Ultra Sword Manga

May 5th, 2005

Right off, special thanks to Touko_no_doriru-san who gave me this manga on my last day in Tokyo. Sir, I have not forgotten your kindness and I am getting together a pile of things to send you as soon as I can!

Also, special thanks to Youko, who warned me away from this manga because it had some icky stuff in it, right after I had read and enjoyed it! lol Thanks for watching out for my poor, battered, soul, sweetie. :-)

This manga was drawn by my current fave Hayashiya Shizuru, author and artist of Strawberry Shake Sweet from Yuri Shimai/Hime and Hayate Cross Blade, among many other titles.

Before you get all excited, let me be honest – while there is Yuri in this manga, it’s all service. And the story is comprised of much violence and rape. If these things bother you, then you will want to avoid this manga. If they do not – read on!

Four girls – tough Rui, gay Yuki, horny Aoi and creepy otaku Tsubasa, are given swords and told that they must protect the victim who is the sacred bride from a demon infestation that will attempt to obtain her for their leader. Confused, but determined, they set off to find this victim.

Enter Mizuki, a girl who is being severly molested on the train. Tsubasa saves her, but shows no social skills in doing so. Later that day, Mizuki is attacked again, by a guy in the park and Tsubasa saves her once more – this time accompanied by the rest of the gang. They identify Mizuki as their victim and swear to protect her from the multiple rapists, molesters and demonic seducers that she will have to face in future chapters.

They are only marginally successful. ^_^;

That is, the sexual violence continues, not only against Mizuki, but pretty much involving every female character in the book – including the four themselves. But as that is the plot, and the manga is REALLY honest about it, I can hardly fault it.

The first seducer is a really sexy hermaphrodite gym teacher, and later Rui’s obsessed kouhai appears and rapes her (having been possessed by the demon-y side) and finally Tsubasa gets possessed and goes all demony. That’s about it for Yuri, except Yuki’s genuine expressions of desire for Mizuki which are beaten down VERY forcefully by Rui.

If you prefer sweet lesbian love, really, take a pass on this manga.

If violence and rape don’t bother you or, like me, in context you can deal, then go ahead and brave this super-strange eromanga adventure.!

Ratings:
Art – 8
Story – /coughcough/
Characters – 6
Service – 10
Yuri – 6

Overall – Honestly, *maybe* a 6, but I liked it anyway!

Really – I think it’s just Hayashiya-sensei’s art. It made the horrible, constant sexual violence seem kind of…fun. -_-;

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4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    You’re welcome, sweetie. ;)
    BTW, it’s Hayashiya. The “ya” reading of the “ie” character (sorry, I’m sure you already know that).
    Have you read Morinaga Miruku’s “Mare” yet? It kind of reminded me of “Ultra Sword” (but with more creepiness and less wackiness), so naturally, I thought of you. ;)
    –Erin

  2. Anonymous says:

    is there a place where i can find this?

  3. Putting aside the question of *why* you would want something this vile, it’s pretty put of print.

    If you have a buyer in Japan, you can check the Amazon JP marketplace or Yahoo Japan Auctions. If you’re near a city with a used manga store, you can try looking there.

    Now that I think about it – I have no idea where I got my copy….

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