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Ryousuke Akiba calls himself ES, a code name taken from a mysterious scientific experiment. He possesses strange mental powers: he can enter people's minds, discover their darkest secrets, even rearrange their memories. Ryousuke is an enigmatic and dangerous creation, but is he the only one?
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Not in it's subject matter or characterization, but in judging it.
ES is a introspective thriller on the nature of humans and despite its great care in sculpturing the characters, none of their questions seem to be answered satisfyingly as they are killed before they ever gain anything. The abrupt demise of the characters before their salvation is rather startling considering how close they were to a satisfying conclusion.
Yet their deaths don't add any characterizations to the remaining, instead one feels cheated by the author who could have done more with the plot. I'm not advocating for a necessary good end without deaths however I'm sad that characters that were built so strongly got discarded so haphazardly in a ending that could have been so much more.
... Last updated on January 3rd, 2010, 5:07pm
Eternal Sabbath was a good manga. I liked the plot and the idea, but many things could have been improved. For one, I absolutely despised Mine Kujyou and Sakkaki. Both of them are extremely rash and idiotic in their approach to things. While Mine is SUPPOSED to be very analytical and observant; in truth, she never thinks through any of her actions and causes a lot of unnecessary consequences and deaths. Like she has said herself, she "really cannot do anything right", and often exacerbates a situation. While her intentions are good, she really needs to think through her actions and their ramifications. She is also very ugly. I do not know why the mangaka gave her this ugly, middle age hair cut. I believe the manga would have been better if there had been a stronger female character and the approach to resolve the conflict was smarter. There was none of the "outsmarting" the enemy but just pure ESP and violence used to "win" a battle. All in all, it was a good manga but definitely nothing stellar.
... Last updated on February 28th, 2009, 5:38pm
I've been meaning to read this for a long time now. and I finally did. I want to share my feelings about it to everyone, now that I finished. the feeling of sadness, warmth, complexity, humanity.. it is able to open so many eyes it should be read by anyone. even if it is for the sole reason of not wanting to live in ignorance. as soon as I can, I'm going to re-read it. and take my time. because once wasn't nearly enough. to understand everything the author tried to convey to us, readers. I am really happy that I decided to read it. even if I was a little rude to people closest to me meanwhile and ignored them more or less. and still do, just for the sake of writing this comment.. make yourself a real favor and read it.
This is the best seinen manga I've read. Souryo Fuyumi's works are very original and creative. I don't know what else I can say about this except that it's very, very good. Everything flows nicely, especially the art, which has a very clean quality about it and is also proportionally realistic.
I have to disagree with some comments about how this manga leaves questions unanswered. I haven't thought about it that way. Just take in what you are given. I feel that it answers a lot of questions, and it shows how the environment and social interaction affects our upbringing.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the ending. I knew
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Akiba was going to die, but I didn't know she was going to be pregnant with his child.
The ending was a bit rushed, it seemed, and I really do wish it would've ended happily for Akiba and Mine, but oh well.
Oh and by no means was this manga "boring crap". It's a work of art...every page, every dialogue.
... Last updated on July 16th, 2010, 7:39am
nice but the ending...
if you like gore,psychological thriller twisted human engineered kinda stories.then i recommend this manga. eternal sabbath explores the selfishness of immortality,playing god etc and the right to exist no matter how different you are. and the art is really good,the plot is amazing but the ending..the ending is good actually but sad... nonetheless a good read if you're into deep plots.
She drew Mars? She certainly has talent. Her artwork has improved A LOT, and after I read this, I am looking forward to her future works (Mars is another story =|) Those of you who like sci-fi and psychology would definitely enjoy this. The story is solid enough and all or at least most of the loose ends are tied up at the end. Plus, I love how the romance was incoperated into the story without making it suck (ie, just the right amount of romance). One thing that I didn't like was the whole hypnosis thing. it's a last resort kind of thing but... ever heard of 'hypnotic suggestion"? ~~~Yeah. Anyway that was my only pet peeve. Overall, this was a very good sci-fi psychological thriller.
Stunning, brilliant, moving...
This is a truly intelligent, entertaining and engrossing manga about the human mind, and about what makes it function the way it does. The plot of the ES gene is brilliant in and of itself, but what really makes this manga memorable is that it explores the depths of human consciousness. Even the minor characters are explored fully and in amazingly unique ways. The poetic imagination of Souryo Fuyumi gives this manga a special intensity.
One of the best seinen stories out there. Check it out!
Definitely Worth Reading
Another one that definitely stands out from many of the other manga out there. The story, art, and depth make this one worth reading regardless of which genre you prefer.
First of all, if you're not used to reading profound psychological works, don't read this. Read some other things first to get some experience under your belt. If you don't understand what a gem this manga is (whether or not you love it), then it's worth is lost on you, and you should read it later.
This manga breeches on basically everything. It leaves no stone unturned, which is a daring task for anyone. It questions humanity, "what is a human?" and the ability the environment has on the individual, "what is the relationship between society and the individual" among numerous other things. Another thing is that there are no gaps in this manga. It may seem very "thriller-like," but it is far deeper than that. It is not a romance, nor is it romantic. In fact, it would not be a stretch to say that this manga mocks the romantic view of life. The characterization is just wonderful, and the struggles the characters go through unearth startling, possibly valid conclusions about the meaning of life and humanity.
Note: This manga is highly disturbing as well. If you are completely grounded in your own views, don't bother wasting your time even trying this–– you won't understand it. This manga requires a looser mind to really understand even half of what "really" goes on in it. It goes against the basis of religion, the overarching meaning of life, and even the idea of a natal conscience.
That said, if you feel like you can handle it, read it. I do not exaggerate the amount of depth inside it, nor the requirements to truly understand it.
many lost opportunities
This was like a love/hate relationship for me. Half the time I was bored with all the rumination of "existence" (well, as shallow a consideration as the plot of a manga can get anyway). Character development was weak, especially for those other than Kujou and Akiba. Even the antagonist got very little exposure, and it seems the philosophical/psychological exploration with the whole ES thing was pretty weak in interpretation as well as fabrication. However, what interested me was the more humane existence Akiba had with his "foster" family(ies), but that was overtaken by the poorly executed rivalry with Izaku which seemed hurried and sloppy. The relationship between Kujou and Akiba also deserved more attention than it got. But of course, both Akiba's relationship with his foster family(ies) and that with Kujou were spoiled by what Izaku's existence. In short, while the major characters had the potential to develop--and the story turned out to be touching in certain parts--the constant attention given to underdeveloped characters and shortchanged execution of events detracted from development of the main cast and made the whole thing an underwhelming read. I wanted to see more of Akiba with his family and Akiba with Kujou, but in the end both were underplayed. A pity.