Deep in the heart of 19th century London, a young nobleman named Cain walks the shadowy cobblestone streets of the aristocratic society into which he was born. Forced to become an earl upon the untimely death of his father, Cain assumes the role of head of the Hargreaves, a noble family with a dark past. With Riff, his faithful manservant, and Mary Weather, his 10-year-old half sister, Cain investigates the mysterious crimes that seem to follow him wherever he goes.
I only recommend if for those sick people who can stomach the convulted, twisted, vile nature of humanity and still think its one helluva story.
Well then, hello you sick people, this is your manga.
Basically Godchild (first started in the Cain Saga) is the story of the Earl Cain, a posion collection, who is a noble of the prestigious English family, and finds himself investigating strings of murders involving serious psychologically distrubed people (seriously, they are MESSED UP) in the current decaying society which is London. As the story progresses he begins to find a pattern in these cases all connected to a organization with dark intentions known as Delilah, who dabbles in the occult. Not only that but he finds out that the organization is run by a person from his past whom he thought was dead...
Gourgeous, gourgeous, gorgeous. You can tell just by looking at each page, that everything, even just a characters head must've taken forever. Kaori Yuki draws absolutly amazing clothing and the detail she and her assistants take is just amazing, and she draws BACKGROUNDS (yes, its true) which tend to be very beautiful in their arcitecture and even in everyday around-the-house items are drawn very well.
Character: Flat is NOT at all what you'd call Kaori Yuki's characters. Good and evil alike they all each have their goals and intentions. Plus, its really easy to get drawn in by the series' main character, Cain who has a cool, dignified allure, that even if he generally seems to wave off others, he is kickin' sweet. For some reason he reminds me of L of Death Note, cool and calculating.
Enjoyment: Heck, I love it.
Overall: If you cannot handle baby-killers, human experiments, taboo relationships, and crazy women who sew people into dolls. Well how about Fruits Basket instead? But really, the dark tone of manga is really captivating, and it gets the reader really involved in the story, if you are a lover of the supernatural, psychological, and the mysterious. Reaadread more
I absolutely love this series (and of course, The Cain Saga). I love Kaori Yuki's artwork, and the relationships she constructs between characters is always so involved, complex, and at time twisted. But..it always works out because the feelings of the characters are real. Very very real.
Plus, who doesn't like the feel and look of Victorian London? Who hasn't wondered about the perversive nature of fairy tales and Mother Goose tales? And the chapter titles were so appropriate for the setting of the manga, I can tell Kaori-sama put a lot of research in this.
The ending was heartbreaking and perfect at the same time. I remember reading in her side notes that a different ending was thought of, but I don't think anything could have been better than what was published. I'm felt it not only emotionally, but physically too.
This is truly a masterpiece, and a must read for anyone regardless of their main interests of genre. read more
Kaori Yuki proved, with this manga, that she is a master story teller. Her characters are so 3-dimensional, it's hard to dislike any of them. I was also amazed by the amount of plot that she was able to squeeze into only 8 volumes without any of it seeming rushed. And the art is (of course) beautifull. However, the main reason this is one of my favorite mangas, is all because of how it ended. It has, in my opinion, the best ending I've ever read or seen in any anime.
I'm pretty new to the whole manga/anime scene, but despite that, I'm an avid reader and Godchild holds its own against my favorite novels. And honestly, I wish more novels were like this.
This is definitely a mature story, and not for people who are rubbed the wrong way by messed up family dynamic and "interesting" relationships. That having been said, Godchild has the right balance of disturbing, so it's just enough to give the story a healthy dose of macabre, but not enough to be excessive or ridiculous. It's full of twists and surprises, and I really mean surprises, not the kind that try to be surprising but never really succeed. There were many times I found myself thinking "WHAT THE" as I was reading this.
Woooowwww is all I have to say. Kaori Yuki really knows her stuff. Not only were the backgrounds, clothes, and character design all incredible, but you really get a sense of the raw emotion coming from each character, which I assume is hard to achieve. The art was easy to follow, and there were very, very few spots where things got a bit confusing.
Incredible. There weren't really any completely original characters going on here. You've got the tortured but noble and intelligent main character, the loyal servant, the innocent and lovable little sister, the lighthearted best friend, and a handful of villains doing evil things. Even so, Kaori Yuki takes these otherwise generic characters and molds them into something really unique. The villains weren't just walking around killing people and going "MWUAHAHA" and the good guys weren't just acting high and mighty and perfect. Plus who DOESN'T like a gorgeous and tortured main character? ;)
Oh, so much enjoyment. By the first chapter, I was already hooked. I even endured staying up until four in the morning with a massive headache to keep reading this. Once it was over, I found myself wishing for 100 more chapters. I can't even begin to explain how enjoyable this was to read.
I'm a pretty big fan of anything dark and Victorian, but even if that really isn't your thing, I'd be surprised if you don't love this. I stumbled upon this manga when I was simply looking for a nice horror story to spend my night reading, so I really wasn't expecting the pure amazingness that is Godchild. This story is haunting, tragic, beautiful, and completely mesmerizing. I can't wait to start my next Kaori Yuki manga. read more