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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.

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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 (1045d ago)
c.23 by Mako-Scans (1209d ago)
c.22 by Mako-Scans (1275d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 6.9 / 10.0 (326 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.91 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 20th 2014, 7:18am PST

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Year
2009

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Gangan Joker (Square Enix)

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Not very fun...   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by jedinat
January 5th, 2010, 2:33am
...Six chapters in and I think I'm dropping this manga. There's hardly any yuri, no comedy, and it seems the plot is just a repetition of the same thing... girl being abused before finally being saved just before the abuse becomes something more serious. It's not fun. I like reading about cute girls doing cute things, not cute girls getting beaten up. The manga doesn't have the emotional or philosophical depth to be successfully dark, and so it's just annoying.
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Good so far   
Rating: N/A
by HikariBun
November 30th, 2009, 6:50pm
A lot of shounen end up very similar, but I wouldn't call them plagiarism. Neither is this. Couple chapters in and it has differentiated itself from Utena. So, I agree with others this plagiarism thing is a bit overboard.

Anyway, it's a bit uncomfortable to read this, and I'm sure guys will find it more so. A lot of guys are really nice people and most guys would never do what these bastards do (in fact most guys have a problem with being overprotective : P), but it IS true some people really are (and especially were) as horrible as those in this manga.

Indeed, it's really kind of unbelievable that all these bastards end up going to the same school and that the girls are willing to go to this school at all, whether or not it's the best school or something.
I think perhaps the mangaka was making the school a symbol for the centuries of abuses from these particular type of males. As well as the exaggerated suffering the girls go through, also a symbol from the times when girls couldn't just "drop out". I might just over thinking it, I don't know, but either way seeing Sora beat up these bastards makes me happy. : P

I think the manga should have a good guy in it too, and the glasses boy from the 3rd chapter could be the person the mangaka has planned. I'll be reading more to find out.

... Last updated on November 30th, 2009, 6:56pm
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Feminism   
Rating: N/A
by BoboKitty
November 6th, 2009, 5:43pm
Sigh, I really have no idea why people are comparing this series to Utena and saying that it's plagiarism because it really is not. Yes, there are some slight similarities, but you will get that with just about every series out there. What people are forgeting is that this manga is about male oppression and standing up to it! Really, last time I checked, that was not the focus of Utena.

As for Shitsurakuen, I have to say that I love it; it's very refreshing~ I often see women often be depicted as weak, or clumsy, or stupid in manga, which is very insulting. Sure, sometimes there are strong ones who take charge, and I like those. However, none of them really address the inequality of women in society, save for this series. God, I give this mangaka props~!

Oh, and the art is adorable as well~
(and the shoujo-ai hints are just to cute~!)
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Actually it's not an Utena Rip-off   
Rating: N/A
by Nyanko
October 13th, 2009, 2:55pm
Nor Plagiarism.
Although my love for Utena can't be measure by human standards.

Utena it's self it's not that original. Having bases in not one but multiple series and books and artist.
Utena altough many times NEGATED by it's creator, its based on
The Rose Of Versailles, Onii-sama E..., Ribon no Kishi , Kanashimi no Belladona , With several Art influences of Shuji Terayama & Charles Rennie Mackintosh (The chair's & elevator symbolisms come from them ) and the book Demian.

Altough it It's beautiful and it's my favorite series. It isn't a self done creation. Which has been influenced many other master pieces.

Utena does HAVE influenced this manga but I wouldn't call it plagiarism AT ALL or Utena would suffer the same crime.
Utena has inspired many mangas animes novels which is awesome for a series to do.
But so have it's predecessors

Shitsurakuen it's a very good shonen manga obviously influenced by it's shojo predecessors but not because of that it's plagiarism. Since MOST of the series do have a base even harder than this on other series books. ( Ribbon no Kishi it's highly influenced by disney...and disney by fairytales and fairy talers by myths so..yeah it's a never ending circle! )
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no-no, not plagiat.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by goldhair
October 5th, 2009, 1:53pm
Well-well. "Ochikubo monogatari" (written in 10th century) and "Cinderella" (written in 17th cenury) have pretty simular plot (btw, I dont think Charles Perrault even read japanese literature (>.<)). BUT. There are two absolutely different (but good) tales in they own ways. Like Utena nad Shitsurakuen they have simular plot, but it's not plagiat since they have different style and way of narration. And they, like Utena nad Shitsurakuen , emit different feelings about all story, by the way. I like Shitsurakuen more though ^.^
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Well worth reading! (I hope it's not a rip-off)   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by neetfreek
July 10th, 2009, 12:58pm
When I first read the manga, I thought it to be lauded for being a fresh, original concept (as fresh and new as you can get with a school manga...) but after reading these comments, I may rethink that. (I hate plagiarism)

In answer to Accipiter, I believe that it's mentioned in the manga (Tsuki explains to Sora) that "Iwahijiri has big influence in the world, so no one dares to oppose them."

Perhaps the children have no choice? Maybe they're threatened or coerced into doing so for fear of angering the Iwahijiri Group?
Hopefully the author will explain the girl's various reasons in future backstory. That's usually the way in manga (and right in the middle of a battle too. A volume-long flashback - LOL)

That's just my best guess. I'm not condoning it or calling the premise genius, but there's plenty of manga and hentai out there where the children of parents in debt or who are in danger of losing their job are forced into all sorts of things.

As it stands, I'll take mangum44's suggestion and check out Utena. If this isn't a blatant rip-off, I'll more than likely keep reading it.

I have to say that the school system is so heinous that I'm thoroughly behind rooting for the good guys.

I found it (so far) to be a worthwhile read. Thanks, Mako-Scans (Adone and Expel) I'm looking forward to the next release.

... Last updated on July 10th, 2009, 1:06pm
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Ugh!   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by mangum44
July 10th, 2009, 9:33am
This is such a blatant rip-off of Revolutionary Girl Utena! Seriously, someone should get sued here. Let's see:
- Lesbian undertones, check.
- Duels where the winner owns a girl, check.
- Absurdly powerful student council, very involved in the duels, check.
- Bizarre academy with some sort of "virtual reality" thing going on for battles, check.
- Girl that dreams of being a knight that protects princesses, check.
- Said girl does not use the school uniform, but a different version with short tight pants instead of a skirt, check.
- Said girl accidentally gets involved in the duels and "wins" a girl, check.
- Magical weapons extracted from the chest of the girls, CHECK.
- *deep breath* First duel in the series fought against one of the members of the absurdly powerful student council, who is a complete a-hole and treats his girl/weapon like crap, hitting her around and generally abusing her, and then is defeated by the main girl by the use of a sword-like weapon that she had never used before, which results on the girl/weapon abandoning her a-hole of an owner and becoming the property of the main girl as per the rules of the duels, CHECK CHECK CHECK CHECK!!!

There are only two bits of originality here so far: the harem thing (the duelists can have many girls rather than just the one), which could go either way; and the very nasty concept beyond the whole game thing (see Accipiter's comment), which is seriously going to need one hell of a justification in order for me to suspend disbelief... which I just don't see happening, considering how poorly the author has fared so far.

I'll give it another chance to redeem itself, and then it's an 1/10 for this ripoff of a manga. It doesn't help that it's trying to ape one of the absolutely most brilliant series out there. If you find this the least bit appealing, I urge you to go watch Utena instead.

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Update after chapter 2: after a plagiariciously rocky start, the series gets slightly better. The premise is still unbelievable, mostly because it's played straight: the girls really seem to be all weak and defenseless (except the protagonist), the guys really seem to be a bunch of psychopathic a-holes that think nothing of bullying an injured girl. But... well, this is manga we're talking about. We've all seen worse when it comes to completely unrealistic premises, eh?

Might be worth reading, if you can summon up enough suspension of disbelief AND if you can put up with some rather unoriginal ideas... a warning you can safely ignore if you are into harem-style manga wink

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Update after chapter 7: I apologize for having said that this manga was a rip-off of Utena. That clearly isn't the case, and I'm going to prove it if it's the last thing I do!

THINGS THAT PROVE THAT THIS IS NOT A RIP-OFF OF UTENA:
- Utena is given a special ring under mysterious circumstances that, upon entering Ohtori Academy, allows her to fight duels. Sora is given a special GLOVE under mysterious circumstances that, upon entering Utopia Gakuen, allows her to fight duels. NOT A RING - A GLOVE! TOTALLY NOT THE SAME!
- In Utena, a certain character seems to be the nicest guy around while in fact he's the main antagonist; he acts friendly and gets close to Utena while in truth he's just using her for his own purposes. That guys is the director of the school. In Shitsurakuen, a certain character seems to be the nicest guy around while in fact he's the main antagonist; he acts friendly and gets close to Sora while in truth he's just using her for his own purposes. That guy is the TOP STUDENT of the school. HOW ORIGINAL IS THAT, HUH??
- You have to walk a long path to enter Ohtori Academy. Upon passing the main gate, you find a large self-contained area with a bunch of individual buildings, a large tower near the front, and a forest in the back, which is oddly perfectly hexagonal. Whereas you have to walk a long BRIDGE to enter Utopia Academy WHICH IS ON AN ISLAND. Upon passing the main gate, you find a large self-contained area with a bunch of individual buildings, a large tower SMACK IN THE MIDDLE, and a forest in the back AND ALSO TO ONE SIDE, and the island is PERFECTLY OCTOGONAL BUT THE FOREST IS NOT! Gosh, I'm getting exhausted just writing all the differences.
- But this is all incidental. The real difference is that in Utena you could sympathize to some degree with every character, even the bad ones, and the good ones (Utena! Anthy! Juri!) were downright awesome, which is why Utena is widely considered a timeless classic. Whereas in Shitsurakuen there's hardly a character that you won't either hate or just feel sorry for, and even the best characters are weak and lame, which is why this series is widely considered a poor person's Utena (at least that's what it says on every review of this series I've read so far).

I think I've proved just how... good and... original this series is. Will the... admirers please reconsider and stop voting this comment down? No? Alright.

... Last updated on January 10th, 2010, 6:09pm
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Why?   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Accipiter
July 10th, 2009, 8:41am
Fairly interesting after the the first chapter. It reminds me of an Anime from the '90s which I can't recall the name of. Whether or not I continue reading hinges on the answer to an as yet open quesiton: WHY ON EARTH WOULD ANY GIRL GO TO THIS SCHOOL?

Edit: Ah, that's it! Revolutionary Girl Utena. I've only seen the condensed movie. I guess they will try to pawn this off as an homage, but given how much straight-up plagiarism Magnum44 pointed out, it will take some serious originality in the next few chapters to pull that off.

... Last updated on November 7th, 2009, 8:00pm
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