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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 (1623d ago)
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6 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 6.9 / 10.0 (344 votes)
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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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interesting plot   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nghiango1989
January 7th, 2010, 4:41am
I personally found this to be very interesting with unique characters. The mangaka throw in some special characters who do not appear to be what they really are. Cute arts btw. Don't mind somebody said this not interesting. I did not even found Hayate no Gotoku interesting enough, only funny, until Tennos Athena appears. So give this manga a chance. Don't count your chicken before it hatch. This story only just begins. Rather I think that one chapter a month is not enough for me. Wish it was one chapter a week even if it's only 20 pages. Favorite girl so far: Izaki Koharu, her cute reactions to Sora are just so like many girls in yuri related anime. Hopefuly, an anime adaptation will be made for this series in the long run.

... Last updated on January 7th, 2010, 4:41am
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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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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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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.


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


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!

- 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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