Ruled by the cruel ranking system, the school is a swirl pool of jealousy, envy and lust.
Caste Game, a game that determines every student's ranking in the class by the poker card each one found. Azusa used to be the top of the caste, the "king," but he was deceived by Karino, who Azusa thought was loyal to him. Azusa became a "target," while Karino becomes the new king.
Caste Heaven is a dramatic yaoi manga that contains the elements that, personally, make it a brilliant work within its niche.
**Just a warning, this is very much a yaoi manga – so expect graphic imagery of intimate relationships between males. Furthermore, many of these intimacies are somewhat violent and are underpinned with potentially distressing themes (to be blatant – rape, blackmail, etc.). So just know this is not another Gosan no Heart or such.
As with all of Takagi’s (Ogawa Chise) works, I find this manga to be exceedingly aesthetically pleasing. While character designs are unrealistic and undeniably feminine, the art ultimately works really well to construct atmospheric scenes that range from shocking the audience, to instilling a sense of foreboding and anxiety.
The concept of a corrupt governing party, and an unethical society, it itself is not particularly original, and the initial premise of the schooling system seems slightly illogical. What makes the plot of Caste Heaven so engaging is its brilliant story telling. The progression of the plot is wonderful: scenes cut enticingly from the past to the present in such a way that raises just enough questions to make you want to binge read the entire series, and changes in the perspective of the manga allow the audience to deeply understand the dynamics of the characters and their respective relationships. What more, the romance intertwined within this manga is very dark, and yet very addictive. Ultimately, while not entirely original, the construction of the story and its themes is very well done.
All of the characters within this manga are wonderfully distorted and broken in their own way. Many of the characters undertake in cruel and savage acts, and yet ultimately no (main) character can be considered evil or entirely unpleasant – somehow all the characters are charming. The story is broken into two interlinked stories (as of volume two), with each story varying in the narrating perspective as well as providing scenes of the characters’ pasts. This allows the audience to slowly develop a keen and satisfying understanding of the characters personality and behaviour.
Overall, Caste Heaven is everything I look for in a dramatic yaoi manga. The art, the story telling, the characters, it is all wonderfully executed. I honestly enjoy reading not just every chapter, but every page of this manga. The romance within this manga is shocking, the story is cruel and emotionally provoking, and yet somehow you cannot refuse this manga – it’s charming like that.
*Note, this review is for Caste Heaven up until chapter 9.read more
I've read many yaoi mangas but Caste Heaven really stood out from the beginning with its bold storyline. The name also really stood out to me as well as the synopsis.
There are many reasons why I liked the story. First of all, the storyline is different from most if not all the mangas I've read so far. There may be disturbing sections quiet a few times but it just builds up the tension and it made me want to read more. Also, since the story is psychological as well as BL, you tend to pay more attention to the details.
What I don't like about this manga is that some scenes are really brutal, those scenes end up giving me mixed emotions and change the way I view a character very suddenly although this can be considered both a pro and con. Even though I think the characters in this manga are very good in term of their personality matching up with the context, but I still feel that for certain characters you don't exactly understand them and their personality isn't defined enough.
In conclusion, I love it so far because, unlike previous mangas I've read, there is never a point where you feel it might be boring or that the tension has relaxed a bit but instead you can see it building up. read more