From the creator of the surprisingly undistinguished manga which inspired the brilliant anime Revolutionary Girl Utena comes this strikingly incoherent manga.

Opening narration: Once upon a time, the source of the devil R's invincible powers was The Book of S&M. But one day a young man stole the book without knowing what it was, cut it into strips, and used it to create a girl doll named S and a boy doll named M out of papier-mache. With that act, the unimaginable power that the devil held from the book was divided between the two dolls!

Cut to Sekai, a Japanese schoolgirl, confessing her love to her classmate Midou. Her turns her down. The train crashes, and Sekai falls through time and space, and lands on a creepy boy, Sovieul, who looks about six years old but proclaims that she is his bride. And that they're now in 17th century France. And her soul is bound to a doll he has, because they both have jewels glued to their chests. She tries to take a photo, and is attacked by a mob who think she's a witch. Creepy Boy protects her, she runs, and a guy who looks just like a more swashbuckling Mudou appears and proclaims that she is his bride. He goes away and Creepy Boy returns and explains that the doll, S, gives him the power to travel through space and time.

Then they get arrested. Then there's random court intrigue. Then they're in court and she's sentenced to death. Not!Midou appears, identified by Creepy Boy as Machiavello. They squabble over some incomprehensible backstory. Machiavello also has a gem in his chest! He disappears and Sekai is tied to a stake to be burned. Creepy Boy offers to duel for her. Aramis appears and takes him up on it. This is Aramis:

Look at his rose-like face. Aramis castrated himself as a youth when he vowed to join the church.

Machiavello appears and demands her body. There's something about Louis XIV and poison. Sekai falls through time. Machiavello gets stabbed and dies. Then he's OK again. Some of that was probably a vision, I'm not sure whose. Something explodes. Creepy Boy wins the duel with Eunuch Musketeer. More intrigue with poisoned wine. Creepy Boy and Sekai ride off together in a cart.

That, my friends, is the end of Part I! In Part II, the second half of this slim manga volume, there are random sheep, Joan of Arc, Gilles de Rais, and much, much, much more random appearing and disappearing.

Has anyone read more of this? Does it ever make more sense? Does it ever make less?
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From: [identity profile] coffeeandink.livejournal.com


It makes even less! It's kind of astonishing. Also, there is no ending. I mean, seriously, that's not an aesthetic complaint about a determined lack of resolution. There is *no ending*. It was clearly supposed to continue on.

Gorgeous art, though.

From: [identity profile] vom-marlowe.livejournal.com


I got it for the art. It made no sense to me, either.

From: [identity profile] spectralbovine.livejournal.com


After the opening narration, it all just went over my head.

From: [identity profile] meganbmoore.livejournal.com


I cannot remotely follow the plot as related(meaning the actual thing would likely be "uuuuh..." for me), yet am oh-so-tempted...

From: [identity profile] faithhopetricks.livejournal.com


From the creator of the surprisingly undistinguished manga which inspired the brilliant anime Revolutionary Girl Utena comes this strikingly incoherent manga.

Ahaha, I love your openings.

Once upon a time, the source of the devil R's invincible powers was The Book of S&M

....but....

Look at his rose-like face. Aramis castrated himself as a youth when he vowed to join the church.

NO AUDEN SEX POEMS FOR YOU, ARAMIS

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com


I have certainly never seen the word "beveled" used in that context before.

His mouth sucky. I could hardly believe my luck.

...

The secret sluices of his juices began to unlock.

From: [identity profile] faithhopetricks.livejournal.com


Dude I think the word "beveled" woke up in that poem, looked around, clutched its aching head and thought "NO MORE ABSINTHE + SEAGRAM'S 7 FOR ME."

Oh Christ, what always gets me is

I plunged with a rhythmical lunge steady and slow,
And at every stroke made a corkscrew roll with my tongue.
His soul reeled in the feeling. He whimpered "Oh!"
As I tongued and squeezed and rolled and tickled and swung.


It's the "rolled and tickled and swung" bit. I think.

From: [identity profile] andyleggett.livejournal.com

Re: oh boy


O. M. And. G.

Hee. It reminds me of this recent review in the Sacramento News and Review about a collection of erotic/political stories. The story had pictures of the editor and two female contributors engaging in some mild softcore bondage...XD (Gotta love SN&R! Or hate it. The three are not mutually exclusive.)

From: [identity profile] lnhammer.livejournal.com


Chiho Saitou can be ... very uneven. I'm in the middle of Kakan no Madonna right now, which has a heroine, pursued by a handful of rennaissance Italian bishounen-cum-rulers, disguised as a boy pretending to be Leonard da Vinci's apprentice in Rome, while he looks for the legendary sword that will unify all Italy -- the location of which is partially encoded in her earring. Oh, and she can't draw, but does fence. And is technically married to the Count of Padua. It's not bad, but not one of her more coherent works.

(I kinda liked the Utena manga. But then, I'm also confused as to whether the anime adapted it, or they were both created in parallel, much like the movie and book of 2001.)

---L.

From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com


From my understanding, they were created at the same time.

From: [identity profile] coraa.livejournal.com


My... goodness. That almost sounds worth it for the sheer OMGWTF.

From: [identity profile] shati.livejournal.com


I've been confusedly curious about this manga since I saw the title (which was first given as "The World of S&M," IIRC -- changed for the English release?).

Thank you for increasing my confusion. Oh, Be-Papas.

From: [identity profile] cerusee.livejournal.com


I only remember two things about the plot of The World Exists for Me: first, that it was incoherent, and second, that it annoyed me because Cesare Borgia shows up and is evil and not hot, which was very distressing to me because at the time, I was sort of obsessed with Cantarella, in which Cesare Borgia is the protagonist, and though still evil, evil in a tragic, demon-haunted way, extremely hot, and trapped in a bisexual, incestuous love triangle with his half-sister, Lucrezia and his pet assassin, Michelotto. (They are both also very hot. Check for the nearest fire exit before reading.)

I did kinda dig the art, though. It's the sort of thing that might be better served by whiting out the dialogue so you don't get distracted by trying to make sense of it.

From: [identity profile] lnhammer.livejournal.com


Saitou also brings Cesare Borgia into Kakan no Madonna, where he is definitely quite bishie.

---L.

From: [identity profile] foleyartist1.livejournal.com


I remember when I read it in Japanese (yes, it's really called the World of S and M), and I recall it making perfect sense if and only if interpreted as follows:

"Okay, here's Ikuhara, and he's cackling maniacally. Then here's Chiho Saito saying 'But, no, but I don't...' And now Ikuhara is wanking madly. Okay, and then Ikurahara is like 'What if I do THIS because I can?! Mwahahaha! FRENCH!' and Saito is like 'Noooooo' and Ikurahara is going 'You know you like it, bitch' and here's Saito going '...I hate you but yes.'"

See, if you read it this way, everything is perfectly logical, including Louis XIV and the sheep. But if you read as, you know, something which is trying to tell a normal story with a plot written by rational people... then it's like being hit over the head repeatedly by a fish.
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From: [personal profile] snarp


I read about 45% of the first volume a while ago. It was sort of like this time I played tetris on a computer with a glitchy monitor that didn't show blue right, so I couldn't see the L-shaped ones. This high-quality metaphor may be licensed for use in other contexts for a nominal fee.

(I don't remember if the Tokyopop translation ever mentioned this, but "Sekai" means "the world.")
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