Foreign Friday: Ceres Celestial Legend

This week’s Foreign Friday title is Ceres Celestial Legend by Yuu Watase.

The Story

Aya and her twin brother Aki thought they were going to a celebration of their sixteenth birthday at their grandfather’s home, but the funeral-like atmosphere tips them off that something’s not right. Their “birthday present” turns out to be a mummified hand–the power of which forces an awakening within Aya, and painful wounds all over Aki’s body! Grandfather Mikage announces that Aki will be heir to the Mikage fortune, and Aya must die! But Aya has allies in the athletic cook and martial artist Yûhi, and the attractive, mysterious Tôya. But can even two handsome and resourceful guys save Aya when it’s her own power that’s out of control?

The Characters

Everyone’s full of secrets, especially from themselves. Aya appears the most normal – with sudden, unhappy powers spitting out of her body. As for everyone else, even Aki, you just have to wonder what their angle is…

What I Thought

Honestly, this isn’t my type of series. In fact, I didn’t even manage to finish it, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. I just don’t enjoy stories that thrive on suffering like this. This has less romance than Watase’s more famous series, Fushigi Yugi, and less balance and humor than Alice 19th. I’ve heard it heralded as a horror title,  it is dark, unsettling, and occasionally gross, I got a vibe at the very beginning that told me it wasn’t going to end well, so that’s probably true. I mean, after the shock of the ending of CLAMP’s Tokyo Babylon, I wasn’t going to risk a week of depression over it. It had some promising features, but it just wasn’t enough to keep me reading. There are 14 volumes in the U.S….I believe.

Anyone have a more informed opinion?

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