Friday, 11 May 2012

Number 21! ~ILEGENES~

I promised to provide something different with my Top 25 Shoujo that wasn't exactly your cliché/ordinary shoujo plot.

So how bout a Shoujo with NO FEMALE characters?


At 21 its ILEGENES.

Author: Kuwabara Mizuna
Artist: Ishizue Kachiru
Genres: Shoujo, Drama, Action, School Life, Sci-fi

Ilegenes is an island internationally known for its prowess in genetic engineering research and technology. But behind the scenes, it is a breeding ground for illegal clones, which are sold for major profits in the black market.

After witnessing the death of his parents, our young protagonist, Fon F Littenber, is collected by the doctor who is an expert in neurology and the world famous designer cloning. Fon later joins the Ilegenes Military Academy to rid the island of both its connection to the black market and its tainted name: The Genetic Sodom. 
Within the academy, the intelligence  and physical abilities of Fon will earn him the envy of his classmates who accuse him of having been modified genetically by his adoptive father. Fortunately, Fon would makes good friends within the Academy; he is assisted by his room mate, Jack, who is generally a very carefree person. 

The main characters are male and there is no Romance to speak of, so what makes it a Shoujo??

It like No.6...which I have introduced in the first Shoujo May post: Bring the Girls Out! 

Only THREE things can save such a Shoujo:

  1. Bromance = A non-sexual relationship between two men that are unusually close. It describes the complicated love and affection shared by two straight males.
  2. Bishies = Beautiful, young men.
  3. Emotional plot > Action plot.

This project is saved by all above factors.

An interesting read, which I am sure you can tell by the synopsis; really makes you refelct on the consequences of cloning. Will the future ever become like that??

The beautiful people are everywhere, but it seems the more beautiful the more mentally twisted.

Most times I read Shoujo for a light read, to pass time. This is NOT one of those reads. Its too mentally and emotionally engaging to be.

Currently on scanlated Ch26, updates can be a bit slow, but definitely worth checking out!

Hope you do and Happy reading!

Let me know what you think!


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