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Innocent (SAKAMOTO Shinichi)  
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In the 18th century, seeking "freedom and equality", the event that became the starting point of modern French society, the French Revolution, began. There was one more protagonist that lived within the darkness, Henry Charles Sanson. He was the fourth generation family head of the Sanson Family, and executioner of Paris.

This is the historie of him nobly facing the harsh fate.

Note: Was nominated for the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Reader Award in 2014 and for the 8th Manga Taisho Award in 2015.


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Innocent Rouge (Sequel)

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v.9 c.88-99 by Hi wa Mata Noboru over 5 years ago
v.8 c.76-87 by Hi wa Mata Noboru over 5 years ago
v.7 c.65-75 by Hi wa Mata Noboru over 5 years ago
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9 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (185 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.7 / 10.0

Last Updated
July 16th 2021, 3:08am PST



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Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

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by VWombat
April 9th, 2018, 4:52pm
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
Great artwork and a great start, but the story devolves into a mess as the story continues. The protagonist develops in a bizarre and excessively sudden way (interesting idea, but poorly done). Arcs begin and end for no apparent reason, often leaving ideas inadequately explored. This happens prominently at the end, which is a 4-chapter arc introducing a new character and ending on a note that seems divergent from the development up to that point.
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Fantastic ageless artwork  
by LUEser
August 3rd, 2016, 8:52pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
If you're drawn in because of the artwork, you should be proud. The best thing about the artwork is the consistent attention to detail that has been presented in each panel, not to mention the fluidity and flow of both the plot and the artwork. The artwork is AMAZING, something you tend to stop and look at while reading each panel. I think the story has a good mixture of conversation and action. Although I am rather disturbed by some of the proportions of the human figure and even some themes presented in this manga, I still appreciate it overall.

The mangaka does a fantastic job of not only the artwork and the story (making you question which character existed in real life or which event happened in real life), but he's also able to create an atmosphere of melancholy, of fear, and even of excitement to pull readers in. He's able to create a background of both a physical and mental feel that lets the reader feel the character's personal pain and even joyous moments.

Overall, a very good read. The artwork won't leave you disappointed and the plot is definitely something that'll make you wanting more. There are however some confusion in trying to remember which character is who and what roles they play because of the (almost) mass introduction to a lot of characters who play an important role outside of the main plot, so you're left trying to remember who they are and what they did that was so significant to even be mentioned again.
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by imagenetik
May 1st, 2014, 6:22am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I don't know who wrote the summary to this manga, poor Louis XV was totally forgotten xD

All those summary facts though can't relay even 1 percent of drama that is going on with this manga. Manga itself is built on existing documents like memoirs of Henry Sanson (he's Charles' grandson) and others. If you read 4th volume notes, you will get all the information you need to know what sensei used as his basis. To be well-prepared on this topic at least a little bit, since I came to deeply adore this story, I read memoirs of Henry Sanson and other documents and I must say, though in general it looks like interpretation of sensei, it's still portrays many events that really DID happen in real life closely enough. After all you can't expect manga to be absolutely historically correct, can you? smile That would be boring.
Secondly, to represent the atmosphere of those times, let's not forget that everything back then was nowhere near how we live and communicate now, including manners, way of speaking and etiquette (that's what sensei told himself, I'm sure anyone will get the same answer from him if they ask him a question on his Instagram) he draws things that way, which may seem a bit theatrical and dramatic he said that he finds it important. With what I cannot but agree.
And last, but not least - Charles-Henri Sanson. I'm sure if you carefully start reading this manga you will come to appreciate it. Charles was born into unusual family and had to bear everything that comes with his family's past into his own future. His situation, where he doesn't really have a choice but being an executioner, was hurting him to no end, because his whole being was against it. His personal struggle continues and he has nothing left but make decisions that will form his own future. Sensei doesn't portray work of executioner one-sidedly, he perfectly shows executioners, prisoners, crowd from all angles to his best abilities.
And art. No need to mention that Sakamoto-sensei is a genius, his art is on such high level that it takes hours to simply appreciate beautifully drawn panels. But smile What I really want to thank him for is that he doesn't make this manga in a plain gore story, no, he takes it to a different level. He often uses something metaphoric to represent this or that action or something that is happening. Like pomegranate blowing up instead of skull, sword against a statue instead of vertebra etc. It doesn't happen all the time, but he uses it from time to time and that eases the reading process, but that's a personal opinion smile
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by NightSwan
January 11th, 2014, 1:34pm
Rating: N/A
Ah, well... I'm not even sure what to say about this.
Innocent is beautifully drawn, but strangely told.
All the scenes are very dramatic, even overtly so.
There are no "everyday" or "simple" moments, only epic and grandiose.
The pages have few panels and the close-ups are extreme in every way.

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As for the plot, I'm not sure how well researched it is. I mean, I'm all for gay protagonists in unusual settings like this, but where is it documented? Who was that Jean de Chartois? Was he a real person? Was he based on a real person? Is it mentioned anywhere that Charles Henry Sanson had homosexual inclinations? I'd like to do some further reading into the subject, but the manga has all kinds of inaccuracies sprinkled about.
Same goes for all the other secondary characters. I'm not saying authors can't take creative liberties with their works, but some of the scenes seem to come from nowhere.
I also wonder about the botched executions. Did that really happen? And did they really give a child of 14 (or however old he was, because you simply can't tell in this manga) the job of chopping heads and tying nooses? I'm also very surprised about the attire which was chosen for the job. That, and the fact that they didn't cover their faces. It's common knowledge that executioners were well despised back then, hence the hoodies and secrecy, but it seems that there's not such thing in the Sanson family, who proudly embraced their grim family business.

Regardless, I'm interested in reading on and seeing how it develops.
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Especially if Charles Henry gets more face time with some other boy/man.
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by doda_me
January 5th, 2014, 1:14pm
Rating: N/A
I've read all existing chapters in a gulp, and realized I'm now hooked.
The manga is so beautifully drawn, that some panels made me "lick the screen" smile
The story is developing nicely, captivating the reader and sending him in France of the XVIII century.
Please give the serie a try, it's a interesting read.
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