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History isn't Tokidoki's strong subject. He's even forced to do make-up work at a high-tech history museum to bring up his failing grades. After losing an eye to a virtual reality monster in an Edo-period simulation, he finds himself unable to leave the game. Could it be real?


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v.24 c.154-156 by Easy Going Scans over 3 years ago
v.24 c.153 by Easy Going Scans over 3 years ago
v.24 c.152 by Easy Going Scans over 3 years ago
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24 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 24

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (417 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.89 / 10.0

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January 1st 2021, 9:01am



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Finally ended?  
by CCheshire
December 28th, 2019, 12:19pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
I started with the manga then anime but I feel like the series is endless with tons of cast members and the whole switching b/t fantasy and IRL plotline. I started maybe a decade ago but dropped it just recently but I will have a strange desire to read the entire manga since it's now completed at 24 vol. I wish they just did the same with cutting out the IRL setting and just focused on the whole time travel with my friends plot.

I have to say the colored art and covers are some of the loveliest artwork for manga even if the story is lacking. Still hoping someone will pick up her future manga works which will be written better.
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Very interesting  
by PZcolo
August 19th, 2016, 12:07pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
I like stories with a ayakashi theme and Amatsuki is better than most, the beginning is kinda unnecessary and confuses things, I don't really see the reason to make the main char have to travel in time, all it does so far is complicate things, it's the least enticing thing of the manga since it opens place to some conjectures I hope I'm wrong about. After the short trip to Edo it gets interesting but the future gets to interrupt the story every now and then.
Still, the focus of the manga is not the action thou there is quite a bit of it, the main plot is about fighting against fate, about the coexistence among ayakashi and humans, and god's (Teiten) roll in it, and it gets deeper as the story progresses, it's quite interesting and well done actually. Also the chars are very interesting too both in their interactions, "growth" (not in a sense of getting stronger but as how their views on things change and ain't static) and their personalities.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
chapters about the future: 38, 48
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by hotarusasaki
September 19th, 2014, 1:41pm
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
It's too tiring and confusing to read. If only the art was clearer, I feel like it's quite messy at times and the colouring is too dark. The black and white isn't balanced, and the art uses a lot of black and grey. That's just me being picky though. It's an interesting concept but I feel as if it's difficulty to read makes it not worth my time.
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Read +10 Volumes  
by Sircus
June 7th, 2014, 5:45pm
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
Its starts slow, confusing and boring. One could sum it up with the writer sucking at introductions but!! Then it wham zam bam bom picks up speed and becomes really good with a nice storyline. So you start to enjoy the story and twists then the writer decides to go deeper into the rabbit hole. This destroys the pacing so much and the chapters is like a jigsaw puzzle where the writer seemingly cant decide where they wanna go with the story. Urk! It could become an epic piece to be honest if they make a bundle in the future where they cut out a lot of bad chapters. To sum it up so far, slow start, great in the middle, screwed currently.
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by namu76
November 16th, 2012, 4:09am
Rating: 9.5  / 10.0
takayama shinobu's works are wonders.

this one is especially layered, mixing all sorts of things you could ever imagine, and that exactly what makes me love this series. she makes very few miscalculation (in fact, I can't find any) despite having another series running (haigakura) which makes me wonder just how smart she is. you know, some author tends to blunder when they make long running series. I think that's why some of them often go to hiatus...

well, since this is really really good, I'm itching for more release... >,<
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Confusing but Fascinating and Beautiful  
by whistlebird
March 1st, 2012, 11:20pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
The plot is complicated, and there are more and more questions that pile up as the series goes on, but the journey toward those answers is fascinating, fun, and deeply layered in mystery. I can't help but read on because I want to know more. I want to find out what's really going on.

It seems pretty straight forward at first--guy gets stuck in a very real sort of virtual reality and has to deal with all kinds of Edo world people and demons (and that's as far as the plot goes in the anime), but it's sooo much more interesting than that. The plot has two main sides: the things that happen to Tokidoki in the Edo fantasy world, and the mystery and intentions behind the high tech company that seems to have created this world in the first place. The possible connections between the two are dangled tantalizingly just out of reach. You get bits and pieces of the puzzle at a time, and as a reader you have to try to put them together while the characters face the dangers of a world constantly on the brink of two different wars: that tension between humans and demons and between the Japanese traditionalists and foreign "barbarians".

I think the main reason so many are confused is because of the amount of historical allusions and mythology that's packed into this story. There's also a good amount of science and psychology. Not to mention a few philosophical questions scattered throughout. This is the kind of manga that makes you think, and yet still makes you laugh and cry and feel horror. That's sometimes kind of hard to find all in one story.

The art is also amazing. I envy the author's drawing talent. Lots of detail and fine lines and the covers have a beautiful coloring style. The character's expressions (especially Tokidoki's smile) seem a little weird at first, but I now feel like there was a reason Toki's smile always seemed a little off back then. His problems went a little deeper than you'd think at first, and the character development he goes through while wading through them is subtle but feels really meaningful. At the same time, you can't really take him too seriously. He's still a goofy nut at heart, and plenty hilarious sometimes.

I just wish they would publish this in English already. I would buy this one, and I don't understand why they would sell the anime and not the manga when the manga is worlds better. Come one.

... Last updated on September 23rd, 2014, 12:51am
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Should be labeled sci-fi and mystery.  
by dezin19
July 19th, 2011, 9:53am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I think the genre lables are a little misleading...or is that just me?

This manga is confusing (I'm sure that has been established lol), BUT if you keep in mind that Toki's adventures take place inside virtual reality it makes a bit more sense. I think because people go into it thinking it's "time travel" and the parallel world is where all the confusion is coming from.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
In the beginning they go into a virtual Edo to research the era for a class project. In the real world an old acquaintance of Toki's and a group of others are looking into a computer tech company and the prodigy son (who is missing) of that company who was said to have something to do with VR. (Possibly it's creator? That's what I gathered from some of the chapters anyway.) As for the paralleled aspect, in my personal opinion, backed by some of the content in the manga, I believe this particular VR in Amatsuki is a new kind; one where a part of your consciousness splits upon entering the virtual world, allowing Toki and the others to still function fully in the real world. (As seen when Toki's friends in real life comment that he's different or 'not completely there' after visiting the virtual Edo.)
I'm not sure how some people conveniently forgot these facts and are labelling it as time travel and such to confuse new readers.
That said, it was a little unclear as to what Toki and the rest inside the virtual world are trying to accomplish (at least at first) and the fact that the manga also retains a lot of mystery can add to the confusion, but it also adds to the plot.

I would probably recommend to new readers to save this manga until after it's finished. This is one of those stories that requires you to remember exactly whats going on and what happened several chapters ago. This is difficult to do unless reading the chapters consecutively within a short span of time. Reading a couple chapters every few months really adds to the confusion and has required me having to go back and re-read the manga from several volumes leading up to the newly released chapters.

It seems that the plot becomes more clear somewhere around chapter 80 (if the raws are any indication). At least one (and likely a couple more) important questions are answered then. So for now, I myself have put this manga on hold until the scanlations reach that point.

... Last updated on August 7th, 2012, 4:20pm
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Has potential but confusing  
by deathcoy
April 8th, 2010, 4:37am
Rating: N/A
this manga definitely has potential, plotwise though its a bit confusing as mention by many. unfortunately cant expect much out of action though, since its mainly an "all talk" manga.

the bad thing is, since the plot relies on pieces of the puzzle coming together, i have to friggin re-read the entire manga every single friggin time a new chapter is released so that previous content chapters make sense and things fall into place... this imo is probably the reason why people wont like this manga... hell i've dropped and repick this dozens of times... wish the scans would come out 1 shot... or at least on regular basis...
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Anime and Manga  
by LUEser
January 13th, 2010, 10:36pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
I've never read the manga... But I've only watched the anime up more than 10 episodes, I believe. And well...the beginning was really catchy, him going to the weird but new world without knowing it but it just sort of crashed when there was really nothing more than his adventures with no real plot.
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I am waiting for the next scanslation  
by sosise
July 31st, 2009, 9:09pm
Rating: N/A
Nothing make sense in chinese. maybe coz i was too dependent on the english trasnlation. the story is amusing and confusing. everybody said so. but i bow down for the artwork and timing. yes; it is superb, clean, pretty but can make goosebump sometimes.
and for the BL suggestion: I found it between Bonten and Ginshuu. Anyone?
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