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Ryousuke Akiba calls himself ES, a code name taken from a mysterious scientific experiment. He possesses strange mental powers: he can enter people's minds, discover their darkest secrets, even rearrange their memories. Ryousuke is an enigmatic and dangerous creation, but is he the only one?


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Associated Names
Вечный покой
エス エターナル サバス
영원의 안식처
ES: Eternal Sabbath
Esu Etānaru Sabasu
Eternal Sabbath
Xâm Nhập

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.79-82 by Inane & Hikaru no Go Translations over 12 years ago
v.8 c.77-78 by Hikaru no Go Translations & Inane over 12 years ago
v.8 c.75-76 by Inane & Hikaru no Go Translations over 12 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes 2002 (Complete)
5 Volumes 2006 (Complete)

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Eternal Sabbath by Jeshia


User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (967 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.24 / 10.0
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June 4th 2017, 10:32am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Del Rey (8 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #668 increased(+92)
3 Month Pos #772 decreased(-93)
6 Month Pos #681 decreased(-63)
Year Pos #634 decreased(-30)

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many lost opportunities   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by trepazoid
December 7th, 2010, 6:46pm
This was like a love/hate relationship for me. Half the time I was bored with all the rumination of "existence" (well, as shallow a consideration as the plot of a manga can get anyway). Character development was weak, especially for those other than Kujou and Akiba. Even the antagonist got very little exposure, and it seems the philosophical/psychological exploration with the whole ES thing was pretty weak in interpretation as well as fabrication. However, what interested me was the more humane existence Akiba had with his "foster" family(ies), but that was overtaken by the poorly executed rivalry with Izaku which seemed hurried and sloppy. The relationship between Kujou and Akiba also deserved more attention than it got. But of course, both Akiba's relationship with his foster family(ies) and that with Kujou were spoiled by what Izaku's existence.
In short, while the major characters had the potential to develop--and the story turned out to be touching in certain parts--the constant attention given to underdeveloped characters and shortchanged execution of events detracted from development of the main cast and made the whole thing an underwhelming read. I wanted to see more of Akiba with his family and Akiba with Kujou, but in the end both were underplayed. A pity.

... Last updated on December 7th, 2010, 6:52pm
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the art..   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by regnum
September 21st, 2010, 4:43am
The story is really exceptional and interesting for me who likes sci-fi and experimentations.
The art is really unique too, clear and very detailed. There's just something that bothers me and that is the lack of expressions in the faces of the characters. It's like the author tried so hard with their faces, and sometimes their feelings just don't reach you. Emotionless, stoic faces..And I can't remember if there is a single happy moment in the series or someone who "genuinely laughed" in the whole series. Their faces---it's just...blank..I'm sorry but for me, the characters' faces (inclusive of the main female lead) just looked empty...I guess it's the artist's style, but.....
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good manga but sad ending   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by bkmstr
August 23rd, 2010, 1:03pm
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So Akiba dies but his child survives, regardless of whether the ability is passed on, but I wish it didn't end tragically, since the way this ended means that the kid will likely be born into a single-parent family and will never know his/her real father, which is kind of sad, if you think about it...although that is thinking a little too much about a work of fiction
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by In-tuition
July 16th, 2010, 7:37am
This is the best seinen manga I've read. Souryo Fuyumi's works are very original and creative. I don't know what else I can say about this except that it's very, very good. Everything flows nicely, especially the art, which has a very clean quality about it and is also proportionally realistic.

I have to disagree with some comments about how this manga leaves questions unanswered. I haven't thought about it that way. Just take in what you are given. I feel that it answers a lot of questions, and it shows how the environment and social interaction affects our upbringing.

I was also pleasantly surprised with the ending. I knew
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Akiba was going to die, but I didn't know she was going to be pregnant with his child.
The ending was a bit rushed, it seemed, and I really do wish it would've ended happily for Akiba and Mine, but oh well.

Oh and by no means was this manga "boring crap". It's a work of art...every page, every dialogue.

... Last updated on July 16th, 2010, 7:39am
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Amazing, read it!   
Rating: N/A
by Leafy
June 12th, 2010, 10:25pm
I don't know why it took me so long to pick this manga up, but it was definetly worth it. The characters, the plot, everything was just perfect. It is definetly a tear jerker, but even if you're not a fan of tragedies, still give this one a chance. The ending was not what I had initially wanted and anticipated (you know, the typical happy cliched ending that everyone wants), but I was pleasantly suprised, I think it was the perfect ending to this manga.
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by zombiefetishlove
May 27th, 2010, 9:53pm
the romance was slightly boring and it seemed awkward-all of a sudden he just likes her when hes emotionally challenged before. and all of a sudden she likes him. kinda weird.
well, the plot could have done better if it were shortened, it seemed to drag on a bit, but there were good parts in there. even though
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basically every character died except for the girl and the other guy who was a research lab person

although its labeled as tragic, i wouldnt call it that, i didnt even shed a tear.

the beginning is good, but the ending is basically boring crap. no characterization of the main characters(yuri and her mother were good characterizations, though). so i guess read this on a slow day, because it also has a lot of psychology/workings of the brain in it.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Fundefined
January 3rd, 2010, 5:02pm
Not in it's subject matter or characterization, but in judging it.

ES is a introspective thriller on the nature of humans and despite its great care in sculpturing the characters, none of their questions seem to be answered satisfyingly as they are killed before they ever gain anything. The abrupt demise of the characters before their salvation is rather startling considering how close they were to a satisfying conclusion.

Yet their deaths don't add any characterizations to the remaining, instead one feels cheated by the author who could have done more with the plot. I'm not advocating for a necessary good end without deaths however I'm sad that characters that were built so strongly got discarded so haphazardly in a ending that could have been so much more.

... Last updated on January 3rd, 2010, 5:07pm
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So sad   
Rating: N/A
by John21
December 16th, 2009, 1:12am
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Man dis manga is deep. The mangaka really put a lot of thought in it. However i don't really like tragedy dat much so after reading dis one fet pretty damn sad. Nobody was saved. even the kid died. The most useless character eva Sakaki survived, and I just wish the female character was stronger. Ending shud have been happier but still it was k i guess. Art is amazing, and story iss really thought provoking
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by wait321
September 15th, 2009, 1:56pm
This manga has an original premise and interesting storyline. It works in a lot of deep emotions like love, pain, and guilt. It also brings up a lot of questions about the value of life.

However, it never really answered those questions. I'm not sure if the series was prematurely canceled but instead of the villain slowly finding the answers and becoming a normal human, the story just forced a quick ending.

Overall, this manga is definitely worth a read if you like psychological stories that aren't too deep.

... Last updated on September 15th, 2009, 1:56pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Romashk
September 5th, 2009, 11:08pm
Even though I enjoyed this story, it, kind of, wasn't enough. Well, it wasn't too melodramatic, gotta thank for that. But I feel like magaka should've kept rythm of the story as it was, and didn't hurry to end it all in the last volume. I don't know, I 'm not a writer, but cooking up the story took time, and everything had to end in a blink of an eye?
Good manga, but I don't think I'll be interested in reading it again.
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