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Ayashi no Ceres  
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Aya and her twin brother Aki thought they were going to a celebration of their sixteenth birthday at their grandfather's home, but the funeral-like atmosphere tips them off that something's not right. Their "birthday present" turns out to be a mummified hand--the power of which forces an awakening of unkown powers within Aya, and painful wounds all over Aki's body! Grandfather Mikage announces that Aki will be heir to the Mikage fortune, and Aya must die! But Aya has allies in the athletic cook and martial artist Yûhi, and the attractive, mysterious Touya. But can even two handsome and resourceful guys save Aya when it's her own power that's out of control?

In 1998 Ayashi no Ceres won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo.

Ayashi no Ceres Gaiden included in 6th volume of Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden.


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Associated Names
Ceres Celestial Legend
Truyền Thuyết Thiên Nữ

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)
7 Bunko Volumes

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (592 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.45 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 25th 2017, 11:15am PST



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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (14 Volumes - Complete)

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Year Pos #1922 decreased(-1)

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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Aikanaro
June 19th, 2011, 7:20am
Something went badly wrong somewhere along the line. The premise is interesting and the start is promising - but what the hell happened after that?

I'm going to single out the romance as being particularly abysmal. I can't believe that these two people are in love. They keep telling me that they're in love and they sure have plenty of sex - but, well, what is there to love? The guy has no personality. It's like she fell in love with a particularly attractive brick wall. Gushing about how wonderful it is and how deeply, passionately in love you are with it is not convincing. Have they even had a conversation that wasn't about the business of the plot or about how madly in love they are? Certainly not on screen, and I can't see what they'd have to discuss together anyway.

So, yeah - the romance is thoroughly unconvincing. If they didn't keep insisting on it, I would think that they're acting, or that it's a shallow infatuation - but nope. Seems that I'm meant to believe in true love between a highschool girl and a guy whose only remarkable features are his looks and being able to kill people.

Beyond that, the pacing is bad, and the plot got lost somewhere along the way. I still have three volumes left, but it's been feeling directionless for a while. Why were half of these characters introduced, anyway? The plot hasn't advanced ... at all, really. The characters have achieved nothing and are content to fuddle around. Sometimes the villain seems to forward their nefarious (and nonsensical, poorly motivated) plan, but nothing ever really happens. The other villain stops by to posture from time to time. Altogether ... nothing really happens.

I should probably finish the rest, seeing I came this far - but I'm not looking forward to it. The romance element seems to have taken centre-stage and I'm pretty much just skimming through those pages now - they don't add anything.
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What a joke...   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
May 10th, 2016, 8:52pm
This series was a melodramatic trainwreck that just got worse and worse. How does anyone read through this sh*t? I got absolutely bored by chapter 35, and skipped to see the ending. Yup, still terrible. Hated every bit of this manga.

I started reading because i wanted to see how bad this is, and wow it's pretty terrible. None of the romance makes any sense whatsoever. It's all just wish-fulfillment. And it still sucks.
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Very sad   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by greekmidget
January 7th, 2007, 7:30pm
Don't watch this if you like happy undramatic manga. This will only make you cry.
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It had Potential...   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by BlackAriel98
January 29th, 2012, 2:58am
It's been a few months since I read this, but I remember it quite well.

It was good and original... till a point. After several chapters, I just got annoyed with it. The art (I know I can't do better) was mediocre in my opinion. Then again, many mangas had this look in the past.

The story was what sold me at first, but it just seemed too dramatic and boring after awhile. The romance was one of the reasons why I just stopped loving it.

Let me just say a few words. I hate Touya... there I said it. The guy potentially being the most loved by fan girls, and I just said what any sane girl would say. (Sorry Touya fans if that comment offended you) He was too... perfect. Everyone in this manga was too flawless, excluding the villains of course. I hate characters who are brave, unselfish, and basically the definition of heroic. What makes them interesting if they don't have any quirks separating them from the rest?

The end... I won't lie to you, I just sped through because I was just frustrated and wanted to see the end. Now, I know what many will think, "You don't know if you don't read it," or something along those lines. I did read majority of it, almost forcibly.

I know it may seem like I am just only dissing this manga, so I will say a few good things that I DID like about it. I did like the idea of the plot, it was something that I had never read or heard of before. I also liked how sometimes it was sad and not happy, making it so that it seemed more realistic. (Just as a heads up, many people do die in real life, or get some other misfortune fall upon them)

Now, let's end this long review with my personal rating for each section of Ayashi No Ceres. The beginning deserves an 8, the middle of the manga deserves a 7, and the ending deserves a 6.5.
(Merely my personal opinion, others will think differently than me)

... Last updated on January 29th, 2012, 3:01am
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Good but could be better   
Rating: N/A
by Krysic
December 19th, 2010, 10:44pm
Manga was boring, but anime was awesome!
I was so sad near the ending, it was a very touching story for me. Maybe a couple of parts confused me like the sudden population of 'ceres' but whatever. : P
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Manga Masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by water_angel
November 8th, 2007, 4:29pm
As a huge fan of Yuu Watase, I typically enjoy all of her manga, but I have to say that Ayashi no Ceres is definitely my favorite. The plot and characters are engaging and very well thought out. The story, although 14 volumes long, never felt repetitive or dragged out, because Watase was very good at introducing new story arcs that enhanced the overall development of her characters and progression of the story. With regards to the mature themes present in Ayashi no Ceres (such as the sex, violence, and deaths) they were not done senselessly, but instead were done purposely in congruence to developing the storyline and it's cohesiveness. The ending is absolutely beautiful with the way that it ties together everything from the beginning leading up to the end with perfect sense. Ayashi no Ceres is a tragic tale with underlying themes regarding humanity, love, and hope, depicted through its dramatic vices - a true manga masterpiece.

... Last updated on November 8th, 2007, 4:45pm
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Not bad   
Rating: N/A
by Chiira
April 20th, 2007, 9:20am
Not bad at all, but I think Fushigi Yuugi was better. A little exagerated in some aspects (violence and sadness), but I enjoined reading these manga series.
After all, Yuu Watase is Yuu Watase. ^_^
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i enjoyed it   
Rating: N/A
by blueangelxxx
January 31st, 2007, 4:39pm
i enjoyed it ,well then again i watched the anime and maybe itz a lilltle difffernt ,but i dont like fushigi yuugi for some reson . i would recommond for girls that like romance drama and it has action too
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by booknik
November 18th, 2010, 11:38am
Overblown storyline, yes. However, Clamp and Watase are the first two mangaka I was exposed to (through a friend), so I'm left with some loyalty to both even when they (it this case Watase) annoy me. The story could have been shorter because the main plot kept getting dragged on to a point where it was almost lost in all of the drama. To those reading for Watase's romance/tragedy it is perfect. For action/suspense junkies like me it prompted more than one roll of the eyes. I'm not going to say it was bad, I liked it, but it's up each reader to decide if the rising action of the story is worth reading through.
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Not bad   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
June 22nd, 2007, 1:28pm
As Chiira said, this series does exaggerate its sadness and violence. However, the storyline is interesting and doesn't have filler and the romance is angsty and painful, like any 'good' romance series. The main female character can be weak-willed and annoying at times, which is one of this series' flaws. It's definitely not a shoujo series for little girls. Anyone who likes this series may also like Ao no Fuuin.
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