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ES: Eternal Sabbath, Volume 1 by Soryo…

ES: Eternal Sabbath, Volume 1

by Soryo Fuyumi

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What a fun book! I discovered this series in the adult graphic novels section of my library. This seems to be the largest manga series so I took a chance with volume 1. I found it really interesting. The story is of a handsome young man with extrasensory perception who is nameless at the beginning of the book. He can read the minds of others and change what they are thinking. Farther along in the book, he becomes acquainted with a young woman named Mine Kujyou who is a research investigator at the Touhou Medical University research lab. What was most interesting to me was when these two characters met and how they interacted.

There were other things I liked about this book. One was the art work in which some known places of Tokyo, Japan, were drawn realistically and I loved the intricate details in other drawings. I appreciated the annotation at the end of the book which explained how translation from Japanese has to take into account cultural differences between Japan and the west. What a fun exploration of another culture. Of course, I do distinguish between reality and fantasy!

I fully intend to read the rest of this series because the end of the book was a cliffhanger. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Apr 16, 2016 |
ES is a being able to enter the minds of people and rearrange or create memories to it's liking. The product of a scientific experiment, it survives by taking on the identity and entering the family of a dead boy named Ryousuke till it comes in contact with Mine, a neurological researcher who turns out to be one of the occasional "thick headed" individuals ES is mostly unable to manipulate the thoughts of. Sensing something odd about Ryousuke, Mine endeavors to find out more about him, discovering his frightening power and background and continuing to become more involved in a situation she does not fully understand...

My reaction to ES seems to be similar to one I've had to a lot of seinen I've seen well reviewed and tried myself: mature, interesting plot, well written for what it is, probably something I'd very much like to watch a movie about, but not something I'm emotionally engaged in enough to follow for more than a volume or two. Though Mine shows more emotion and has her share of personal/emotional concerns, both she and Ryousuke have a calm, detached feel to them. I can see how this quality might be used as a similarity between the two and something they will perhaps eventually bond over, but in the end I don't feel sympathy for the characters and end up reading in sort of a detached manner myself, interested in the history of ES, its creation and the others involved in it and how it will turn out, but feeling only a vague interest in the humans it is connected to.

My disappointment is entirely connected to my personal preferences for character-driven things, though. ES starts with an interesting concept that shows signs of expanding into interesting ways near the end of the volume. It's well written and fairly nicely paced, and other than my confusion as to why ES would suddenly take on the life of Ryousuke when he'd been wandering before, I've no complaints at all other than my personal wish for something less stoic. It saddens me that all the seinen I pick up with the most interesting psychological/sci-fi concepts all tend to have this same tone, though. ( )
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Ryousuke Akiba calls himself ES, a code name taken from a mysterious scientific experiment. Ryousuke will live to be at least two centuries old and possesses strange mental powers: He can enter people’s minds, discover their darkest secrets, even rearrange their memories so that complete strangers will treat him like family. Ryousuke acts not out of malice but for survival–wandering Tokyo for reasons known only to him. No one recognizes him for what he is . . . until Dr. Mine Kujyou, a determined researcher, meets someone who challenges everything she knows about science–ES, possessor of the Eternal Sabbath gene. But is he the only one?

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Ryousuke Akiba calls himself ES, a code name taken from a mysterious scientific experiment, and for reasons known only to him, he wanders Tokyo, surviving by entering people's minds, discovering their darkest secrets, and rearranging their memories.

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