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Hatou Gaku has a very odd friend at school named Marii Yukari. Yukari has purple eyes and a bizarre way of looking at the world: she sees all living things as robots. This has not always worked out well for Yukari, even costing her a best friend when she was younger. However, Yukari insists that the things she says she sees is true, and her vision seems to give her insight into the abilities of others.
Gaku thinks she's just weird, but she soon realizes that Yukari has unexpected talents. It seems she can fix anything, and even the police come to hear her insights. It turns out that Yukari's purple eyes are not unique in the world! However, there is one important distinction among those who see humans as other objects. Do humans appear as unimportant as objects, or do those objects appear as important as human beings? [tethysdust]
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More stressful then enjoyable
I'm gonna have to be in the minority, saying this was more a stressful read than an enjoyable one. I'm no stranger to "deeper than initial premise" stories. In fact, I enjoy them... when they are done well. Murasakiira no Qualia tried too many things and as a result, told a lackluster story. The premise is as follows, "The main character Hatou Manabu is an easy going person and highschool student. She has a very eccentric classmate named Marii Yukari who claims to see people as robots". Yeah..... that's really out there. The biggest hurdle to even attempt to read this series is not even that. You have to go through chapters of info-dumping of scientific theories and concepts and piece together how they relate to the plot. And you'll be going though this all throughout the story. Never once does the story ever give the reader time to process this information. A major problem is it gives actual intellectual theories, but it doesn't deliver them smartly. It will just suddenly go right into the thick of it, expecting the reader to follow along.
Next is the characters, specifically the leads Hatou and Yukari. The story mostly focuses on Hatou and her thoughts and processes. The story is told completely from her perspective, going through the story through her though process alone. Hatou goes through many changes throughout the story. The major transition is a bit over the halfway point, after a major incident. Where she starts out as a average character before this point with the traditional MC easy acceptance for the strange. Her character becomes more divisive and one dimensional. Through her struggles, she's supposed to come more as a complex character, but it becomes the opposite where she becomes actually very simple striving toward a single goal.
Yukari, the heroine, serves more as a plot device than an actual character. She starts the plot in motion by coming into contact with the MC, seeing something she doesn't usually see in her specifically, and then, kicks the plot in high gear, by saving the MC's life after an incident, which inadvertently gave the MC her powers.
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Her death is what triggers the MC to use these powers to first find answers to her death, and then save her. However, there's no reason or emotional attachment to ever get behind Hatou. Throughout the story, I was wondering why Hatou goes though what she does to such extent, other than unhealthy obsession. Yes, they became friends, but it was only for a short while. Also, the audience hears more about scientific theory than seeing how their friendship develops. The story doesn't give the reader much time to connect with the characters, nor does it flesh out the friendship between the two mains to substantiate the protagonist's hard dying steadfastness to her goal. Hatou's easy acceptance to having her cellphone in her arm actually cheapens the relationship between her and the heroine. Yukari seeing her as a "Super Robot with great adaptability" is a plot point designed to justify why there's no conflict, resulting in their friendship being bland, hallow and unrealistic. Conflict can make or break any relationship, and in storytelling, not always the best way to define character relationships but it's a common way to give it substance and make it stand out.
Hatou's powers don't make any logical sense, and more for plot convenience sake. You're more drawn to this conclusion the further you read. First, it starts out as simple communication with herself from parallel worlds, and their experiences are shared. The narrative (through Hatou) states limitations, but down the road, those limitations no longer matter, as the MC has found a way to work around them. Eventually, new powers are added as plot demands it using a scientific theory to justify how it's possible. "MC can do these things just because she can, accept it" is essentially what it comes down to.
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What her powers evolve essentially allows her to do multiple repeats transferring her conscious to a previous time or even parallel world, and perceive other realities and using the former ability jump to it. The story practically abuses "I think, therefore it is" to explain the ridiculous and mind-boggling events to occur in the second half that seem to only occur simply because Hatou thinks it could exist.
Lastly, the story forces a happy ending on you. In the end, the entire second half gets hand waved like it was dream, and the status quo essentially returns, with a implied brighter hope for the future.
Overall, I did not enjoy this. It had a very clever idea with an actual plot point of storytelling, leaning on the fourth wall, when the MC at certain points ponders this in regards to her own life.
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Near the end, she essentially becomes the writer of the story itself, but again status quo at the end means she was back to normal by the end.
However, the rest falls really flat. I couldn't feel anything for the leads; the protagonist became unlikable in the second half. The scientific concepts are thrown at your face with loads of info dump. While trying to teach the reader, it comes off as more pretentious.
... Last updated on June 30th, 2016, 10:08am
If you can finish chap 11 then you can't stop but keep reading this manga regardless of whether you have any idea or knowledge about science or not.
This manga is boring until it start turn out to be interesting at chap 7 but then still, its true nature wasn't showed until chap 11. To be honest, most of this manga is monologue of MC and there's no interesting point in the way MC tell the story. Additionaly, the mysteries isn't solved or explained though they is suppose to be solve as they are just plot device. So, what make this manga good? The thing is that how random and weird the story go on, At first is just something even you can think of but then it's thing you can't predict like
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MC become her own mother and father and every classmates or MC become mahou shoujo
. At this point, you can't help but laugh for whatever it'll turn out to be. Surprisingly, the randomness in the story which is suppose to be dramatic and serious make you not even care about the plot anymore and you will keep reading to find out how fun it'll turn out.
To sum up, forget about drama, the shoujo-ai friendship, the yandere character, the bunch of science (seriously, I don't even give a shit about what is explained even though I know a bit about possibility of finding particle in Quantum Physic). What make me give this manga high rating is because how it entertains me by its randomness, not drama, science, twisted plot or shoujo-ai. This make me recall of Madoka but I think in term of trying to save someone, this manga is better though I originally don't like Madoka.
... Last updated on August 11th, 2015, 12:06am
One crazy ride.
Murasakiiro no Qualia is one interesting manga, it starts out with a SoL/shoujo ai feel, but with in a space of a few chapters transform into hardcore sci-fi (I'm not kidding, there is literally a page warning you that things are about to get real "cray-cray") so if your physics/metaphysics is rusty, keep Wikipedia open in another tab. The story's premise itself is deceptively simple (i.e save the girl). The agonizing and sometimes ridiculous lengths to which the main character goes to do this is what makes this story so unique.
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She goes from being a normal girl to becoming a god-like existence and everything and everyone else (yes you read that right) in between all for the sake of her obsession with saving Yukari.
It gets pretty dark. At times the science/philosophy gets so much focus that it seems the mangaka and by extension Hatou forgot all about saving Yukari, but it wraps up rather nicely (I think so anyway) if not neatly in the final chapters and epilogue. Overall I think this one is well worth a read, not because of scientific accuracy but because it is entertaining AND scientifically accurate. No doubt this won't be for everyone, but those who get past chapter 10 page 1 are in for a satisfying journey down this rabbit hole of a story.
... Last updated on May 21st, 2015, 10:07pm
I have the same complaint about this that I had about Stein's;Gate
And that is: despite the brilliance of the plot, the intricacy and accuracy of the science, and the exciting pacing of events, the actual solution was so simple, and scope of the hero's quest (ie: saving their love interest) so tiny, that instead of admiring the mangaka's ingenuity, all I came away thinking was: "Such brilliance, wasted on such a boring goal!" I mean, why, really, should I care about someone's quest to save their love at the cost of everything and everyone else? What does it matter to me, the reader, whether s/he succeeds and lives HEA, or fails and is miserable for a couple of years before s/he meets someone else? No manga where the MC's primary motivation is love has ever managed to answer this question satisfactorily, and Murasakiiro no Qualia, despite being so delightfully philosophical, was no exception.
My personal issues aside, here's something that concerns the readership as a whole: Manabu and Yukari barely know each other; they're nothing more than very amiable (but not too emotionally involved) friends right up until the moment the plot starts rolling, and I can't fathom where Manabu's obsessive love that caused her to give up everything just for Yukari's sake came from. Most people wouldn't do this even for their long-term spouse and kids, let alone for a sort-of girlfriend they'd known for all of two months. Which wouldn't have been noticeable if Murasakiiro no Qualia were just another dumb romance story, but when the rest of the psychology behind the characters' personalities and mindsets is so chillingly realistic, the fact that such abnormal behaviour is central to the plot sticks out like a sore thumb. (In that sense Stein's;Gate was much better, since the three main characters had enough history between them to make their all-consuming devotion plausible)
Still, those are the only flaws I could find -- which is excellent, as they're just minor quibbles. I won't elaborate on its many good points because the other comments have already covered that, but I will say that Qualia is a must-read for any GL fan, since you'll never find another shoujo-ai or yuri even half as intelligent as this one.
... Last updated on April 11th, 2015, 12:07am
Unique and fascinating, only short of a masterpiece
At first, seemingly a slice-of-life about female friendship in a school setting; then it switches to mystery and action with a heavy sci-fi background. And that's what sets it apart from similar manga: the scientific concepts involved are truly intrincate (quantum mechanics, nothing less), and they're thoroughly and extensively discussed by the characters. Unless you have prior knowledge of the topics discussed, you'll probably have to reread the chapters two or three times to get everything. But it's worth it. The plot manages to integrate all the abstract physic concepts wonderfully, and makes them central to the development of the story. In fact, that's the strenght and charm of this manga, the unpredictable, astoundingly solid and fascinating story.
On the other side, the characters, while not bad by any means, are pretty flat and generic, despite the extraordinary circumstances they are forced to go through. Because of them, the manga turns out to be half philosophical physics reflection, half moe loli lightheartedness, but it works, and very well.
Even the weakest thing about this manga is pretty rare itself: the excessively fast pacing. Simply, too much happens in too little time. It's not that it feels rushed, but a lot of juicy events that are going on -some of which could easily have provided material for another manga- are explained away with one or two sentences and a panel. It's a shame, really: if keeping the same quality as the present three, this manga would have benefited greatly from ten or even fifteen more volumes, even mantaining the same story! This is specially bad for the characters: they don´t get enough time to develop properly, and seem to react too weakly to the most traumatizing events, perhaps because these terrible events have only been mentioned in passing.
That last paragraph may seem a turn off, but it's only a complaint about something that could have been excellent, but only turned out great. Do yourself a favour and read this carefully crafted, irresistibly addicting story: three hours or three weeks, when you reach the end you won't think you've wasted your time, I guarantee it.
If you liked that movie then you're gonna love this one (I havent finished reading it so this is an assumption), probably it will end like that movie. Sometimes there are things you cannot change, or will the heroine change fate? Read it!
I really wasn't expecting it to be more than just pretentious. But it is! If you want to read something that's like a combination of Steins;Gate and Madoka Magica, you'll find this one interesting.
The plot is not very complex, but if you're not getting all the actual scientific theories, it'll be hard to follow. Just 18 chapters and a letter included in the last volume of the manga (I think) that works as an epilogue. So, go give it a try, it's awesome
... Last updated on March 5th, 2015, 5:43pm
The most complex, brain killing manga I've seen.
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By brain killing I don't mean it in a bad sense-I mean it's so complicated I can't even. Not any more. I've read this before, before I completed it. A long time ago, but I think I stopped at the chapter where Marii first died. Then I finished reading it...and I was so confused.
Not gonna say what happens in the manga, but all the theories...! My brain has been turning to mush I swear. But all being said, it was a nice manga. Seriously, the only reason why I picked this up again was because it was psychological, at the start. But the sci-fi kicked in, and my brain bowed out In the end I had to skim through the theories cause my brain was overloaded. It was cool how the mangaka researched everything, though.
One thing I don't really like, though-in the end. Gaku's goal, throughout the entire manga, was supposed to save Marii from being killed. So in the end, why does she disappear when she completed the time-space thingy? It's like...different. From her original goal. Though the 2nd last chapter was quite a big jump-parallel universe wise-from Alice hating her, to loving her. Since I read the last chapter on another site, it was strange, to say the least.
This manga starts as a light scifi story, but it slowly becomes something else. It becomes unique and mindblowing experience. I really recommend it if you want to read scifi story with very interesting 'what if' - scenario. Just warning, story becomes quite dark. MC will become badass, but she will also starts losing her humanity and morality.
i cant wait until i get to see the end of this series.... it's absolutely amazing, interesting, and weird to unbelievable proportions.
overall i cant imagine the ending being bad in total(for reasons i wont mention it's inconceivable for it to be anything else)... i just wonder just how happy one can be after doing so much for that ending.... the chick is flat out scary already and it's just getting worse XD