Author: Hisamitsu Ueo and Shirou Tsunashima
Length: 3 Volumes with 18 Chapters
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Mystery, Yuri Subtext
WARNING!!! Do NOT read this, if you haven’t finished reading this manga. There are major spoilers that will ruin the story for you. If you only want to find out how I liked it, scroll all the way down. I’ve listed my ratings at the very end, so you don’t have to spoil yourself.
Story: 10/10 and Characters: 9.5/10
Through a random encounter Hatou Gaku meets her eventual best friend Marii Yukari. They become friends quickly, and Gaku soon notices that there is something odd about her friend. Through her purple eyes, Yukari perceives all humans as robots, and she is thus not able to read their emotions or even distinguish them from one another very well. Yet, there is one thing that she can understand better than any other person. She is able to see the inner workings of all living things and is thus able to repair anything and find their special abilities. Of course, most people wouldn’t believe someone to have such an odd ability, but Gaku soon finds herself in a situation in which she is forced to experience Yukari’s abilities firsthand.
Something similar to my description right here is what you’ll mostly find when looking for this specific manga. Though, this is not even a fraction of what this masterpiece is actually all about, but let’s start from the very beginning.
As mentioned above, Gaku and Yukari just randomly meet – by accidentally bumping into each other, which leads to them falling over and kissing. But their meeting, as random and meaningless as it seems at first, is the starting point of an incredible sci-fi adventure that I still can’t believe happened from the two of them simply bumping into each other.
To understand why I’m that amazed by the way things turned out in this manga, I think I’ll have to give you an overview of the main themes of this manga.
The first few chapters just show Gaku, Yukari and later also Nanami, Yukari’s childhood friend. We only follow the everyday life of the three girls, while finding out more about those mysterious purple eyes that give Yukari the ability to see the world in such a way. From that point on, the biggest problem seems to be the way Nanami and Gaku fear that Yukari can’t value her friends more than the plastic robot models that she’s so fond of building. So up to this point, the manga is pretty easy-going, with some comedy and other slice of life elements thrown into the story.
However, things drift into a more serious, violent and disturbing direction as soon as the first villain is introduced. Since I read the tags beforehand, I already expected things to get a little darker, but I was seriously disturbed to find such a sudden and drastic change of events.
Though, that is by far not all this manga has in store for us. We soon find out that thanks to her eyes, Yukari is capable of a lot more than we initially thought, and that is exactly why other people want to have this ability as well.
With the introduction of Alice, a child prodigy sent by a secret organization called Jaunt, the story finally reveals its true nature.
Yukari, who’s guided by Gaku’s words, joins Jaunt and is later found dead without any reason as to why she had to die. Disturbed by the sudden death of her friend, Gaku makes it her goal to find out and destroy whoever killed her precious friend. And to achieve this goal, she finds herself using the cell phone in her right hand to communicate with her other selves in other parallel universes.
As you may have noticed, this is the point where things get complicated. Countless theories, such as “Schrödingers Cat” for example are thrown into your face, mixed into the story and eventually adapted in a way that will probably make your head hurt.
At that point, the manga also turned into a huuuuuuge monologue, with Yukari and her numerous other selves simply trying out which way they could save Yukari. As you hopefully all noticed, it’s not just about finding the killers anymore. Gaku now found a way to go back and forth in time to make changes in order to find that one world in which she can save her friend from Jaunt.
It might sound completely ridiculous, but the way she explains how she is able to do all that and the way we see her try so many different things in so many different worlds, it’s simply amazing and mind-blowing how one could even come up with things like that.
It, of course, doesn’t just end there. Gaku doesn’t just learn how she can change different worlds by being connected to all her other selves, she also learns that, in the right world, she can make herself know about magic and can even become other people.
Though, the best thing about it all is how Gaku changes from that one innocent girl into numerous other beings, be it a ruthless killer, a magical girl, and even something close to a god.
Throughout the whole thing, I found myself trying to figure out just how the story could continue, and I was never right. It always continued in a way I couldn’t possibly come up with, but that was better than anything I could have imagined. Seriously, this was the most mind-blowing manga I’ve ever read, and I’d actually like to be able to go back in time, just so I can read it all over again.
I have seriously never heard of this artist, which actually doesn’t come as a surprise, since this is the only yuri manga he’s ever released.
But the reason why I started reading this manga was actually this one image that I found while going through the Dynasty Reader:
So, how much yuri did we actually get in this one? Well, I think this might be the reason why still so few yuri fans actually read this. It was first only tagged with yuri subtext. However, in one of the first chapters alone, we already see a yuri kiss, but then again, we also find out that Gaku is into men as well.
Though, as the story processes, it doesn’t really matter that she was or still is into men, since she gets together with Alice, who is head over heels in love with her anyway.
We get some pretty nice scenes between them, but those happen quite rarely.
In the end, we can also expect Gaku to have romantic feelings for Yukari, but I think we don’t even have to talk about that, since her feelings were already strong enough to make her go through all that.
So to answer the question from above: How much yuri does this manga have? My answer: Enough to start reading it.
Total Enjoyment: 9.5/10
If I didn’t make it clear enough already, I think that this manga is a masterpiece. I seriously can’t believe how someone can come up with something like this and still have it make sense.
Well, the only reason I didn’t give it a 10/10 is because I think they could have added some more yuri. Everything else was simply perfect. Right now, I’m actually hoping that this will get an anime adaptation, but since it’s seemingly not that popular, I can only hope that more people will realize its brilliance soon….
Total Enjoyment: 9.5/10