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Shitsurakuen  
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Description
Himoto Sora is a transfer student with a sense of justice and dreams of becoming a knight. Upon arriving at Utopia Gakuen, she learns of a virtual reality-like game played by the male students in which they use girls as weapons in battles for status and treat them as commodities. Seeing one of these girls being abused she steps in and through some sort of error unwittingly becomes the first female participant of the game.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
失乐园
失楽園
สวรรค์สาบสูญ
Lost Paradise (French)
Paradise Lost (NAOMURA Tooru)

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.24 + Omake (end) by Mako-Scans (1756d ago)
c.23 by Mako-Scans (1921d ago)
c.22 by Mako-Scans (1986d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 6.9 / 10.0 (346 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.89 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 28th 2015, 3:43am PST


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Year
2009

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Serialized In (magazine)
Gangan Joker (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #788 increased(+171)
Monthly Pos #1653 increased(+5)
3 Month Pos #2141 increased(+285)
6 Month Pos #2745 decreased(-66)

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On 981 reading lists
On 449 wish lists
On 667 completed lists
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So... What do I say?   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by PaterFrog
April 15th, 2012, 5:54am
Shitsurakuen is a good story with an ending that'll leave some people strongly dissatisfied, while other people won't mind it.

I have to say, the execution wasn't so great, but it could've been worse. There's a lot of stuff crammed in in some way, that makes sense at the moment, more or less, but it doesn't let you absorb everything. The manga really could have used a little bit less cramming.
I can't really remember much of the manga, even though I read it in one go and finished just now, but I'm one of those, who understand why the ending is as it is and I'm okay with it. There's a lot hidden in it and I'm really not up to talking about it, but I'm satisfied.

Give it a twirl and then decide whether it's worth buying, or maybe just borrowing.

... Last updated on April 15th, 2012, 6:36am
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So much potential, yet ARGHHHH   
Rating: 6.6 / 10.0
by infinity9001
February 24th, 2012, 11:46am
There was so much here to exploit. The art was pretty, the characters were tolerable, and the set-up . The set-up was everything , and yet what do we get? A half-baked story about a girl who seems like the female version of Naruto saving a bunch of other girls in a not so very good battle manga. What you're just going to get rid of the overwhelmingly sexist environment of the school so quickly? What about the Iwahijiri - are they still pulling the same crap they did with the school? The list could go on... Also, a lot of the characters had random changes in heart, which I felt the author threw in to be able to end the story, rather than to be able develop a complex one that could have broken a lot of norms generally associated with shounen.

I really wish someone else had been put in charge of this story after the initial set-up. It's a fairly shallow read if you don't want something too meaningful, but for a story that could have been amazing, it just doesn't get there.

... Last updated on February 24th, 2012, 11:49am
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Too similar to Utena.   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
November 29th, 2011, 1:09am
After watching Utena, my rating on Shitsurakuen dropped.

And indeed, Shitsurakuen is using a lot of Utena's elements with no surrealism. The new elements that the author add are:
- Virtual reality unlike the projector in Utena
- Harem instead of one girl
- More shoujo-ai elements (Like the Utena Movie)
- The protagonist is given a glove instead of a ring like in Utena
- It hasn't to do anything with revolution or the world
- More stupid characters

Okay, the first thing you wonder is, why the girls attend and they do not simple leave to attend to another when they face such circumstances. It is never explained but it is letting you to assume that they probably have a scholarship and they must attend to this reputed school. Or they are spied and they are unable to tell to their parents. Either way, it is not excused so it makes it more stupid.

And let's see... Utopia is an Academy where all of the guys torture the girls and the girls cling on them. It's just so pathetic... They enjoy being puppets. Basically all of them act like Anthy from Utena. And one day, the girl that wants to become a knight and save Princesses appear and start saving them. (And yes, in a male uniform like Utena.)

Sora is kind of annoying she is repeating like 4757383845 times that she will save each girl. And all of the guys are trying to eliminate her, except this guy that is pretty much like Akio. (Without the amazing car scenes of course.)

Sora's harem has no development at all. Take for example, Kohaku; She is a girl with no personality whatsoever. She is just blushing whenever she is around Sora. The second girl? Pretty much the same. It was only Reiko as a tsundere that showed something better. And we have the mysterious girl that is an old friend of Sora (And apparently Sora's yuri interest that is LIKE Anthy) whom she needs to be saved and later she has also a symbolic presence.)

Of course, the fairytale-like plot is not missing from here either; We see some scenes where the knight save the princess, etc. Utena much, again?

I have to admit though, that the designs are better than the ones in Utena. Although the fights suck and neither Utena did had any good fights.

I know I did a lot of comparison to Utena but it is just so damn similar. Anyways, entertaining for a one time read.
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Almost Great   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hivemind
July 2nd, 2011, 3:44pm
I loved this manga, I once gave it a ten, but now it's a nine. Once readers get to the last chapter they would think "WTF?!" The last two chapters messed up everything. I don't know if this manga should even be labeled as "shoujo-ai."

But the manga is superb as a whole. It might not be my top 5 best manga anymore, but it's still great.
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Worth Reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HayateSK
July 1st, 2011, 12:33pm
Ok i get what others are saying. trust me i have been reading this for a while but around chapt 22 it wraps up the plot and it all makes a lot of sense. the randomness and the whole good vs evil mess that's so over done its a bit much at times all has a purpose. so if you can get through it, its a pretty good read.

... Last updated on July 1st, 2011, 12:36pm
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Yea....   
Rating: N/A
by That2ndGuy
February 25th, 2011, 8:52am
The first four letters of the name says it all. Skip this series. Even for people who like shoujo-ai/yuri, this is plain retarded, especially the protagonist (Sora?). Although, it's typical that the biggest idiot becomes leader. Just look at America (my own country, BTW T_T) between 2000-2008...
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This is absurd!   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Mongolian
February 5th, 2011, 9:41am
My first question is why would any woman , or man who has even a shred of decency, go to such a school? My next question is why is every single guy in this a complete a-hole?
I do like shoujo-ai manga but this is way to rediculous. I'm a guy and after reading the first three chapters i had to stop because it was making me so mad. No man who has any brain in his head would treat a woman, or any other living being, like that! There is also no woman who would go along with this "game" just because they get an education; they would definately get the f**k out of ther the second they sawhow woman were being treated and go to another school. This manga did a better job at making men look evil than the Lifetime tv network.
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Ugh   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
November 27th, 2010, 3:41am
I don't care if its a carbon copy of Utena or not. Alot of manga recycle the same ideas and tropes, so it shouldn't really matter. Is it good or is it at least entertaining and fun that's the question for me.

Well I have to say I like the concept of an oppressive school, girls as weapons, and virtual reality. However, its handled way too simplistically. It could have been a real complex story and even analyzed the reasons for oppression. Instead its just a school owned by a company run by misogynists. Convenient and boring. How does the virtual reality thing work? People seemed to get injured in duels so how are they hooked up to it? Not explained. Even the main character is confused by it, but just accepts it. There's alot of holes in the story.

The art is decent. The girls are nice looking, but the fights aren't drawn too well.

I can't really stand the main character Sora. She wants to be a knight and protect the girls she says, ugh. The character is in high school, but has the mental and emotional development of a seven year old. She could learn important things from her friend who has been there longer, but just as her friend is going to say something significant Sora gets up and runs off. This happens a couple of times and stupidity is not charming its annoying.

There are many things that bug me about this series. I think it had potential, but after reading 15 chapters I'm tired of waiting for Sora and this story to develop half a brain.
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Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by swiftstrike
July 15th, 2010, 12:42pm
Despite its "I will protect you" themes, the story is pretty unique itself.
It hints at you to stand up to things that may seem impossible: to make a difference.

Each chapter is like 50+ pages, which is pretty good. Art is well done, even some action scenes.
Can't help but like this manga. (This could do pretty well as an anime too lol)

... Last updated on July 15th, 2010, 12:42pm
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Holy-!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by khmershinobi
March 30th, 2010, 11:25pm
This is personally the coolest shoujo-ai/action manga I've ever read! I mean, it's obviously meant to be aimed towards boys, but I can't help but love the story itself.

As an Utena fan, I can't help but feel that it has a few similar qualities. In spite of it, however, it is definitely somewhat original, if not strange and refreshing while I'm at it.

Action usually doesn't do it for me. I prefer watching it as an animation, but this manga is one of those exceptions. There aren't TOO many fighting scenes in it I think, and if there are, then they wrap up rather quickly, within a chapter, or half of it at least.

The heroine certainly comes off as the typical defender of justice, but she's endearing enough that I'll let it slide. Other characters, mostly the entire male population of the school come off as real a-holes. But in reality, we know that not every one is like that.

I'm very fond of the art, which was what led me into reading the manga in the first place. The lines are smooth and very clean, in my opinion of course. Characters are quite easy to tell apart as well.

I get the whole not 'being into female oppression' thing, so if you're REAL picky about your manga, then this probably isn't for you. But honestly, it's JUST a manga. So if you're a hardcore feminist, then don't take it too seriously, otherwise, it's probably best to just stay away.

But, if you like shoujo-ai, then by all means, please read! biggrin
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