Jyu Oh-Sei is published by Tokyopop.
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
These notes cover the complete series, which wraps up in a tidy 3 volumes.
Delicate white-haired, white-skinned twin brothers Thor and Rei are kidnapped and left to fend for themselves on a dangerous prison planet after their politician father is killed. Can they survive on a planet populated by criminals and giant man-eating plants, and will they ever be able to get back to their home and find out why this happened to them?
This series is presented as 3 chunky volumes, each at least 1.5 times as thick as a normal Tokyopop manga volume.
The story may sound a little harsh but this is no Battle Royale: its more action/drama than horror or thriller.
The two elements I loved most about this series were:
- The plot is well paced and the story wraps up very satisfactorily. It really feels as if the author knew her ending before she started writing the series. Also, no character is safe from injury/death so any peril keeps you on the edge of your seat.
- Characters grow and evolve over the course of the series. The main character, Thor, especially is almost entirely unrecogniseable by the final volume as he has grown from a child to man. Seeing as so much time goes by, other characters also age and change their appearence over the course of the story.
The artwork is proficient: environments are very imaginative as the settlements characters live in are built to withstand some pretty scary weather conditions, and species of man-eating plants.
I was delighted to find a section at the back of volume two with design sheets for some of the vehicles, objects and settings that turn up in the comic. In volume 3 I was surprised to find the main story finished a couple of chapters before the end of the book. In this extra space there is a side story featuring some of what happened to a couple of important secondary characters in the middle of the main story timeline. Initially I was a bit dissapointed to have finished the main story early, but the side story did fill in some info and its a big plus that it was within the Jyu-Oh-Sei world and timeline, not completely unrelated (like most of the random ‘bonus’ stories you get at the back of manga volumes).