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Savage Garden  
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Description
In 18th century England, Gabriel, an orphan girl from a fallen noble family befriended a young man named Jeremy, who was rumored to be an illegitimate child of a nobleman. After an incident occurred, resulting in his tragic death, Gabriel must impersonate her friend Jeremy, taking his place at an all boys academy for nobles, a place that may seem like heaven to others, but really hides a harshness which she would never have imagined.

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
새비지 가든
Vườn Hoang
Vườn quý tộc

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Latest Release(s)
c.29c by JanimeS (1185d ago)
c.29b by JanimeS (1188d ago)
c.29a by JanimeS (1189d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Forum
3 topics, 19 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (619 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.42 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 3rd 2014, 7:19am PST

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Year
2009

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Serialized In (magazine)
Issue (Daiwon C.I.)

Licensed (in English)
No

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N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #598 increased(+182)
Monthly Pos #946 decreased(-27)
3 Month Pos #952 increased(+30)
6 Month Pos #942 decreased(-14)

List Stats
On 922 reading lists
On 948 wish lists
On 1118 completed lists
On 72 unfinished lists
On 375 custom lists

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Ending? 437 days, 7 hours, 8 minutes ago
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Unique story   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by Charoite
August 9th, 2014, 3:23pm
I liked it a lot - it wasn't your typical shoujo character/plot, and I liked how the mood at times was sad and gloomy without the use of tears. I stayed up late in the night to finish the manhwa because it was so interesting. The beginning and the very end is a bit dull at times, but it's still a good read nontheless. The con is that there is a bit too much death that isn't really involved and doesn't affect the characters' life much - just their feelings.
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Beautiful story, and the ending is good but does not match up to rest of series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
July 11th, 2014, 1:08am
The art is gorgeous, and it got me sucked into the complex plot that kept me reading until just now. Gender-bending/crossdressing is usually not done well in stories, but this one made the most of it in the best ways possible. There's some potential shounen-ai hohay, but it's so beautifully depicted I wouldn't mind if some yaoi happened. wink there was no actual homo-stuff, btw

EVERYTHING WAS GREAT, UNTIL the end. Like, the ending is pretty happy and stuff ( well, happy but a bit unrealistic, rushed, and degrading for women) , but the author made the mistake of killing off MY FAVORITE CHARACTER in the most retarded way possible--and then just brushing it off anti-climatically as if it never really happened. WHAT THE HECK confused That's not how someone ends a masterpiece!!!!

Other than that, this manhua is perfect. 10/10. With the ending, however, I would give this a 8/10.... sad
(as for the stupid ending, I just made an alternative ending where that character lived)
ACTUALLY, another problem: THIS MANHUA SHOULD'VE BEEN A LOT LONGER!!!! Now there's something missing in me because the series is already done...

... Last updated on July 11th, 2014, 1:19am
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A masterpiece, but...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by sejal
June 3rd, 2014, 7:43am
Okay, I am not going to repeat it since that's what everyone here has said. Intriguing, complex and compelling story, extremely beautiful art, great characters, but as you all know, the ending. It didn't have to be like that. It was too rushed and things weren't exactly explained in the end. More time should have been devoted, it would have completed it. But for those who love dark, beautiful stories, I recommend you to read this.
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non-satisfying end   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Sternensilber
March 15th, 2014, 5:07pm
I was dissapointed. I expected so much more from this story. I knew from the beginning, that it was a tragedy. But the end was just horrible. Euan was for me the main character. It was tragedy enough that Jeremy didn´t end up with Euan. Euan died in such a simple and incomprehensible way. He should have died heroically. And Raymond shouldn´t have found Jeremy. Now it´s somehowe inadmissible, that they could live a happy life. Perhaps I am heartless. But it was really not the end I have wished for. I thought they (Ray+Jeremy or Euan+Jeremy) would die as a couple from eating this poisonous poisonous berries. biggrin Sorry for my bad english. I hope you understand what I wanted to say. biggrin
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If only...   
Rating: N/A
by bakerygirl
January 25th, 2014, 10:16am
Savage Garden had a haunting tone of story telling which compelled me to read it. The art and the delivery of lines were beautiful. The downfall was its rushed plot. There were several characters which it was focusing on at the same time without completely exploiting the potential. For eg. we never get to know why the maid, yvonne, wanted to get close to Raymond when she actually loves Will.

Personally I couldn't feel the depth in Ray's character. Its understandable that he is a troubled kid, but I couldn't sympathise with him much. Any sympathy I could have felt for him got crushed when he abandoned his family for Gabriel. That was irresponsible of him and he didn't even spare a thought for his children.

If only it were longer and less rushed. This could have been a masterpiece.
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Mixed Feelings   
Rating: N/A
by Pacific.Mint
January 19th, 2014, 10:08pm
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Euan didn't have to die and the fact that he dodged death once but died immediately after felt forced. He died in the penultimate chapter, then we had a time skip then Ray and Gabriel were united. Voola bittersweet ending. I feel like the author just wanted someone to die to make this a tragedy. Deaths are all right and in fact, I love sad endings as much as happy endings as long as they're all beautiful and compelling. Euan's death, however, felt stupid and out of no where. You know, deus ex machina. It felt wasted for the fact that we got to see no reaction from the main cast and just got a quick review of what happened in the time skip.

Plus, the reason Gabriel and Ray were separated was stupid. Apparently, she never left to America but stayed at a different city and didn't want to go meet Ray. That makes no sense at all. If Gabriel had a brain and loved Ray, she would have known that he was suffering and would not be able to leave him alone like that. If you love someone, you provide support when they are in hell, not leave them there to burn.


I love the atmosphere and the tone of the manga even though the plot was a bit lacking and the climax wasn't solved very well.
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Beautiful   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by twltfreak
November 6th, 2013, 10:04am
There is no other word-this manhwa is absolutely beautiful. You fall in love with the art at the first glance, and then you fall in love with the characters, and then the story. This is one of the most realistic stories based in a historical setting, and its gender bender aspect isn't a mere whim of the heroine, but one of the main dramatic reasons for the story.

The manhwa artistically depicts the multitude of flaws in life, especially in 18th century England (it IS based on 18th century I think but I may be wrong). The vain-ness and languid life of the nobility, and the indulgences and vices and corruption that starts out young. As the story goes on you get hungrier for more, and then all of a sudden it ends.

Yes, my only complain is how it ended... Even extending the manhwa further by one or two chapters would have made it graceful as the rest of the story, but it didn't happen. So all you can do is console yourself with your own colorful imagination.

No, I lied. I do have another complain.
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Did Euan really have to die? It felt as if the author knew Euan was a far better protagonist than Ray and there was no way Euan wouldn't be the one Jeremy/Gabriel ended up with so she had to kill him. Even his way of dying had no significance... if only he'd died while fighting for her... he won that battle but lost the war. Killed for a crime he didn't even commit - how cruel. But then I suppose it goes with the theme of the story, the capricious nature of nobility and fate. But it was to cruel, and not well-executed at all... And bringing the time skip right after? Hasty, hasty.


Rushed ending nonetheless, I highly recommend this manhwa. You'll love it, absolutely love it to the extent that you'd wail it wasn't a bit longer, just like I'm doing now smile

... Last updated on November 6th, 2013, 10:05am
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Left with Empty feelings   
Rating: N/A
by hotarusasaki
October 11th, 2013, 4:48am
I really liked this Manhwa, the art was beautiful and the plot/story was so dark that I felt like it swallowed me. This manhwa had characters and storyline that fit my taste so I really liked it. It was mysterious, dark, angst, mad,bewitching, sad, exciting, intriguing and so much more. It made me love the characters, love their pasts, love what made them do the twisted actions they did, even for the characters you wouldn't like it at least made you sympathise with them. It was something that pretty much had all the stuff that I like in my Manhwas.

Now that I've somewhat finished all the praise I have for it, here comes my complaints. Like many have pointed out it was rather rushed. It was too confusing. Despite me saying how I love how this Manhwa had all the ideas and scenes I love to read in the opposite way you could say the author hurriedly crammed the manhwa full of them and some just didn't work that well. I found that this manhwa didn't really draw out my emotions despite all the things in it that should have, and I'm someone who shows my emotions a lot. I also second that the ending wasn't that satisfactory, I expected that it'd make me cry and I thought it would but it wasnt developed enough to make me do that which I found a shame. I liked the ending but it just feels like lower quality than the rest of the manhwa especially since it just felt like a while lot of time skips and non explained events. It was too rushed and confusing. The start as well, I didn't really get it at all at first!

I suppose to sum it up I love this manhwa yet it did disappoint me, not disappointing enough to make me feel like I wasted my time, no, I feel that it was worth my time. But yes it just left me feeling a bit empty and dazed. Well there's my mess of opinions.
To read it or not, the decisions in your hands~ XD

... Last updated on October 11th, 2013, 4:51am
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Compelling   
Rating: N/A
by Leslie
September 29th, 2013, 8:09pm
This manga could have resolved a bit more of the loose ends that it planted throughout the plot at the end, but i'm relieved that it didn't. After reading the author's reflections about the piece, I learned that she wanted to portray the vanity and cruelty of the aristocratic society of that year and etc. In that way, it makes sense that not everything was explained, because we as normal people should be completely able to reason the cruel ways of the aristocracy.

This manga does require some maturity in its readers. There is a lot of promiscuity that is purposefully glamorized with pretty drawings and lavishness all around.

That leaves you with a sorta unclear ending but with a reason for it, amazingly beautiful art and compelling characters. Read it.

... Last updated on September 29th, 2013, 8:15pm
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Tragic - and storywise longing for too much.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Yankee-chan
September 21st, 2013, 9:52am
To begin with - It was a nice read and the atmosphere got me right away, altough I hardly like any historical settings. Probably the setting of some well-known elements, like the consume of absinthe or the Belladonna berries, have had a nice effect.

The drawing style was also likeable, although it wasn't outstanding or remarkable in a specific way. It's clean lines and sketchy style matched the whole way of how the story was told. You have your blank spots, which must be accepted considering the length of the Manhwa. Therefore the reduced artwork was somehow just right with this feel in my eyes.

The characters are well developed and after the first chapters, they can be differentiated quite clear. As for me, especially Euan and Ray have been caught my interest. The relationship between the brothers has been nicely put in scene, without touching the line of the cliched boys love scenario. The are different, yet have become close, while facing the hardships bound to their social status and home. The other characters have their nice points, too. Although the main character came off a bit wavering, even though her emotions are stable and understandable.

The plot itself is interesting, but longs just for too much by times. It might have been a good idea, to keep a closer look on the order of things and their meaning. Every now and then, I was asking myself, if such a tragic issue or dramatic feeling can be resolved just like that, while moving on to the next step. The ending was okay, but ...

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I agree about the resolving of Euans feelings. It was a matching end, implicated right from the get go, that his easy way with affairs might get him one day, so the death of him isn't my point of critic. It's more, how his feelings for Gabriel just seemed to fade and become another mood swing, after he had a hard time facing her in a non-passionate (or impulsive) manner before. It's clear, why he kind of chooses Ray's well-being before his unrequited love, yet it was somehow weird how he smiled, knowing his brother will be in pain after his doing.


To sum it up, you get a nice read with this Manhwa, but you should consider the depth of the elements involved and the length of it. ^^
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