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
Holy shit. I have never seen a more offensive and angering manga i have ever seen. And to belive that this manga has a astronomacilly high 7.82 and is the 10th most viewed yaoi series in manga here. But i will try to explain why I despise this manga more then any other piece of fiction in a countdown.
1.PLOT HOLES- why the authorties are usless? why is azusa enjoying his position in ch 4? whydoes the card in ch 1 is a jack and in ch 5 is a 8? why doesnt any student at all call the fucking police? well thats enough for now. You see what i mean? why i find that this story feels so uncared and stupid? I swear the autor didnt know her own story when relasing.
2. NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENS- did i mention that ch 1-4 are the only time when the manga has the time move? yes after ch 4 the manga focuses on not one, but three diffrent couples for no reason which happen in the time of ch 1-4. if the charcters were good i would be intrested but...
3. THE CHARCTERS- while not the worst, the charcters are complete archetypes. karino- rapist seme, azusa- "badass" straight uke , kuze- the nice romantic seme(subverted to overprotective seme), kuskabe- nerd uke and so on... its not that their concept is bad, it is just that i cant take thier story and suffering seriously if i am supposed to have a boner reading this.
4. THE TONE- the tone is messy as hell. i dont get why this serious manga which wants to be a charcter explaroitans is also an attractive porn. this is a problem with all yaoi, but here it is overlly noticble. if u wanna be porn, be porn. the art isnt that bad. if u wanna be an edgey story then be that. but dont mix togther because it dosent work.
5. HOMOPHOBIA AND SEXISM- the sexism part i dont need to talk about, anyone with half a brain could see where it is presented. but the homophobia is kind of weird. while i normally forgive yaoi for having the idea of being gay not a thing, but this is where i draw the line. being gay is represented as such a terrrible thing. either youre a rapist or a slut or an overprotecive little shit. and you know why this angers me? well its because stuff like this make the gay community looke like a bunch of rapist and sluts. this is why we are jokes, monsters or disgusting. so if you want to defend this bhy saying that i should turn my brain off,well, i cant. i dont mind most yaois if they have the charcters have sex every chapter. its porn. but when stuff like this comes out and pepole defend it,then i cant handle it.
so, i acctualy do recomend this manga, so that you will see the horro of this. and hey, if you like it, tjat is just fine. but for me, i will stick ith doukysuie and ten count.