Ellios, fiancée of the powerful man of the city, Samos, ran away to Athens with the true love, Frontis. Therefore, the powerful man of Samos, Yadmon, brought his soldiers to Athens to kill Ellios and Frontis and takes Aesop, the son of Ellios and Frontis, for their slave
I was quite surprised when I saw that the overall score of Aisopos was of only a little above 7,5.
Aisopos is a story of love. Not the kind of romance that we are used to; love in a more general sense, with its best and worst sides. Of course, this is not a romance manga; it's full of adventures; but everything that happens can be traced back to love.
Amidst the adventure, Aisopos' strong point however is the storytelling: Aesop hears stories that will change his way of thinking, and eventually makes up his own. These stories are simple, but full of symbolic for the
story. It also gives a feel of a time where stories were passed on orally.
Aisopos is also full of historical references that are very interesting.
The art accompanies this idea wonderfully well, mixing the manwha-webtoon style with Ancient Greek style.
Finally, the characters are very interesting: who is good, who is bad, who is dangerous, who holds the power? Each time you think you have an answer to these questions, you might soon realise that you got it wrong. The characters are quite complex, which gives a more realistic feel.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. It was sometimes quite heavy, and drew out some tears out of me.
I think that Aisopos is quite unique, so if you want to try something different, I definitely recommend it.
"There was a horse feeding on grass, then, suddenly a deer came and razed the grass.
The horse got angry and it wanted to catch the deer, so it asked someone passing by for help. The man willingly agreed and said:
- I'll go find a spear. Would you let me put a bit in your mouth and ride on you? If you let me do that, I'll find and kill the deer.
Without hesitation the horse said yes.
Riding on the horseback, the man succeeded in hunting the deer.
You know what? After that the horse had to give the man a ride on his back forever"
A very rich
story in Ancient Greece featuring true historical characters and events, full of wise tales.
Aesop is a famous greek fabulist, although it's not so sure the he really existed. The author here takes on part of his fables but add his own thoughts, creating a rich plot with very well-crafted characters as the story progress, all with their own emotions and motivations.
The art creates a great mix of the manhwa style with greek black-figure pottery, also with great coloring to set the atmosphere making beautiful scenes.
Some times the story seems softened, but it's also, as it's greek influences, very tragic. Every arc have a tale behind it, but sometimes you will miss who's the wolf, who's the fox, and who's the lion, and some characters may not be as smart, or as dumb, or as good, or as bad, as they look.