human population is dwindling. And they're sending perfectly impregnateable young women onto the battlefield. What's worse, is that they fight and kill each other in this little academy of theirs, for absolutely popostrious reasons.
In Tokyo Girls Destruction (TGD for short) you have vitually the same thing going on. The premise of TDG, is that it is roughly the year 2020 in Japan. And public morals, especially among young women, has degraded to the point of concern. And the Prime Minister at the time realizes this and opens and elite academy for young women in which they lean manners, respect and morals with the upmost conduct.
So this academy, which is sitting off mainland Japan in the Pacific Ocean, completely walled in and cut off from the outside world in which the students in this all-girls elite academy live and learn. But unfortunately, it's not all it's cooked up to be. Once again we have setting that completely defeats the purpose of its self. Because here's the kicker: (this isn't a spoiler by the way, since this is in the first chapter) The rules of the school only apply during school hours. Yep, once the final bell rings, the girls are free to kill each other. And they actually do that. The thing is, the girls are supposed to have these "badges" they wear. They serve as your ID card and credit card on the island school. Without it, you cannot buy food, clothes, or even lock your door at night. The girls fight each other in bloody hand to hand (occasionally knives and other weapons) fights for those who have badges, to gain as much power as possible. Once another student steals your badge, you become their underling/slave/servant, at least if you can steal it back. Once you have no badge, you're treated as a "badgeless" and given treatment from other teachers and badged students that screams human rights violations everywhere you turn. Recieving beat downs from students and teachers, forced to labor for hours to clean the messes other students make fighting each other (broken glass, doors, blood, moving injured students to the infirmary) and since you can't lock your door without your badge, your dorm will be ransacked. Girls do die at this school in bloody assaults and abuse. Sound familiar? It's been done before.
Since the school was built to improve the moral quality of young women in Japan, them killing each other for power after school hours, along with teachers abusing their powers and physically abusing students completely defeats the purpose the school was built for in the first place. Thankfully I haven't seen any limbs flying yet.
Fortunately, the manga does have some strong points.
The artwork and detail here are fairly good. I haven't noticed any mistakes or inconsistencies in character designs or general artwork and backgrounds. And aside from girls breaking through window panes, leaping off balconies and kicking down steel reinforced doors, everything appears to be somewhat realistic.
The story does seem like it can get deep enough to keep most readers interested in what will happen between the main characters and her potential allies. The plot does have some mysterious elements to it. But I'm still wondering why the school got like this in the first place.
And there are some mysterious characters, some strong ones and ones you'll hate right off the bat once you see their true face. No one at this academy is who they appear to be. Only pretending.
And that's about it for strong points.
Overall I give this a 6/10 (average). I rate it that mostly because I find it too easy to compare it to other disasters of an anime or manga that I've seen before with a similar concept. I do not like reading stories like this. But, if I see another chapter out, I'll read it just to see if the main character finds a way to overcome her problems.read more
Perfect story, perfect art. Grips me from page to page. But I would still say that this story lacks a considerable amount of character development. I personally think that the plot moves faster than the characters. I barely understand the story line during the first few chapters making me have to go back and forth between pages to be able to fully understand each character's links with one another. However, I think that that is the purpose of the manga: making me drop my jaw in shock. I like this story. I came across it while looking for martial arts/action/psychological mangas and not once was I disappointed. For anyone who is looking forward to read this do so because everyone needs a bit of this in their life.read more
For something I accidentally ran into, it was quite amusing.
Story - 7/10
This type of story has been done before; a group of people separated from the outside world living by a new set of rules that have been forced upon them. Put this together with the hint of mystery which would be the “Why is this happening?” and you got yourself a story. The pacing of the story was quite fast, as to be expected of a manga with only fifteen chapters. But, in my opinion this is okay because if it would have been longer it would have become tedious.
Art - 8/10
I personally really liked the art. The characters were portrayed in an amazing way in which it would suite their character perfectly. The only problem I had was that the facial expressions of many characters were not convincing, which slightly ruins the moment at certain points.
Character - 4/10
At first the set of characters seemed great but they turn out to be quite boring. The characters all fit the story nicely and it is very interesting in the beginning. Too bad there was not a lot of good character development going on. Every character stays the same until almost the end of the story, then they abruptly change.
Enjoyment - 7/10
Even though I have seen and read this type of story hundreds of times already, I must say I enjoyed this work. Now I must mention that I am a fan of this type of works, but hear me out. The plot was executed in a believable and convincing way and the mystery kept me reading until the last page. And even though there is not a lot of development going on, the characters are still likeable.
Overall - 7/10
The story has been done before and the characters do not develop well. In my opinion you should not go and read this with high expectations because they will not be fulfilled. Why should you read it anyway? Because even though the story has been done before it is fun to see how it develops, you can enjoy the nice art style and it’s only fifteen chapters after all. You will not need long to finish reading this but you feel satisfied afterwards, and is that not the most important?read more