“Age of Aquarius” – Juvenile Orion – 4/10 Snowballs

Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something. ~Thomas Edison

Genre: Action/Sci-Fi/Supernatural/Romance

Review Status: Complete (5 Volumes/5 Volumes)

Licensed: Yes, this manga is licensed in the US

Art: Well, the guys look pretty… But other than that, art is standard, backgrounds are non-existent, and there’s nothing stand-out about it.

Summary: Sixteen year old Mana returns to her hometown to unite with her childhood sweetheart after 7 years. But Kaname seems to have changed during their years apart. Mana’s presence sets off a chain of events that changes the lives of Kaname and his best friend Naoya forever. Their classmates Isshin and Tsukasa, and their teacher Tomonori find themselves drawn to her as well. They soon discover that they are all a part of the Aquarian Age – a secret war raging for thousands of years. Now the fate of the world hangs in the balance as one girl meets her destiny. (Amazon)

Review: It’s pretty common in Japan for anime series to drive merchandise sales. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing- often there’s a great story there to back it up. Juvenile Orion is a little different, having been made to supplement a card game that existed. Unfortunately, this 5 volume series is blatant commercialization, with nothing to commend it except some cute faces, implied yaoi, and a bit of action.

The plot has to move fast if you’re going to get together a group of guys to save the world in the page count this has. This suffers for it, with the characters collected as quickly as the cards they’re based on. There’s no real development to them, either. They’re one-note jokes and personalities. And they all happen to fall in love with the girl instantly- nothing screams ‘female fantasy’ louder than that, and she’s an utter Mary-Sue to boot.

There’s never a solid explanation given for what’s happening other than the five factions have been fighting for umpteen years, on one hand making the bloodshed seem incredibly vicious, but at the same time it seems that they would surely have wiped each other out by this point. Villains are as one-dimensional as the heroes. Plot threads are left hanging and unresolved. The ending is completely open-ended. It barely makes the grade as ‘average’, with the lack of offensive or downright stupid material saving it from a lower rating.

Overall, read only if you need some reverse-harem and bishies in your life. Otherwise, it’s okay to pass this up.

Recommended: 14+. The violence isn’t anything you wouldn’t see in a PG-13 movie. A few guys are occasionally shirtless.

Other titles you might enjoy:

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle manga)

Barajou no Kiss (manga)


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kasey eubanks
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 11:42:38

    are anymore gonna be made?!?!?!?!??!


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