La Esperança, Volume 01by Chigusa Kawai Published 01 Dec 2005
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In a European school dorm, Georges Saphir is admired and loved by everyone. However, afraid of others doing him harm, he has never allowed anyone to get close. Why is it then that misfit Robere can effortlessly step over this line Georges has drawn and see right through him? Will getting too close to Robere result in a tragedy that justifies his worst fears?
"La Esperança, Volume 01" Reviews
I will write the review of the whole manga here since I have finished reading it :)
The whole series is pretty good and interesting. I kept reading chapter after another, till I finished it. considering the fact that there was a chapter, the way they placed it on the manga was strange, that it felt as if a whole new story started.( it was so different from the main story. I got so confused!! (note- it was a sub-story\ side story!!))
Strangely I was able to compare The relationship between the characters in the manga to our real world relationships. the way people interact with each other, how they love to gossip about others; merely because they got nothing else more interesting or useful to do, also the way they judge others by what they hear about them or how they look!
In my eyes, the most interesting character is the MC - Georges. I was curious about his past and his family and why he acted the way he did; and that led him to be called an angel, and he hated it but seriously, people really hate being called angelic, it just weighs a lot, and it will just leave them aware of themselves and their surroundings..
Lastly, I was in a dilemma if I should give 5 as a rating; since I won't give it a sec thought to read it again, or should I give it 3 since the MC was too angelic to be real :) and there was a strange chapter that it felt as if they added it randomly, I give it 4 - the middle is the best:")
Angsty slow moving shonen-ai. Not a fav.
Read all 7 volumes & I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this series seeing as I normally don't like reading anything that's heavy on religion. But I loved the story, the art work, & most importantly the characters. They were all funny and had real history behind them. I do wish we had gotten to see more of the side characters (mainly Josh).
[Review of 1-4]
One of the first yaoi (boys love) titles I read when I started getting into the genre last year.
It starts out with a lot of promise, has a nice atmosphere and the backdrop of having the setting at a Catholic boy's school is fairly nice, compared to many yaoi manga where it just kind of happens in a featureless void that's entirely set up just to get the two main characters together. (ok, so not that bad, but you get the idea.)
The characters are fairly well done, even if having one boy being the dark angsty one and the other one cheerful and feminine is beginning to look a little standard. Unfortunately, after volume 2, the plot was going nowhere fast. I liked parts of the character's inner monologues, but the plot (or lack of it) was nonexistent and wanders quite a bit.
By volume 4, the mangaka's tendency to draw the character's mouths squished up against the nose in the middle of the face was really bothering me. I know many early volumes of series start off with rough art, but come on- they were really starting to look kind of monstrous and that kinda ruins the whole lovey-dovey vibe for me.
If you are a yaoi/shounen-ai fan, you might like this title, but everyone else, stay far, far away.
It's listed as yaoi, but there's little of that stuff yet, just mostly character development, though I appreciate that. Instead of it all being about the characters hooking up, we're finding out who they are and getting some hints that their personalities will evolve. Georges, who is probably the intended uke by being shorter and blond, is an innocent but not an idiot. He's angsty at times but thankfully not fragile. Robert is still too much of an asshole and prone to literally yanking Georges around, which I find disappointing and hope doesn't last since the series is aiming on pairing them up. Maybe Georges can change him. This series hasn't been standard yaoi so far, so it's possible. We also have Henri, someone who's looking out for Georges' interests and doesn't like Robert much either so far, though some of that is jealousy, and Sir Freddy, the spoiled noble the dutiful Georges has been assigned to as official friend by the school.
But can we declare an end to the plot device as the uke reminding the seme of a lost (and often dead, often somehow by his hand) woman he loved? It's a cop-out that's becoming a cliche.
At a European boys’ Catholic school, everyone loves the gentle and devout Georges…everyone except the enigmatic and troubled Robert, who is determined to rip Georges’ mask off.
This seven volume series is pure soap opera, loaded with angst and melodrama and family secrets and remorse and betrayal. However, particularly the first volume shows a depth of character and understanding beyond that found in most other mangas. The characters’ fragmented, real-time realizations reveal the boys’ depths facet by tantalizing facet, with observations at once keen, poignant, subtle, unexpected, and deceptively simple.