It’s Manga Monday. A weekly post highlighting a different series. I’ll mostly do posts on completed or ongoing series that are regularly updated. While I do not condone scanlations, please support the creator and licensing companies by purchasing the work where available.
This week’s manga is – Shitsurakuen
Himoto Sora is a transfer student with a sense of justice and dreams of becoming a knight. Upon arriving at Utopia Gakuen, she learns of a virtual reality-like game played by the male students in which they use girls as weapons in battles for status and treat them as commodities. Seeing one of these girls being abused she steps in and though some sort of error unwittingly becomes the first female participant of the game.
Here’s an oldie from 2009 that I greatly enjoyed in when I went on a manga-reading spree. The first thing about this series that kind of put me off was the fact that it was set in a school life society that was okay with treating girls like objects. I respect the ladies too much to even think this is okay in ANY scenario, even fiction. But the simple change that a female “knight” would transfer in to save all these damsels in distress made me feel like “this ought to be interesting to see.” It is quite obvious that Sora & friends end up with a happy ending; I mean it’s a story about a knight saving the princess(es). But the journey and trials that come with such a story are what makes the entire thing fun and engaging. It is just what “kind” of happy ending do you think will happen? If you ever got some free time, Shitsurakuen is a completed manga with only 24 chapters. I definitely recommend it!
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