Manga: Global Garden

26 Jun

global_garden_01Global Garden is not a typical story. To be honest, I started to read it because Einstein was there. Not that I’m an Einstein fan, but I was really curious about how Einstein would fit in a manga. In general, it’s an enjoyable and meaningful read, but the plot is odd. The author is the same as in the famous Please Save My Earth series, which I haven’t read yet. Do you happen to like Hiwatari Saki’s works?

 

 

 

 

General Information

  • Author: Hiwatari Saki
  • Country: Japan
  • Volumes: 8
  • Chapters: 40
  • Genre: drama, romance, fantasy, supernatural, shojo, science fiction, gender bender
  • Status: Completed
  • Publication date: 2001-2005
  • Anime: No
  • Read it online on: mangafox

Synopsis:

After the atomic bombs are dropped in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Einstein feels nothing but regret, guilt and sorrow. Determined to repair all the damage before he dies, he administers some newly designed pills to elongate life to two kids (Hikaru and Haruhi) who can see the future in their dreams and entrusts them with the mission to look for “her”, for she is the only one who can grant him his wish through the power of the Global Garden.

Fifty years later at Tokyo, “she”, a girl named Ruika, is found. However, it turns out her current situation is complicated as life hasn’t gone easy on her. In order to please her mentally ill mother, she has being posing as her late older brother since she was little and she is striving to look more like him day by day. Unconsciously, she has being using her power to grant wishes to such extent that her body doesn’t even resemble that of a girl anymore, making her unable to grant Einstein’s wish.

Who can make Ruika wish for a life of her own to win over her wish to please her mother? Is it only granting Einstein’s wish what everybody wants her for or do they have any ulterior motives?

Art:

The characters designs are good. However, the author seems to have a fear for backgrounds since almost every time they are blank. And when there are backgrounds, they aren’t very detailed.

Characters:

Ruika’s devotion to her mother is touching and even insane as she has thrown away her own life for her, but deep down she wishes to be who she really is, a girl. At first I though that the fact that her body was a boy’s just because of her strong will was crazy and simply not credible, but later on there is a good explanation and so it’s ok. I think she was a good character; not specially annoying, not specially outstanding. However, it bugs me that she doesn’t even bat an eye when she learns the whole story about Einstein, the guys being actually really old and the Global Garden. At least, she doubts her powers for a little while. She also falls for Hikaru a bit too quickly, I think almost at first sight.

Hikaru isn’t exactly the the bad guy/troublemaker/dark type, but a normal guy with a cool vibe going on. He does have some secrets and is troubled by his past, though. I think he also falls for Ruika a bit too quickly, but after seeking for her and seeing her in his dreams, he has his reasons (arguably), so I’ll let it pass.

Haruhi is a more calculating and charming guy and the enemy, although he’s not all bad (which I like very much). He and Hikaru parted ways due to the dark past they share, so there is a good story to tell there.

And finally, Robin, the kid Hikaru adopted and follows him around. He’s mute, but very intelligent and soon he learns how to write and ends up communicating through a notebook. I totally love him! He’s so cute and has also a story of his own.

The best: 

  • It’s original.
  • It’s meaningful.
  • All the important characters are interesting and I like all his background stories.

The worst:

  • It feels like the author selected a bunch of different plots, cut them into pieces and jumbled some those pieces together. Do not misunderstand. It was good, but she didn’t blend them that well, which I think lead to some little bothering plot wholes and some confusion. However, it’s not a major problem to enjoy the story.
  • Even when some heavy stuff happened in Hikaru and Haruhi’s past, it’s treated lightly.

Spoilers:

Well, I’ve decided that if I need to explain myself a little bit more, this is the new section I’ll be doing. So, please, beware of spoilers!

What I mean in the first point of “the worst”, is that there are:

-Kids who can see the future.

-Pills to elongate life.

-Yggddrasil (the tree of life).

-A girl with powers to grant wishes.

-Haruki turning into some kind of beast because of some problems with the pill (never explained what the problem was).

-The beast resembling some kind of demon with wings (maybe a crow demon/tengu), which seems out of place in this story.

-Some kind of cult run by Haruhi.

-Really sad and dark backgrounds for some characters.

And putting everything together seems a bit… I don’t know. It makes sense and, at the same time, it doesn’t. Maybe it’s just me? I think it’s because it just needs more explanation…

What I mean in the second point of “the worst” (major spoiler, just in case) is that Haruhi killed his own parents and they let it go like if it were nothing. Well, ok…

Score:

6 out of 10. I really enjoyed the characters and the concept of the story, but it feels like it needs to explain things a bit more.

Quotes: 

“My formula is a double edge sword. It will be dependant upon the humans to use it.” -Albert Einstein

“You’ve hid your heart under a cover, right? And by parting with words, you compensate for it.” -Riuka

“I hear the leaves out of tune. Just what is happening to me? In front of someone I don’t even know, I’m crying.” -Ruika

“For you, this is really where everything starts.” -Robin

“We will always go together. Till the end of the ocean. Till the end of the universe. Till the end of time.”

“I too want to love someone enough to be able to go beyond space and time.” -Ruika

“Bring it on. From here on out, it is serious business.” -Haruhi

“He has a sick heart. He thinks everything will go his way.” -Ruika

“Dreams aren’t only meant to be dream. They need to be made into reality as well.” -Hikaru

“The possibilities may be less than 1%. Even so, for now I will believe.” -Ruika

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4 Responses to “Manga: Global Garden”

  1. arriacross June 26, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    I started to read this but eventually stopped. It’s because I just finished reading Please Save My Earth. I just don’t think that it’s as good as PSME. But most of the mangaka’s works are very fascinating.

    • Butterfly June 27, 2014 at 6:25 am #

      Then I really have to read PSME. Actually, what’s preventing me is the art as it looks very old, but I guess it’s worthy 🙂 Have you read any other manga by her? .

      Edit: I’ve just noticed there is a sequel for PSME??

      • arriacross June 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

        PSME is awesome! Although you have to get used to the art and focus on the story instead. You’ll find that it’s amazing, especially when you reach halfway. You won’t be able to stop. It made me sob like a baby.

        Yes, the sequel is Boku wo Tsutsumu Tsuki no Hikari. It features the same characters years later, but the main protagonists are their children. And the art is WAY better.

      • Butterfly June 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

        Then I think I’ll read it after I finish the one I’m reading now 🙂 I’m looking forward to it now!
        Yeah, I had a look and the art is way better. I think it’s a great think to see how the author’s artwork evolves 🙂

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