This manga was mind-blowing for me. The first two stories were wonderful. Rakuda Tsukai to Ouji no Yoru (the first story) danced through the themes of romance and comedy, as well as explored deeper concepts such as personal duty and belonging, such that the reader is left with this lovely and rich tale of love. Moreover, the characters, with their realistic personalities and innocent approach to love, were delightful.
As for the Rakuda Tsukai ga Kieta Asa (second story), the author provides a different take on love, one which is entwined with sombre and sad ideas, like the consequences of broken homes, such that
a really rich, intriguing story is formed.
What really made this manga for me, though, were the stories which followed the initial two. These shocking (at least for me) psychological stories about twisted relationships and broken people just blew me away. Despite being so short, enough history and character depth was given so that readers could really understand their actions and why they became who they were. This in turn caused these themes within these stories to be presented more realistically, and thus, with greater intensity.
Lastly, I loved the style of art within this manga, and when teamed with narration such as that of the first story, I found the manga to be enchanting.
Overall, I believe this author is pretty amazing for being able to be so versatile in what stories they can tell. Furthermore, they are a really good story teller, due to how coherently they constructed their characters and how well the stories were paced. The artwork was also beautiful, as was many of the ideas explored (even the sick, twisted ones). Overall, I enjoyed and was very impressed by this manga. It was very good (8/10) :)
Mod Note: This review was initially posted for the one-shot, Ibitsu na Kakera, and was subsequently merged into Rakuda Tsukai to Ouji no Yoru.
Story and Character (7/10 & 6/10): When I saw this manga labeled as psychological and tragedy on mangafox, I thought how bad can it be? After all, it was written by Ogawa Chise who churned out two of the cutest yaoi manga - Gosan no Heart and Kono Ore... It was not too psychologically disturbing, but it shocked me nonetheless. Anyways, the story as a whole has been done before, but it has a pretty interesting and disturbing twist. The characters were
a bit 2D, but for a one shot, Ogawa-sensei did a pretty good job of fleshing them out.
Art (8/10): I love Ogawa-sensei's art, and the art in this manga is no exception. Beautifully drawn - I expected her art to clash with the story line (since I only read her fluff), but it goes really well and actually accentuates the depravity of characters.
Enjoyment and Overall (7/10): I have a thing for twisted and sad manga, so even if it wasn't what I was expecting, I still loved it. If you're looking for fluff, steer clear. If you're looking for an interesting and dark short manga... pick this one up.
Mod Note: This review was initially posted for the one-shot, Kusatta Rasen, and was subsequently merged into Rakuda Tsukai to Ouji no Yoru.
the cover didn't explain much, nor did the summary so i ventured on a mystery read. this oneshot is very heavy with the dark and psychological side and progresses more to that as the story goes on. the characters are not lovable, or even likable at all. what i felt while reading this was pity, though that's not exclusive to everyone. the dark cloud aside, art is wonderful and is very fitting to the story's atmosphere.