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Ayako  
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Description

Type
Manga

Related Series
Tezuka Gakuen (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
奇子

Groups Scanlating
N/A

Latest Release(s)
N/A

Status
in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (1973, Complete)
3 Volumes (1981, Tezuka Daizenshuu)
2 Volumes (1985, Reprint)
2 Volumes (1989, Aizouban)
2 Volumes (1996, Bunko)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (90 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.39 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 13th 2020, 10:03pm PST


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Year
1972

Original Publisher
Daitosha (1973, 1985)
Kadokawa Shoten (1989, 1996)
Kodansha (1981)

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Vertical (1 Vol - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #586 increased(+170)
Monthly Pos #1275 increased(+409)
3 Month Pos #2727 increased(+237)
6 Month Pos #3170 increased(+963)
Year Pos #5511 decreased(-87)

List Stats
On 50 reading lists
On 205 wish lists
On 187 completed lists
On 5 unfinished lists
On 89 custom lists

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Interesting ideas, but...  
by calstine
March 18th, 2015, 8:35am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
...the over-abundance of poetic justice prevents it from becoming truly memorable. I'm okay with contrived tales of "karmic retribution" a la Kisshou Tennyo, wherein the heroine is rewarded with vengeance as a result of her bravery, sacrifice, wit and manipulation, but women like Ayako who're granted justice just by sitting around looking pretty and somehow instilling within half the men who meet her a desire to either have sex with her or protect her at the risk of their own lives just annoy me. It doesn't make for an interesting, likeable or sympathetic protagonist at all.

That said, the side stories are intriguing. The plot would probably have been much more engaging if it'd followed Jiro and his ascent from a disgraced spy to a mafia boss, with a separate thread detailing Ayako's quest for revenge (and she should actually have had a quest for revenge, come to that; everything shouldn't have just magically fallen into her lap while she did nothing but offer her body to several men in quick succession). The author's inexplicable desire to link practically everything that happened in the series to Ayako (sometimes throwing all logic to the winds) caused several interesting plot threads to go nowhere. Not to mention that the way Ayako was kept alive by a clan full of ruthless men who'd silenced - in one way or another - countless women before her was just nonsensical.

And of course, too many lust-driven beastly men and too many "pure" women exploited by said men. I understand that this is a story meant to explore the twisted patriarchy of traditionalist Japan, but the fact that there wasn't a single likeable main male character or even one scheming, nasty woman was unsuited to a story attempting a realistic portrayal of the darkness of the human soul.


This comment might seem too harsh (especially compared to my rating), but the criticism reflects my disappointment at all the unrealised potential. A thriller-in-the-making turning into an unfulfilling revenge fantasy is quite the waste, imo.

... Last updated on March 18th, 2015, 6:14pm
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