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Synonyms: Maajinare
Japanese: マージナル
English: Marginal
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 24
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 1985 to Oct 1987
Genres: Boys Love Boys Love, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Petit Flower
Authors: Hagio, Moto (Story & Art)


Score: 7.001 (scored by 360360 users)
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Ranked: #88062
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Popularity: #11199
Members: 1,467
Favorites: 7
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Volumes: /5
Chapters: /24


In the year 2999, only eleven cities still survive on Earth. The climate has changed drastically, and a biochemical apocalypse has made women extinct. For centuries, the male population of Earth has survived by depending on only one woman, called the Holy Mother, whose ova are harvested to create genetically engineered children. By now, any concept of a world in which women exist as ordinary people is long gone. Society has re-structured itself around all-male families, and gay relationships have become the norm.

At the beginning of Marginal, the Holy Mother is assassinated by a terrorist known as Grinja. The government in power doesn't want to start a mass panic, so it pretends that the Holy Mother has only shed her vessel, and that she will be miraculously "reborn" in the near future. The public, which is superstitious and devout, believes this easily. Only government officials know that behind the scenes, there is a frantic effort to create a new being with an XXY chromosome -- a male capable of giving birth. (This is a BL misrepresentation of an actual phenomenon known as Klinefelter's Syndrome.)

The manga's story revolves around one such boy -- Kira, the product of a genetic experiment, who becomes involved in a three-way relationship with Grinja, the aforementioned terrorist, and Ashijin, a young man who calls himself Kira's owner. A complex plot and flawless world-building make the story irresistible, and Kira's search for freedom is as symbolic as it is gripping.

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Aug 5, 2014
Preliminary (14/24 eps)
I've been on this website for years but this is my very first review, so please cope with me. I simply HAD TO write this review - while restlessly waiting for new chapters to be released.
I've never been a huge fan of old manga (expecially shounen-ai or the likes from '80s and early '90s) but this is the greatest exception.
The themes are strong: religion, doubt, acceptance of the different (the distrust between the desert tribes and the townsmen shows it all, also the fear of the dijins), of own-self and of phisical-psycological changes, and then (not less important) rape (which is regarded as "normal" until ...
Jul 18, 2015
Mixed Feelings
If I could use one word to summarize this series, it would be “potential”. Out of habit, when I come across a work with shounen-ai genre I assume it will follow the more usual pattern of centering to the main characters and their romantic problems, but I could not be more (happily) wrong about this case. It has built a big world and uses it to showcase the deeper plot, which is also its shortcoming as I feel this was not executed well in the span of just 24 chapters.

So, what is really the goal of this work? It tries to explore many ideas and ...

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