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From Storm in Heaven: Fraw and Kio are angels, and it's their duty to protect the passage of souls to Heaven. When the two were growing up, Kio always looked after Fraw. However, their roles are suddenly reversed when Fraw is promoted to one of the highest ranking classes of angel, and Fraw takes it upon himself to protect Kio. Can Fraw keep his new position a secret while the two battle against the Manifis, evil spirits that feed on humanity...?
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For a long-running series this one is quite enjoyable I must say. It does contain feelings between males but doesn't focus on the romance department, thus could allow room for a very intriguing setting and storyline, with strong character developments and relatively interesting plot, which is quite a nice change from the BL mangas I usually read. So though it's shounen-ai-ish, I wouldn't put it in the same category as BL - anyone could take a liking to the series regardless of whether they like shounen-ai or not, because of all the reasons I mentioned above. And the art is also good too, I love the way the mangaka drew those animal-celestial beasts so much~
Lovely artwork, and does a great job of juggling a whole cast of characters who manage to remain quite distinctive from one another! No actual romance though; it's more deep friendship and loyalty themes.
Satisfies the bish-angel corner of the heart
This is a very emotive series about happy, strong, affectionate, and tender-hearted bishie angels, who go about saving humans from demonic creatures. There's quite a lot of good action and battle scenes, and their angel wings are BEAUTIFUL.
They live in the angel world with their own society, only visiting earth to carry out their duties, and even though they have apparent M/F genders, they have zero sexuality (they're born from flowers). So calling this a shounen-ai is misleading, as there's no true romance/sex. But it has bromance in spades.
A great read if you want something that's got lots of feel-good, but isn't just fluffiness.
This work could have gone further, but at the same time the ending didn't feel rushed. You get out of it pretty much what you expect from the genre combination of shojo and action. It's typical, yes, but to me that that isn't per se a bad thing in this case.
I loved the feelings in this manga, they were so pure and powerful. The characters were amazing in so many ways and the story was entertaining. What I loved most about this manga was how well the character's feelings were expressed. Nothing physical happened but that didn't make any difference to me. The love was there and I could feel it and I loved it. The art is beautiful. I strongly recommend reading this. Also another good manga by this author is g defend which is also good though I felt had less feeling and much more physical intimacy. Also jinjuu houretsuden which is more like this story in that the feelings are what is focused on instead of anything physical. While I enjoyed/enjoy all these stories Asterisk and Jinjuu houresuden the two that i enjoy the most because (and i'm sorry i'm repeating myself but at the moment I can't think of another way to express what I mean) I can really feel the emotions and the affection/love that the characters have for each other. Asterisk is one of the best and most enjoyable stories I have ever read. It is a perfect story with great characters and beautiful art.
... Last updated on August 1st, 2014, 12:00am
I don't think this is dull at all- on the contrary, it has a nice bit of action. Also, the art is gorgeous, the whole fantasy aspect is great, and the characters are so strong and sweet and amazing. I really love this! The plot is really interesting, too, I'm looking forward to seeing how this pans out. Oh, and the little celestial beasts are all drawn really adorably. Silk and Milk (the cats) are just so cute! The shonen-ai is very light, and more like... overly clingy friendship, haha, but the romance is still pretty sweet, and it's nice seeing how Kio and Fraw rely on each other. Read this, I totally recommend it
I just love it.
I don't know why, but I think this is one of my favorite mangas. At first it seemed kind of dull, I admit it, but the more chapter you read the more you get tangled up in the story. Is such a shame that a chapter gets translated like once a year. Here in my country, Italy, it is not being published so my only hope is that the group that has this project would be kind enough to translate a chapter once a month, but I know I'm pretending too much >3< Anyway, I totally raccomand it. C:
... Last updated on March 19th, 2014, 12:28pm
Sort of dull
So far the plot isn't really captivating, and there doesn't seem to be much promise of a better one in the future. Since the series ends at 8 volumes, it's doubtful whether Asterisk will ever become something worth reading.
The characters are nicely drawn, and their animal familiars are cute beyond belief ; but good art alone isn't sufficient to carry a story.
The shounen-ai is pretty light - and while that's a relief to someone like me who isn't into anything hardcore, the relationships aren't interesting or original enough for me to bother continuing with the manga for the sake of that alone.
But the most significant negative point for me is Fraw's insane devotion to Kio; it often gets more than a little bit annoying.
If fantasy + soft BL is to your liking, I recommend this mangaka's previously published work Jinjuu Houretsuden over Asterisk.
... Last updated on April 27th, 2011, 8:11am
I'm not really sure this one is classified as "Shounen Ai" as Kio and Fraw seem more like BFFs than future romantic partners even if Fraw is somewhat clingy. The art is pretty, but the plot can get a bit repetitive at times.
I love absolute devotion. Fraw *adores* Kio. It's so unhealthy and yet.... This is a sugar-fest of a story with a good angsty-mysterious plot to support it. I love when the protagonists get loved on so much by everyone around him by being his cluelessly virtuous, kind self.