Victorian Era in Comics (Part I): Japanese Manga


I- KUROSHITSUJI (黒執事) by Toboso Yana [枢 やな]

"In the Victorian times of London, The Earl of the Phantomhive house, Ciel Phantomhive, needs to get his revenge on those who had humiliated him and destroyed what he loved. Not being able to do it alone he sells his soul to a demon he names Sebastian Michaelis. Now working as his butler, Sebastian must help the young Earl."

I REALLY REALLY LOVE THIS MANGA. In fact, it is my favourite one, and I do not really have preferences when it comes to anime or manga. And well, with that I already said a lot. From the first moment I liked it, my nick in all my social networks is Ciel LOOL I mean, I really like it.
The first time I knew about Kuroshitsuji was a long long time ago, almost 10 years ago when it was not yet known and the anime had not been made.
Yana Toboso has improved in terms of drawing through those years. She knows a lot in terms of history! (mainly of the 19th-century ) at the poing of mixing universal history and fiction/fantasy, and she does it very well.
I really recommend it!

Story 100/100
Drawing 100/100
Victorian facts 100/100
Fiction 100/100
Characters 100/100
Fashion 100/100


II- EMMA, A VICTORIAN ROMANCE (英國戀物語エマ) by Kaoru Mori [森 薫]

"In Victorian England, a young girl named Emma is rescued from a life of destitution and raised to become a proper British maid. When she meets William, the eldest son of a wealthy family, their love seems destined. But in this world, even matters of the heart are ruled by class distinctions."

I knew about this manga 5 years ago (more or less), but I could never finish it ... until this year (2017).
I need to mention that I never knew that there was an animation of it! Emma is a lovely girl, I dare to say that she has a resemblance of me... I mean of how serene she is, and not for the beauty she has, of course.
I really like the stories of romance between people of different social classes lol If you enjoy reading Jane Austen's novels, maybe this manga is for you.

Story 50/100
Drawing 40/100
Victorian facts 40/100
Fiction 30/100
Characters 30/100
Fashion 60/100


III- SHIRLEY by Kaoru Mori [森 薫]

"A collection of short stories that presents a further exploration into the stratified world of English society, portrayed through the experiences of young maids. Miss Bennett lives alone and keeps busy running the pub she inherited. Needing some help, she posts a notice for a maid. Along comes Shirley Madison, a girl who can clean and cook as well as any maid—even if she's only 13 years old!"

When it comes to historical manga, Kaoru Mori is the perfect author. The manga is not very long, and this year (2017) I have read on internet that there will be a continuation of the story. It was interesting to see almost everything from a little girl's perspective, and I hope to see Shirley as a full grow woman.

Story 40/100
Drawing 50/100
Victorian facts 25/100
Fiction 20/100
Characters 40/100
Fashion 70/100


IV- IBARA NO OKITE (いばらの掟) by Yuni Yukimura [雪村ゆに]

"Earl Craven's territory is laden with rules to abide - when the earl himself walks in the hallway, all servants present should turn their back on him, avoiding his gaze, which is why even his servants call him "the devil"... except for one. Priscilla is a maid in Earl Robert Craven's abode and is the only one who captured the young earl's tender heart. But what happens when a rich woman comes and calls the earl her future husband for the sake of business? Will their love prevail, or will their social status hinder them? This is a story about the struggles and trials of the star-crossed lovers."

A short cheesy story of romance between two people from different social classes yes, again It's nothing out of this world, but I mention it anyways for those who want to read something short and quickly.

Story 20/100
Drawing 30/100
Victorian facts 10/100
Fiction 29/100
Characters 20/100
Fashion 30/100


V- D.GRAY-MAN (ディー・グレイマン ) by Katsura Hoshino [星野 桂]

"Set in a fictional end of the 19th century England, it's the story of Allen Walker, a 15-year-old boy who roams the Earth in search of Innocence. Washed away to unknown parts of the world after The Great Flood, Innocence is the mysterious substance used to create weapons that obliterate demons known as akuma.
A born exorcist, Walker's primary anti-akuma weapon is the cross that's embossed on his red and disfigured left hand, which contains Innocence. But not only does Walker destroy akuma, he sees the akuma hiding inside a person's soul! Together with his fellow exorcists fighting under the command of the Black Order, Walker leads the battle against the Millennium Earl, the evil being out to destroy mankind."

Another manga that really worth it! I know that many people only know the anime, but give the manga a chance too!
I would say that the bad thing here is that the story is unfinished and something abandoned.

Story 100/100
Drawing 100/100
Victorian facts 10/100
Fiction 1000/100
Characters 100/100
Fashion 90/100


VI- PANDORA HEARTS ( パンドラハーツ) by Jun Mochizuki [望月淳]

"Oz Vessalius, heir to one of the duke houses, has just turned fifteen. His life is rich and carefree, darkened only by the constant absence of his father. At his coming-of-age ceremony, however, everything changes. For no reason that he can discern, he's cast into the prison known as the "Abyss", only to be saved by a "chain" known as Alice, the bloodstained black rabbit. Why was he cast into Abyss, how does Alice factor into it all, and what does the organization known as "Pandora" want with him...?"

Another story that is unfinished ... I hate when that happens. This manga has been stuck with the years, almost in a state of total abandonment. Personally, I had many problems understanding the story because it is too long and there is a lot of information. And not to mention the many strange names and unique characters.

Story 40/100
Drawing 90/100
Victorian facts 10/100
Fiction 100/100
Characters 70/100
Fashion 80/100


VII- YOUNG MISS HOLMES (クリスティ ハイテンション) by Kaoru Shintani [新谷 かおる]

"Christie is Sherlock Holmes' precocious niece. She lives in a beautiful home with her maids and her giant dog Nelson, who look after her in the absence of her parents. Her maids include the proper Annemarie and the unrefined, uneducated Nora, whose skill with her "Snake Tongue" whip occasionally comes in handy. Though Christie hates studying, she loves using logic to solve mysteries, and so she often ends up helping her uncle and Dr. Watson solve their cases.
Basically, the series follows Christie, the niece of Sherlock Holmes. She's shown to be incredibly clever and inquisitive, much to the chagrin of those close to her."

Unfortunately I have not read this manga yet because it is very hard to find...but I liked the idea of a version of sherlock holmes as a little girl.
As far as I could know, the story and the drawing are very vintage style, something my style!

Story -/100
Drawing -/100
Victorian facts -/100
Fiction -/100
Characters -/100
Fashion -/100


VIII- EARL CAÍN ( 伯爵カインシリーズ) by Kaori Yuki [由貴 香織里]

"Born under an evil moon harboring dark secrets, Earl Cain C. Hargreaves, the youthful heir of the aristocratic Hargreves family, is a man on a quest to find the truth about his family's past. Written in dark, harrowing episodes, The CAIN Saga chronicles how Cain solves the strange crimes that seem to plague his cursed existence, yet somehow bring him closer to deciphering the puzzling circumstances surrounding his father's tragic death.
Five gripping stories of love, friendship and betrayal--"Forgotten Juliet," "Branded Bibi," "The Youths Who Stopped Time," "Double," and "The Death of Cleo"--comprise this poignant first installment of Kaori Yuki's hit gothic manga series. Gothic fans will be left in awe long after this series has ended!"

Another comic that I have not read... unfortunately I have not had the opportunity or the necessary time for it.
I am going to recommend it anyway because I have read very good reviews about this saga!
I will keep it in mind to read it this year obligatorily!

Story -/100
Drawing -/100
Victorian facts -/100
Fiction -/100
Characters -/100
Fashion -/100


IX-THE EARL AND THE FAIRY (伯爵と妖精) by Mizue Tani [谷瑞恵]

"Lydia Carlton is a fairy doctor, one of the few people with the ability to see the magical creatures who share our world. During one of her rare trips to London to visit her father, Lydia’s quiet life is suddenly transformed when she is rescued from kidnappers by a mysterious young man!
Edgar Ashenbert claims to be descended from the human ruler of the fairy kingdom, and he urgently needs Lydia’s help to find and claim his birthright, the legendary sword of the Blue Knight Earl. Things will never be the same for Lydia as she is pulled into a dangerous quest against dark forces!"

I will be totally honest ... the story is not for me, it has not caught my attention at all.
But at least it was interesting that mixture of period life and fantasy.

Story 20/100
Drawing 70/100
Victorian facts 10/100
Fiction 90/100
Characters 50/100
Fashion 80/100


X- DOORS OF CHAOS (グレンツェン・テューア) by Ryoko Mitsuki

"Twin sisters Mizeria and Clarissa Rezelput are Harmonizers, able to manipulate the harmonies that exist in all living things. Confined to a locked garden, they have been raised by their guardian Rikhter Eintetta, trained and guided by his nurturing hand. The girls eagerly await their 16th birthday, practicing for their coming of age ceremony, when they will finally be recognized as true Harmonizers. With the passing of the ceremony, they will also gain new freedoms, and finally be able to leave their garden. However, when dark forces interfere during the ceremony, not only are Mizeria's dreams of freedom are destroyed and her sister kidnapped by turned-traitor Rikhter - the fate of the entire world is now at stake."

I did not have much hope for the story because manga stories from the first years of 2000 are some kind boring and somewhat pathetic too! (when it comes to fantasy genre....) but I liked it.
It was interesting and it catches your attention from the first time you read it!
The only complaint is the clothing...They looked more like the old school Lolita instead of a Victorian one... but well, we must understand that it is from 2009.

Story 85/100
Drawing 45/100
Victorian facts 10/100
Fiction 100/100
Characters 40/100
Fashion 40/100


XI- LADY VICTORIAN (レディーヴィクトリアン) by Naoko Moto [もとなおこ]

"When Bell comes to London, she hopes for a bright future. But fate plays trick on her. As she is working for an unpleasant family, a dead body is found in her bag and she is arrested. Fortunately, she is rescued by the kind Mr Noel Scott and Lady Ethel, whom she discovers later to be a man. After the incident, she comes across numerous events, which are either hilarious, dramatic and romantic. The story is set in Victorian era. It is about the adventure of a young girl, Bluebell Lily Everrose AKA Bell, who comes to London to seek for a job as a governess."

Another story that did not caught my attention... something strange because it usually happens with fantasy genre but in this case it is more realistic. It was boring for me! but is not really thaat bad, it...mmm ok, I think. Give it a try!

Story 40/100
Drawing 50/100
Victorian facts 50/100
Fiction 20/100
Characters 40/100
Fashion 100/100


XII- DANTALIAN NO SHOKA (ダンタリアンの書架) by Gakuto Mikumo [三雲 岳斗]

" From his late grandfather Viscount Disward, Huey has inherited The Mystical Library of Dantalian, a collection of powerful Mystical Books demonic and supernatural.
Together with the dark and mysterious Dariane, they pursue Mystical Books scattered across England."

Fantasy is not really my thing...
At least I give it an opportunity but almost always fantasy stories bored a lot, especially in comics and animations.
If you ejoy fantasy anime-manga, you can definitely like it! the story is not bad, but it is not for me.

Story 40/100
Drawing 40/100
Victorian facts 10/100
Fiction 100/100
Characters 40/100
Fashion 45/100


XIII -WILL O´WISP (小野寺サイカ) by Onodera Saika [ウィル・オ・ウィスプ]

" Hanna inherited her grandfather’s ability to make “elemental dolls,” but he forbade her to do that after she made her first doll, her maid Emily. After he died however, Hanna discovered a strange male “elemental doll” called Will in the basement of her grandfather’s workshop. Who made Will and for what purpose? Why is he calling her “master” and are there others like him? These are only a few of the mysteries Hanna has to solve."

Dolls and Victorian period... well, that is certainly my thing!
But the story is ok, just ok.
And I liked the clothing selection here!!
I do not have much to say about it... you know, fantasy... not my thing.

Story 50/100
Drawing 90/100
Victorian facts 10/100
Fiction 80/100
Characters 40/100
Fashion 100/100


XIV- CORSET NI TSUBASA by Naoko Moto [もとなおこ]

"Chris is a tomboy whose relatives send her away to a boarding school after her father dies. As she grows up in Victorian England, Chris must decide whether to give in to what society expects of her, or to challenge it and follow her own dreams."

Being totally honest, at first I didn't have so much hope for the story and I ended up liking it!
Apparently it is not finished since 2014 ... I feel helplessness because I really want to know how the story continues!
A very original idea that the story focused on not only on the characters, but of the corset as well! symbolizing the corset as an importan element for the whole story!

Story 100/100
Drawing 100/100
Victorian facts 100/100
Fiction 100/100
Characters 100/100
Fashion 100/100



THE BLACK MUSEUM SPRINGALD (黒博物館スプリンガルド) by Kazuhiro Fujita [藤田 和日郎]
the black museum springald

THE ANCIENT MAGUS'S BRIDE (魔法使いの嫁) by Kore Yamazaki [ヤマザキ コレ]
the ancient magus bride manga

ANGEL'S COFFIN (天使の柩 -アヴェ・マリア-) by You Higuri [氷栗優]

Ludwig II (ルートヴィヒⅡ世) by You Higuri [氷栗 優]
Ludwig II

Alto (アルト) by Koio Minato [こいおみなと ]

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ) by Hirohiko Araki




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