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Bookish and naive, Angelo da Canossa is unprepared for life as a student in a university that hums with tension and intrigue in Renaissance Italy. Will his innocence remain intact when a chance encounter with the charismatic Cesare draws him ever deeper into the darker side of the Renaissance?
チェーザレ 破壊の創造者 CESARE Il Creatore che ha distrutto Cesare: The Creator of Destruction Cesare~Hakai no Souzousha~
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Fist of all, to all the people who compaire or ask whenever Cesare is similar to Cantarella. The two manga are as different as day and night are. Cantarella is a fantasy with a shonen ai flavour and has near to nothing to do with historical events, the only thing "historical" about Cantarella is the protagonist's name, while Cesare is a purely historical manga and keeps closer to reality. It's somber to the point where some might find it dry and boring, especially if you are not familiar with pure historical genre. If you liked Historie, you might like Cesare as well. It's much closer to that manga, than say to Vagabond or Shin Angyo Onshi (and definitely very different than Cantarella)
Second, if you are picking this manga in hopes to read a story similar to "Mars", forget about it, this is not a shoujo.
Now regarding Cesare: I've found this to be the best and more mature work of this author. "Mars" was good for what it was, but Cesare takes it on completely different level. The story developing is very solid (the dialogues and plot are quite formidable), it is slow paced, but it allows the reader to pay attention to the details and not jump into conclusion and speculations as it eventually explains all the motives and all the relationships. The art is much more mature, as to be expected and the detail to the costumes and surroundings is admirable. Knowing Cesare Borgia as a historical figure, I hope that the author won't hesitate to show him for what he was: an incredibly ambitious and at times ruthless and manipulative man. The latest chapters of this manga seems to suggest so.
I have mixed feelings about the series - though the most part they are positive.
For the good: The art is quite lovely. Detailed, well transitioned and clean. Also, it is great to have a plot that is more mature, suitable for an older audience. It is intellectual-heavy, and the political/court drama that is simmering just around the corner has very high potential.
Additionally, there are some really attractive guys.
For the so-so: Some of the scenes feel a little long (and this is coming from a History graduate!) There are action scenes, but to me they do feel a bit predictable. Nevertheless, though, they are quite well done.
Some things also are a bit one sided, and preachy: As in "Christians are always bad and ignorant" "Everyone else is smart and advanced". History, even at this time, was a lot more complex then this. I'm not really a fan when one culture is dubbed as 100% awful while another seems to be dubbed as 100% perfect. Yes, there is a mention that the Mangaka consulted a scholar, but I do wish she could have consulted more than one. Alot more than one. A rule of thumb when working in/with history is to consult a variety of eligible sources.
Also, if you are French, you might not like that the main image they get is a bunch of proudful dumb brutish bullies who act before they think LOL
I am on the fence about character development. Angelo does start off as a bit too meek and overapologetic, but he does eventually grow a little better. He becomes a bit more assertive, and takes the role of the teacher at some point. I am glad that he is offered more depth, even if it is just a tad of it so far. Hopefully it will grow further, and definitely hope he will become much more than a possible pawn.
Cesare, well, he is quite perfect in many ways. Only a teen, and he is great at horsebackriding, intellectually skilled, reads people well, very good looking, very humble despite his social status, great at leading military style situations, great at any other hobbies. The only current "fault" that seems to occur is the hint of his future playboyism (Afterall, he did father over eleven kids with different women) but I do sense this isn't going to be portrayed as a negative thing, considering it is a titled seinen series. His other supposed fault that is actually mentioned in the series is his outspokenness, but he always gets out of trouble with this one.
He is also shown to have manipulative tendencies, though it seems to be only on the surface so far.
I don't know why, he is a very good character, but I just feel like something is missing? I want more from him. Something more than just being elegantly dark, dashing and wise, all while smoothly taking control of everything. Granted, it is still technically early in the overall story, so I reckon there will be plenty more in the future.
Overall: It is a really good quality series, and likable enough. Definitely try to keep going over the first couple chapters, as things will progress further. It is not the best manga I have ever read, but it is far from the worst.
As far as I'm concerned, one of the big 3 Historical works.
When I think of historical manga, I think of three main titles- Historie, Vinland Saga, and, of course, Cesare. All of them maintain a fair amount of research into their subject matter (some more than others), and all of them are both well-written and compelling, albeit in utterly differing ways.
That said, Cesare is thoroughly researched, meticulously crafted masterpiece thus far, and I have a feeling that the political intrigue will be executed with nothing but the utmost excellence. Fuyumi does have a talent for suspense, so even if I found Eternal Sabbath to be largely unnecessary, I do thoroughly respect her ability has a storyteller in that regard.
Recommended to most who can appreciate it when history makes itself into a story on its own merits.
And it's an obligatory, probably unnecessary complaint of a comment, but seriously, Monstar_Maalik, you need to learn to appreciate realism in characters. "badass"-edness is a thoroughly overrated archetype that ultimately doesn't have much of a basis in the real world except for people trying to pass themselves off for something that they aren't.
It's hard to fathom a tale about the history and politics surrounding a character I thought I knew so well would be so engrossing. Every character was distinct and thoroughly developed. Every page was oozing with charisma, exquisite art, meticulous storytelling and an appropriate atmosphere of refinement befitting a story about aristocrats.
I might add, to me, the 'naive male lead' people refer to doesn't seem like the main character at all. Indeed, he probably isn't, this is a story about Cesare, he is the main star and the primary source of charisma, the 'male lead' probably just exists as a foil and an observer . But more than that, this is a story about the Italian Renaissance and the struggles for political power, so if you're mildly interested in a more mature and subtle historical drama of that kind, unlike others that are packed with gore, vengeance, star-crossed lovers... you'll love this.
... Last updated on February 9th, 2011, 12:19am
Comparable to Vinland Sage in its meticulous attention to detail and research, it is an interesting look at the man who is Cesare Borgia. While Angelo is the actual protagonist, the story and plot revolves around the charismatic enigma that is Cesare and thus the manga is rightfully named for the character it centers on.
Angelo is meant to be the character that the viewer relates to, his naive innocence is the perfect tool for Soyryo Fuyumi to endear the viewers to Cesare. It is firstly through Angelo's bedazzled eyes that the viewer becomes attached to the charismatic and noble Cesare. However as the cast expands and more than one character is given a chance to speak their mind, the point of view on Cesare changes.
This manga is about Cesare Borgia and how he becomes the man that he is known to be, through the eyes of the many people that surround him and the many who admire him and those who despise him. It is an analysis of Cesare as a person through the views of the people around him. He is defined by his actions and interactions, by the words of the people who see him and who feel they know him.
An interesting read to say the least, but worthy of being equal to Vinland Saga.
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Great Manga! The only down side that I can see is that it uses a real historical character. Cesare Borgia was idealized by the Niccolo Machiavelli(who is also in the manga) as the archetype of what a true Prince/ruler should be. Cesare WAS a Cardinal at the age of 18, but left the office to pursue other goals. Cesare conquered Romagna and he was also very close to conquering all of Italy but unfortunately, his father who was the Pope dies before Cesare can finish what he started. Cesare will make another man a Pope, but unfortunately that guy will also die after a month. The next Pope that will be chosen, will be an enemy of Cesare who will ruin everything for him. Cesare will be arrested, he will run away from prison and move to Spain to his brother-in-law who was the King, where he will die at the siege of Viena at the age of 31. So, if this manga will stay true to history, expect to see a lot of people killed, betrayed, used, and destroyed by Cesare. It is speculated that Cesare had his own brother assassinated.
P.S- on the fun side.. the popular image of Jesus used in Western Art are made in the image of Cesare, because he commissioned a painting of Jesus to be made in his image, and that paiting ende dup inspiring other artists.
This is pure art. As for the shounen-ai, I don't feel like Angelo is drawn to Cesare that way, he simply feels his charisma, as many others do. There's absolutely no "love" tension around. Cesare is magnetic, but anyway it's common for teenagers to feel drawn to charismatic peers of the same sex, mentally but not physically. So no shounen-ai in this
Why are there so few chapters!?
OMG!!! I was bored out of my mind and was looking for something awsome to read when I stumbled on to this gem. This story is positively breathtaking. I can not put into words just how good it is. The plot revolves around a youth named Angelo who has been admitted to a prestigious university for the sons of wealthy monarchy during the renaissance period. Angelo is handsome and bright, but being the lowly grandson of a Stone Mason, he has had little experience dealing with the elite, and their politics. Angelo's naivete to the politics of his new surroundings accompanied by his unflinching honesty, although innocent in nature, constantly makes him a mark for intimidation from those in his faction as well as members of rival groups.
However, his innocence and flare for being frank, is precisely what causes him to cross paths with the young enigmatic Cesare and his group. These two become friends and the story quickly unfolds. As you turn the pages, like Angelo, the reader is quickly swept up into Cesares world. You see Cesare the charismatic leader, Cesare, the dark and troubled youth with a painful past, Cesare who wants to conquer the world and change it for the good, However, as the story progresses, and you glimpse the darker sides of Cesare, the reader is left wondering, will Cesare always be motivated by good, or will he become like the people he loathes the most? This story has LOTS of potential with dark...dark undertones. There is no romance but there is this feeling between Cesare and Angelo admittedly. The interaction between the pair is intense at times, but let me be clear, it's not romantic in the least. You could say it's like a person who has many demons being drawn to a person who is pure and vice versa. It's like the angel of light meeting the angel of darkness and you wonder whose influence will win out in the end.
In short if you're a fan of Code Geass, or Beserk or any dark series with political intrigue amongst friends, then you will like this manga. I'm just sad as heck there are no more scantalated chapters and it hasn't been licensed. I could have at least purchased it.
... Last updated on October 26th, 2008, 6:26am
Yet another masterpiece from Souryo Fuyumi, creator of Eternal Sabbath. I've only read the first three chapters so far. It's even paced but I find it very interesting especially because I like history as well. It was great to see Fuyumi's notable drawing style once again though it was kind of weird seeing a little of Akiba Ryousuke in most of the characters. I look forward to reading on Fuyumi's take of the Renaissance!
Ok, I've been putting this off because it was seinen. Lately I've been obssessed with Cesare Borgia after seeing The Borgias. Later, I read Kakan no Madonna. Now I'm captivated by Cesare no matter which adaptation, he's always so hot, mesmerizing AHHHHH anyway, a good read, I love it from the art to the plot to the characters