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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.


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Lost Paradise (French)
Paradise Lost (NAOMURA Tooru)

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v.6 c.24 + Omake (end) by Mako-Scans (1459d ago)
c.23 by Mako-Scans (1623d ago)
c.22 by Mako-Scans (1689d ago)
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6 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 6.9 / 10.0 (342 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.89 / 10.0
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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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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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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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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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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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ok calm down   
Rating: N/A
by dandymandy123
February 23rd, 2010, 7:24am
I love shitsuraken. Yes people you can tell that some minor details like swords coming out of their chest came from Utena ,but the plot is original within itself. I'm in love with the main characters a lot more than I was with Utena. In Utena the girl was always acting stubborn and the other girl had no personality of her own she just agreed happily with whoever was engaged to her. The main character shitsuraken is upbeat yes she is naive like a typical shonnen character but personally for me I like watching the characters develops throughout the story not just starting out magically wise and strong against every oppenent they face. I'm personally just thankful this manga isn't another mundane girls boarding school yuri. I love this manga and I personally look forward to every chapter that comes out. I could see someone not liking this manga if all they were interested in was no conflict lovey dovey stuff; but for someone who enjoys both yuri and shonnen I personally recommend this as a fan myself.
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Pethetic story   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by ravensdark
February 10th, 2010, 5:03am
This series is a definite skip. Not really because of the artwork which is rather good but because of the story which is about doing violence to innocence and oppression to the weak. We have this school where girls are treated as objects to be owned by their male masters, in a modern society. The one so called light for those girls being this really stupid girl who has a knight complex. I do not mind the idea of the girl being the hero of all the other girls but I do mind the idea that she is so blind and stupid. Her allies not informing her of her blindness is just one more issue that finalizes my dislike for the story. I hate stories where innocence is abused and is thought of as the norm.
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Certainly not Utena, and certainly a lot of fun to discover and read.   
Rating: N/A
by Xxccben
January 29th, 2010, 10:32am
I'm going to skim over this issue and just say that it's not Utena and anyone who tries to blast it for plagiarism is an moron. It's like those idiots trying to say that Gen. Larry Platt stole "Pants on the Ground" because they have a song called "Back Pockets on the Floor" - having something be similar does not automatically make it plagiarism or stolen material.

Shitsurakuen is a really good series. The chapters so far have been whole stories in themselves, and I could easily see it as an anime series already with an episode per chapter (or per two chapters in the case of six and seven). You can take the series at face value and think about it as a romantic shoujo-ai, or you could look at it as a real statement about the abuse some men impose on women. Of course, that's not to say all men are like this, but it certainly exists in the world and I like the way this story handles it.

One thing did strike my interest though - seeing as the girls become subservient and protected by their "knight" or "owner", and seeing that those girls Sora has so far rescued have become very close and loyal to her in a servantish manner (though she's said she doesn't want them to do that), I wonder...did the author intend to show how these girls have already been permanently damaged? Think on it: despite being rescued, they are still acting in a subservient manner, just willingly and with a smile, to Sora. They've been property for so long that they almost, it seems, don't know what else to be.

I'm sure Sora has seen this too, as she's mentioned several times to the girls not to serve her or such, but to believe in her instead. As she rescues more girls, while she can protect them, will it really in the long run fix the problem? These girls have been trained into almost a second-class state, and even when "emancipated", they still follow that.

I think the author did intend to show this. It's a really deep function of the story that I'm sure will come more to light soon - Sora's due to lose a match sometime soon, she's won everything so far. There has to be a defeat sometime.

Again, it's an excellent series, and I'm readily looking forward to more.

It ain't Utena. In fact, I'm starting to think it could even be better. *waits for the Utena fanboys/girls to kill me*
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