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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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Pretty good, but...
... weak in many areas. Some deaths were entirely superfluous and purely drama for drama's sake, like
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Yuri's and Akiba's. Seriously, such cheap, pointless deaths.
And the overall plot is questionable, too: Throughout the story, everyone knows the location of the antagonist, and so he would be trivial to kill; but for some contrived story reasons, our protagonists don't do it, allowing the antagonist to claim more innocent lives. In other words, it's Batman vs. the Joker all over again: Batman only seems heroic because we forget how many people the Joker killed, which Batman could have easily prevented.
Similarly, the brainwashing power isn't used remotely properly. The protagonists constantly mention that the antagonist could conquer or destroy the world (and he definitely could!), but in the story, the worst he does is cause a tiny uprising.
(If he actually wanted to "destroy" the world, he could simply take an airplane to Russia or the U.S., take over the government, and start a nuclear war. Game over in less than 24 hours.)
... Last updated on January 22nd, 2015, 5:30am
Such a sad end to a good story!
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I'm tired of reading manga's with the genre "tragedy"! and this is the fourth consecutive manga Ive read with that genre... I feel so sad with the end! OMG WHYYY? (>__<)
if u dont like sad endings dont read this manga! but if u dont mind a bittersweet (mostly bitter) ending then go ahead and read this... It wuz pretty engaging...
Now m gonna read some shoujo fluff to make me feel good... :I
one of the best mangas ever?
I fully agree with anyone who said the ending seems rushed and sloppy. I'd expect it to be at least 3 more volumes longer to explore more the relationship of Ikazu's with others besides Yuri. The battle between Ikazu and Shuro was made to be unnecessary to be honest. It should have been more epic with more psychology involved. However, I have to give credit where credit is due. It is by far, one of the most impressive mangas I have ever read. Anyone noticed that the art looks like Kamio Youko's in later stages (towards the end of Hana Yori Dango or Cat Street)?
I like the way everything is connected. The first plot about the high school murderer was not just a random story to make us understand more about Akiba's power, but is in fact related to the story. And this series does not focus on investigation: everyone knows who their enemies are, and where they are. But they don't simply fight , many things happen as well. That's what i like about this series. However, the last volume wasn't too good, we don't understand how was Kujou's "last secret" is related to the stories, and how it affects her. But it was okay.
liked it but...
i have two complaints about this manga: 1- i felt that the last volume was weak it was a bit rushed and the author should have atleast made it a bit more emotional...but i liked the ending. 2- the romance...i dont know how to say this but i feel like the mangaka failed at the romance, i mean, i was able to see that they love eachother and all but i felt that some scenes(like the sex scene for example) were misplaced...
other than that, i liked this manga i love the premise; two people born with the same abilities and same genes, but the environments were different. this had very strong implications about the effect of the environment one is raised in, and the importance of "love". there were many deep messages in this manga, and it explored many issues without neglecting any characters or leaving any plot holes. this manga has few flaws but i respect the mangaka's ability to not leave any questions unanswered
There is something about this manga...
For some reason, despite my love for psychological mangas, I just couldn't fully sympathize and love the characters. I don't mean I hate them, I do like them and I do feel bad for them in the end... but I felt satisfied as well. I have no idea why, but I vented my rl frustration on the manga, and well... realized satisfaction with their misfortune ><...
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I mean, I literally sighed in relief when Kujou pushed Shuro and called him monster. Even though I feel bad for Shuro's death, and feel pity for Azaku, but I didn't want them to revive that much. I like them, alot, but for some reason I don't feel the same love I have for alot of other characters. From other manga I mean.
That's probably issue on my side, so ignoring that for now. The manga isn't bad, not bad at all. Although a bit awkward here and there, perhaps a bit rushed, but the plot was interesting. And although this might have been the reason for all my problems when reading the manga, I liked how real they portrait the dark side of humans.
In short, it's a great manga. Worth the read definitely. However... there's just something that keeps me from separating it from the rest. Basically, it's a great manga and an average manga at the same time. I have no idea if that is just an extension to my personal problems though.
... Last updated on February 8th, 2012, 5:11pm
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.
A little too dialogue heavy
But other than that, exquisite. I remember that one flaw deterred me from reading it a year or two ago, but I've matured a bit and read it in two sessions. This is a great series, though I'd rather some things weren't just suddenly brought up but rather alluded to in the previous chapters such as the
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degeneration and attempted rape/self-defensive murder
. At first it seemed too small scale but later it turned out for the best.
The plot is amazing. I thought "wow, here goes Souryo-sensei again." I have always had a thing for psychological stuff, so this was really interesting from start to finish. I really loved the scientific-babbles that Mine says whenever she's lost in herself. Heh. However, I really felt like it was rushed somehow. I was hoping it would run for another 100 chapters before it ends... TO BE HONEST! I just had dreams about it... It kept haunting me even in my dreams...THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE! From the moment I slept, I even said to myself, "haha, I wouldn't mind having nightmares about this story..." and what do you know, I dreamt about it and even woke up in the middle of the night and was still thinking about it. It left that much of an impression that even as I woke up this morning, I was still thinking of it and thought it was best to write down what the ideas were.
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I was really sad about that ending... I was hoping Shuro and Mine were to have a happy ending too... But...life is cruel for the both of them, it would seem. But I thought, "what would happen to the child now? Will it have ES powers just like he did?" In my dreams and my thoughts, if Mine had a son she would most likely name it after Shuro's "Ryousuke." If it was female, she'd name her "Yuri," as that was one of the little girls she's come to be close with in the story, and she would most likely want for her to live on and be her daughter since she might have been guilty she wasn't able to save her. On the other part... what if Tomoya's mother was pregnant too? (Since she was raped by Izaku in Shuro's body) You all probably never thought about it...but that was one of the ideas that kept me haunting me in my sleep last night. If so, there's a possibility the child might have an ES power too. And for the woman, being traumatized with the death of her husband, or she might suddenly wonder she was pregnant if her husband (theoretically) haven't been touching her - and it will be the cause of how the new generation ES-child will grow up. If Mine's child were to have a happy life, Izaku's (Shuro's body) spawn might have a rocky childhood and would lead to yet ANOTHER ES problem for Sakaki and Mine. Not to mention if she happens to see the child and it might look exactly like Izaku... And the children were opposite gender, it might become a romance... YES, even if they are siblings. Incest...I'm not even fond of it (as I have siblings of my own, and would never dare touch the subject) but it is quite plausible they would be drawn to each other. Mine's child would most likely sympathize to Izaku's spawn, and things will go out of hand from there.
Anyways...that's how far my dreams/ideas have got me. /shrug. It would be nice if my idea could become the sequel...but that's just my wishful thinking.
Anyways...in terms of plot, I'd give it a perfect 5. The ending kept bothering me to not give it a perfect score so a 4 & a-half/5. The art is exceptional...as it is seinen so it's prefect for the story. So I'm giving it 5 too, being that it's detailed the way it should be for this kind of plot.
... Last updated on October 8th, 2011, 6:36am
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.