7thGarden: Volume 1 manga review
By Leroy Douresseaux
July 20, 2016 - 22:54
Rated “T+” for “Older Teen”
|7thGarden Volume 1 cover image|
is a shonen dark fantasy manga from creator Mitsu Izumi
. The series focuses on a gardener who finds himself caught in the middle of a struggle in which angels, demons, and humans fight for control of the world.
7th Garden, Vol. 1
(Chapters 1 to 4) opens in the Age of A.N. (Annu Nuntius), year 78. It is set in Exive
, one of the seven great continents, specifically in the village of Karna
. There, Awyn Gardener
protects his beautiful mistress, Mariphiel “Marie” Fiacre
, and lovingly tends the beautiful gardens on her estate.
However, there is a female demon hiding in the garden. Named Vyrde
, this demon is bent on world domination. In order to save Marie and the village, Awyn makes a deal with Vyrde and gains the ability to wield a powerful demon sword. But there is much about Vyrde that is unknown to Awyn.
The 7th Garden
manga is a comic book full of beautifully-drawn art. In some ways, it reminds me of the art featured in the shonen fantasy series, Rosario+Vampire
. 7th Garden
is like a black and white paperback art book with page of page of manga illustrations that dazzle the eye.
From a story perspective, 7th Garden Volume 1
is slow to develop. Honestly, I don't care for its internal mythology at this point because it seems like just another angels versus demons concept. It takes about 200 pages to suggest otherwise; by then, we have to wait for the next volume. I wonder if creator Mitsu Izumi was quite sure where she was going with this narrative early on. She teases a lot of intriguing plot lines and subplots, but the best stuff seems to come after the last-page cliffhanger. I think 7th Garden
has possibilities, but those will become obvious in future volumes.
Fans of shonen dark/action fantasy will want to try 7th Garden
Rating: B /10
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