First, I have to say that for me this manga ended in chapter 6. I think it was quite a success so they are going to lengthen it, but I don't really think new content can improve a plot that was already closed and tied up.
When I started reading Escape Journey I didn't think it would be different from other Ogeretsu Tanaka's mangas, but gradually the plot becames more interesting and deep, and you can start to appreciate the humanity and realism of the characters. They each have their own problems and personalities, but you discover these things in a sutile way. Nothing big happens, but you end up knowing a lot about the characters. What has also to be said, they have the stereotypical personalities though. (Characters 7/10)
The plot is quite simple but its development is smooth and its ups and downs come at the right time. It has really really touching and overwhelming moments but also heartbreaking and agressive scenes. I hated though that some of the things that made progress the plot and stimulated the character development were the most recursive excuses in BL mangas. Most of this moments were predictable, but some others were not and I was facinated by a couple of minutes looking at the same page because of the impact of the scene. (Story 6/10)
About the art, I can only say WOW. I absolutely love the way Ogeretsu tanaka draws her stories. Like her other mangas, the lines are clean, the characters are cute and the objects are detailed, but this manga has something more. The scenarios, clothes and objects are drawn really minuciously. There are some scenes that are freaking OUTSTANDING, you'll really come upon them if you read Escape Journey. Also the facial expressions are great and the tempo of the frames is perfect! It is really easy to read because of these aspects. (Art 10/10)
As an overrall, I have to say that I loved reading this manga and that I found something else that other mangas by Ogeretsu Tanaka lacked. It was cute, funny sometimes and reaaally touching although it has nothing really remarkable or grotesque that attracts attention. I really think it should have ended at the first volume (first 6 chapters) though. If I had to read one manga from sensei it would probably be this one! :D read more