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Ayako  
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Description
The year is 1949. Crushed by the Allied Powers, occupied by General MacArthur’s armies, Japan has been experiencing massive change. Agricultural reform is dissolving large estates and redistributing plots to tenant farmers—terrible news, if you’re landowners like the archconservative Tenge family. For patriarch Sakuemon, the chagrin of one of his sons coming home alive from a P.O.W. camp instead of having died for the Emperor is topped only by the revelation that another of his is consorting with “the reds.” What solace does he have but his youngest Ayako, apple of his eye, at once daughter and granddaughter?

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
奇子

Groups Scanlating
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Latest Release(s)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (1973, Complete)
3 Volumes (1981, Tezuka Daizenshuu)
2 Volumes (1985, Reprint)
2 Volumes (1989, Aizouban)
2 Volumes (1996, Bunko)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (42 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.52 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 28th 2015, 12:06pm PST


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Artist(s)

Year
1972

Original Publisher
Daitosha (1973, 1985)
Kadokawa Shoten (1989, 1996)
Kodansha (1981)

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Vertical (1 Volume - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1162 increased(+62)
Monthly Pos #2044 increased(+315)
3 Month Pos #2739 increased(+517)
6 Month Pos #4108 increased(+1053)

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On 23 reading lists
On 119 wish lists
On 78 completed lists
On 1 unfinished lists
On 48 custom lists

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Interesting ideas, but...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by calstine
March 18th, 2015, 8:35am
...the over-abundance of poetic justice prevents it from becoming truly memorable. I'm okay with contrived tales of "karmic retribution" a la Kisshou Tennyo, wherein the heroine is rewarded with vengeance as a result of her bravery, sacrifice, wit and manipulation, but women like Ayako who're granted justice just by sitting around looking pretty and somehow instilling within half the men who meet her a desire to either have sex with her or protect her at the risk of their own lives just annoy me. It doesn't make for an interesting, likeable or sympathetic protagonist at all.

That said, the side stories are intriguing. The plot would probably have been much more engaging if it'd followed Jiro and his ascent from a disgraced spy to a mafia boss, with a separate thread detailing Ayako's quest for revenge (and she should actually have had a quest for revenge, come to that; everything shouldn't have just magically fallen into her lap while she did nothing but offer her body to several men in quick succession). The author's inexplicable desire to link practically everything that happened in the series to Ayako (sometimes throwing all logic to the winds) caused several interesting plot threads to go nowhere. Not to mention that the way Ayako was kept alive by a clan full of ruthless men who'd silenced - in one way or another - countless women before her was just nonsensical.

And of course, too many lust-driven beastly men and too many "pure" women exploited by said men. I understand that this is a story meant to explore the twisted patriarchy of traditionalist Japan, but the fact that there wasn't a single likeable main male character or even one scheming, nasty woman was unsuited to a story attempting a realistic portrayal of the darkness of the human soul.


This comment might seem too harsh (especially compared to my rating), but the criticism reflects my disappointment at all the unrealised potential. A thriller-in-the-making turning into an unfulfilling revenge fantasy is quite the waste, imo.

... Last updated on March 18th, 2015, 6:14pm
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