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1st story - Concrete Garden Angels exist and Kashii Kiyoharu, grandson of the man who "created" the angel, has been hired to befriend him. His name is Toki. Kashii soon finds out why the scientists need him around. Toki is lonely, but no one wants to get near him unless it's necessary since he eats human flesh. What has Kashii gotten himself into?
2nd story - Clock Down Everyone expects Tokiwo to go to a good university. However Tokiwo doesn't want to in order to "play it safe". One night there was suddenly an earthquake. The stone he was looking at started to glow and out of his floor comes someone who looks exactly like his childhood friend Jiu. Well there is a difference. This "Jiu" is dressed for combat and has a very large weapon. Just what does the stone have to do with "Jiu" and who gave Tokiwo the stone?
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The story is great when you already have some understanding about science. So to a Discovery-geek like me, I didn't have hard time trying to understand it, a bit... But all in all, despite the confusion in the second story, I'd totally recommend this.
i hate time/world travel
cos it made my head hurt. im not good in thinking. so the second story does not appeal to me much, but the gist is waiting and longing for your destined one am i right? the first story is the best. i will not think how the angels reproduced, but the moral question put forth is intriguing.
This is one of the few mangas that I've bothered going back and re-reading (though just the first story. The second story is a bit too plot-thick and un-amazing). It makes you question right n wrong, and the characters are likable. Also, I usually dislike angel-centric stories, but this one doesn't bother me. Some may end up finding it too angsty or ridiculous, but give it a shot at least!
I selfishly want a sequel, though it's probably best left as this oneshot. :/
i liked the first one better
the first story was better for me. it had an original interesting and somewhat convenient ending but still it worked
the second story however was a little bit more complicated but still you gotta appreciate the mangaka's tenacity in creating a story that involves parallel universe and time , truthfully it blew my mind.
they both involved philosophy to some extent and aside for the shonen-ai elements which i really appreciate it was also rather intellectual. the only thing i would have liked changed was a better drawings but hey i still gave it a ten, that just how good it is
... Last updated on September 28th, 2008, 8:23pm
Read it too many times.
I either love or hate this mangaka's work. Her stories are always unconventional and inventive -- never what one would expect, but always unique and intriguing. Her work can be out-of-this-world-amazing, strangely addictive, just plain weird, and gross. Concrete Garden is all of those. She gives us just enough to get hooked on the story -- visually and through subtle conversation -- then she leaves the rest up to our over-active imaginations. However, some people may not like being forced to figure out the hidden meanings -- even if we have, do we really understand it the way the mangaka meant it? ...(ugh) too complicated.
Fantastic ideas, but very confusing
The art in this manga is beautiful and evocative, and the plots of these two stories were fascinating and inventive. However, I found both stories to be very confusing at crucial times. There are sections where the narrative explains the sci-fi parts of the plot, but the explanations are confusing which might be partly a translation issue. The first story wasn't as difficult as the second. I've read about the multi-verse and many worlds theories, but I found the explanation of what happened to the various characters to be overlong and not very enlightening. Sometimes I couldn't figure out who the characters were when they had counterparts in the other world. I'm still not sure if there were 2 or 3 sets of Tokiwos and Jius. I'll probably try to read it again and see if I get more out of it a second time.
I love this mangakas work it's just always great and am quite fond of the art. The story is a bit complicated in both sides but still worth a read, always leaving you wondering.....if things were really like that what would the world be like? My favorite was the first angel story so cool and i really loved that twist int he ending.
Oh god I love this, so mysterious and original! The art and story were remarkable, nothing at all like your usual BL. Although, the uke in both stories was still very effeminate, it somehow fit very nicely what with the gender bender theme, not to mention the gender bender was done tastefully and not shamelessly as well. It just hit me so intriguingly that I read the two stories over and over again. Don't even get me started on the sci-fi omg love.... ;o; /nerd
An excellent manga
The science-fiction and theory and ideas presented are really interesting.
If this had been shounen or even seinen or shoujo, I bet there'd be even more readers by now.
It's rare to come across yaoi and/or shounen ai manga that's also science fiction. The mangaka has some great ideas and they're very entertaining to read about. Check this out!