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Bronze no Tenshi  
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Description
From Storm in Heaven:

Russia, 1828. Natalia's family is fallen nobility, left poor by her father's chronic illness and mother's poor management. Her family's only chance at revival is her marriage to a wealthy noble. With her family's hopes riding on her future husband, what chance does a poor poet have at winning her heart...?
And the "poor poet" is no other than the famous Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin.

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Associated Names
ブロンズの天使
普希金的天使
Angel of Bronze
Bronze Angel
Tóc Nâu

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.28 (end) by Barcarolle (1051d ago)
v.7 c.27 by Barcarolle (1086d ago)
v.7 c.26 by Barcarolle (1105d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)
5 Volumes (Bunko-Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (82 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.36 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 13th 2012, 1:18am PST

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Year
2004

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Serialized In (magazine)
Flowers (Shogakukan)

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Saitou Chiho Never Fails to Disappoint   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by PansyWansyLinsy
March 22nd, 2013, 11:30pm
Warning: Rant ahead

First of all, let me preface this review by applauding the scanlation group Barcarolle for their dedication in seeing this project to the end. Although they had planned on quitting scanlation some time ago, they remained committed to completing this one project [among a few others].This review is not meant as an indictment of their work or their efforts.

So on to my review, and just where do I begin? Take this review as a criticism of Bronze no Tenshi and Saito Chiho in general. Iíve only read four or five of her works that have been scanlated and looking at her overall body of work, I can see thatís she very prolific - sometimes more so than many of her more popular contemporaries (though itís not really saying much). If she keeps getting work, then she must be doing something right. Perhaps thatís why she hasnít deviated from her formula of badly written romance.

Much like her other shoujos, Bronze no Tenshi is bland, empty, and superficial. Moreover, thereís no payoff at the end (as usual). Iím going to go out on a ledge and guess that thereís not much historical accuracy to this story (like another review mentioned), and from what Iíve gleaned from the internet, Saito Chiho uses the premise of the real affair as a starting point and builds on the rest.

Bronze no Tenshi starts off nicely enough when we are first introduced to a seemingly indifferent, but beautiful Natalia who immediately captures the heart of poet and court upstart, Alexander Pushkin. After a very fervent courtship on the part of Pushkin, Natalia eventually relents and marries the handsome poet. Unfortunately for him, Natalia doesnít seem to hold Pushkin in the same regard as he holds for her, and the introductoin of the handsome soldier George DíAnthes is a sign of worse to come. Iím sure you can see whatís coming next. The rest of the story is spent building on the growing attraction between Natalia and DíAnthes while court politics and financial ruin continue to plague Pushkin. Without spoiling much else, letís say things build to a very explosive climax. I would like to say that the story ends nicely and that we get some type of closure or that you feel any type of sympathy for what happens to any of our characters.

Unfortunately none of that holds true by the time you get to the end. For one, you find it hard to like the female heroine, much less sympathize with her plight. Thereís no depth to her at all; she lacks passion, wit, and humor. History paints Natalia Pushkin as a figure so charming and charismatic that she even captured the attention of the tsar, but youíd be hard-pressed to see any of that here. Although I preferred DíAnthes to Pushkin, you couldnít help but feel for the poor sap because despite his misfortunes, he was a dedicated lover to Natalia.

Thereís also some tragedy written in here, and though Saito Chiho conveniently eliminates one problem, she doesnít do much to tie up other loose ends. She didnít give anyone a happy ending with this manga, and you get the sense that she doesnít like writing happy endings because sheís attempting to remove herself from the pack of romance writers by taking the road less traveled and leaving things more or less open-ended. If she were a skillful enough manga-ka to create a story that was compelling enough to warrant an open ending, I wouldnít be complaining, but sheís not.

First time Saito Chiho readers might like this, but if youíve read one of them, youíve read them all. Amount of people Iíd recommend this manga to: 0. I apologize for the long review, but if youíve taken the time to read this, then youíll thank me for having saved you the time of actually venturing towards anything written by Saito Chiho.

End rant/review/

... Last updated on March 22nd, 2013, 11:34pm
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Rating: N/A
by GoldenApple
August 22nd, 2012, 5:46pm
I suppose I'm the only one enjoying the affair of Natalia and d'Anthes.

At the first few volume, things between Natalia and Pushkin don't strike me and I'm not much convinced it to be the main focus. Later on it's true that she doesn't love him, and falls for another man instead. To be honest, I think her feelings for d'Anthes are really true to life. I suppose if Pushkin was portrayed more true to reality, readers wouldn't hate Natalia's actions that much.

I'm not saying betrayal to one's spouse is a good thing, yet sometimes it's hard to fight your feelings. Not to mentioned this is the first time Natalia falls in love, so she is pretty much inexperienced but passionate. Imagine yourself have been making love with a man for years, bearing his children and all, but you still don't understand love. How does that sound to you?

Natalia is weak, that's true. That's even truer nowadays when feminism is like all over the place. That wasn't the case in her time though. As I consider Natalia's timid character and education, I think it's understandable. At first I thought she was a plain maid with beauty and no brain, but after seeing her sister remark for the first time that Natalia would react strongly toward something (d'Anthes, to be exact), I start to feel her character more real. Her affair with d'Anthes, sadly to some people, is the factor to help her grow.

That's all I got to say. In history neither Pushkin nor d'Anthes was that charming, and yet the woman in between was the one to blame.
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The main heroine   
Rating: N/A
by ahgalz
December 24th, 2011, 8:49pm
I really despise Natalie. Seriously. I thought she finally found her Mr Right, Pushkin. Although Pushkin is overprotective of her, he loved her with all his might, and always consider her. But who would have thought that Natalie still haven't realized love until she was unconsciously fall in love with that blonde hair guy, Baron D'Anthes. Or whatever it's called. It's really pissed me off. Poor two sisters, one was in love with Pushkin, another was in love with Baron. Damn, serious? I would not recommend this, though.
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Good   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Saons
December 23rd, 2011, 12:23am
Of Saito Chiho's work, this is one of the stronger ones. It's a lot more "life-like"--the people in it aren't perfect, they make mistakes, and make choices they later regret and well, in some ways, learn from. There are some cliches, there always are. The beautiful main protagonist that attracts all the men's attention, etc. But at least here it seems more like a burden than a gift. Though, I still feel her personality's a bit two dimensional.
It's not a perfect manga, but I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than some of the author's other works. It's historic, dramatic, romantic, and almost like a slice of life.

... Last updated on December 23rd, 2011, 12:46am
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A Mistake   
Rating: N/A
by lyransi
October 6th, 2011, 5:21am
The summary led me to assume that the majority of the series would focus on Natalia's romance with Pushkin. Unfortunately that does not appear to be the case as it's rather the story of a married woman's affair with another man. I was a bit disappointed since I was unaware that she was not romantically interested in Pushkin until she mentioned it a few children later, despite being the one to choose to marry Pushkin in the first place. By the time it became apparent she was falling in love with another younger man, I couldn't read any further. I skipped to the final volume to confirm that the affair is indeed the focal point of the romance and ended up despising Natalia. It's frustrating to see her actions and decisions and I shed numerous tears for Pushkin in the final volume as a result. If I'd known this would be a story involving prolonged adultery, I would not have picked it up.
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Natalie   
Rating: N/A
by twelveball
August 26th, 2011, 5:52am
I agree with akari mizunashi. Natalia was out of all the characters least likeable. I hated her for what she did to poor Pushkin! :-( I don't like her for her actions, her words, or her feelings. I really liked her sisters better and pitied them. I just couldn't finish the story...
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Rating: N/A
by Meepyish
May 25th, 2011, 5:10am
This was an absolutely excellent manga. Excellent plot (strong historical accuracy bonus!), excellent art, excellent characterization, and it's excellent in every other thing you could possibly use to rate a manga.

However, I became so completely disgusted and fed up with some characters' actions by the last volume that I will never finish this series. Readers who are used to reading emotionally straight-laced shoujo series, be forewarned - Bronze no Tenshi might be a bit too much for you.
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Bronze no Tenshi   
Rating: N/A
by akari_mizunashi
September 28th, 2009, 7:53pm
Despite how much Bronze no Tenshi likes to use historical events and people, it's probably best to enter it with no knowledge of Pushkin, the Decembrists, or anything to do with Russian history at all. Believe me, it will make everything far more believable. Yes, much of the history Saito uses is fairly accurate, and it is sort of nice to see a fictional character reading from a book you've read and loved before, but so much is off with Pushkin himself that he doesn't have much in common with the famous poet other than his name. For one thing, Pushkin wasn't a strikingly beautiful, ambiguously brown bishounen. He was actually pretty ugly. That alone was enough to throw me, but it won't be a problem for you as long as you don't type his name into Google Images before reading.

Bishoun-ifying aside, Bronze no Tenshi is period romance at its finest and most luxurious. As always, Saito's artwork is beyond gorgeous; she could draw Pokemon and it would be a masterpiece. She's also very good at portraying all the sexy-chaste moments a good period romance needs. The only thing Saito isn't very good at is creating likeable female leads, and I liked Natalia the least of all. Her "ugly sisters" are much more sympathetic and interesting. I've never come across a main character with such a complete lack of personality as this Natalia. But I've also never come across a main character drawn so beautifully. So it evens out.

... Last updated on November 12th, 2009, 10:00pm
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