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La historia comienza en un mundo devastado por un virus mortal llamado “enfermedad de ángel”. Para resolver el misterio de esta pandemia, 3 sabios y una chica llamada Sera van en busca de respuestas al centro de Asia. Muchos enemigos y conspiraciones se cruzarán con ellos durante su camino. Argumento ideado por Mamoru Oshi (director de Ghost in the Shell) y posteriormenteLa historia comienza en un mundo devastado por un virus mortal llamado “enfermedad de ángel”. Para resolver el misterio de esta pandemia, 3 sabios y una chica llamada Sera van en busca de respuestas al centro de Asia. Muchos enemigos y conspiraciones se cruzarán con ellos durante su camino. Argumento ideado por Mamoru Oshi (director de Ghost in the Shell) y posteriormente desarrollado por Kon. Obra inacabada (la muerte de Kon impidió su finalización, aunque la historia es perfectamente entendible).Un homenaje póstumo....

Title : Seraphim: 266613336WINGS
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ISBN : 9788415921271
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 236 Pages
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Seraphim: 266613336WINGS Reviews

  • Edward Rathke
    2019-04-02 10:15

    This is amazing, but it's also an unfinished serial, so be warned!I wish I had known that before starting so I wouldn't have to deal with this massive disappointment! I think it could have been as good as Eden! It's an Endless World by Hiroki Endo. Super interesting concepts and worldbuilding going on, and it does feel like things were really ramping up by the time the serial stopped.So, yeah, it's super awesome, but it's like reading the first quarter of what might be your favorite novel only to discover that no one will ever finish it.

  • Christy Hanson
    2019-04-08 09:17

    The girl never speaks. I'm not sure why. She also has mysterious new age powers and is integral to changing the world. She wears indigenous-style clothing and seems to have a Native American appeal. I'm Native American, so that's why I picked this book up, only to find it was never finished.The storytelling was very slow. I feel I didn't get a good feel of the plot at all. Too many unanswered questions. Why were the zombie people attracted to the girl? Why were antagonists trying to kill her? What was the significance of her connection to non-sentient people and animals? Too many unanswered questions. This was more a waste of my time. Yes, the art was great, but I didn't feel there was a point to continuing to delve into this failed series. Mamoru Oshii should have pulled a Brandon Sanderson and finished writing this without Kon.

  • John
    2019-04-13 12:18

    For the book itself, 4 stars, for the rather lengthy afterword that goes into Oshii and Satoshi Kon's relationship, the manga magazine that Seraphim was originally published in, all of the political, symbolic and thematic elements in Seraphim that permeates most of Oshii's work and some of Kon's, easily 5. Highly recommend to anyone who grew up watching more mature manga in the 90's and loves Oshii, Kon, and the group of animators, directors and writers that came from the same generation to create very influential manga and films. Fair warning, this book was intended to be a longer series and so the manga ends somewhat abruptly. It's also a pretty dense read.

  • Wade Duvall
    2019-04-18 14:01

    Mamoru Oshii and Satoshi Kon collaborated to create this amazing but unfinished story. Kon is credited just as author, but he apparently had a lot of influence on the story, and, as I understand it, a disagreement over credit caused this story to be put on indefinite hiatus. Story is great and the art is great. The real question is: do you want to get engrossed in a story and a world just to have it be stop suddenly?

  • Aaron
    2019-04-23 12:04

    The riveting action and trippy inversion of modern dogma is precisely what one would expect from an Oshii-Kon manga partnership. That's the good news. The bad news is that it takes about sixty pages to get to there (more than one-fourth of the manga). SERAPHIM 266613336 WINGS is a clever literary manga, incomplete though it is. But it's greatest fault lies not in its incompleteness; rather, the comic's largest detriment rests in its too-patient storytelling. Readers must be patient to get the most out of this manga. The first six or seven chapters amount to standard political theater, and are therefore terribly uneventful and verge on insufferably boring. The crew of magi assigned to journey into the heart of Asia (which is torn apart by warlords and other malignant factions), include a malcontent soldier-scientist (Melchior), a former government worker who resigned in protest (Balthazar), a dog (Casper), and a girl seemingly incapable of speech (Sera). In SERAPHIM, Oshii's resplendent mashing of national politics and individual ambition work both in concert and in contrast with Kon's more deliberate psychological subterfuge. It's quite a ride, but only if one is patient enough.This is a high-concept book, no doubt about it. The story focuses on a rare, untraceable (and incurable) disease that has wreaked havoc across greater Asia and the rest of the world. Most die within a year of contracting the deadly seraphim virus; victims meet their fate through bone petrification, often in the shape of angel's wings. Whole nations are wiped out: both by the disease as well as by those charged with containing the contagion (indeed, Melchior's prior moniker is: "Yakob, the country killer"). Food and water are rationed. Refugees are fenced in (or out). Military services go to the highest bidder. The world is ending. There is no hope.But there is Sera, a little girl native to Central Asia. Sera has the seraphim disease. Sera, however, is the "time-stopped girl" -- and has not visibly aged for ten years. Few know of Sera, and those who do will do anything and everything to unearth her secret.SERAPHIM posits a number of beautiful and terrifying options for a humanity lost to itself. Nationalism succumbs to the weight of obligation, and pledges of rightness and purity and faith drown out practical measures of social justice meant to protect the innocent. There's a lot to take in here: disease, genocide, organized crime, the religious inquisition. Mamoru Oshii and the late Satoshi Kon gave birth to a fascinating world where all of humankind's social and moral constructs meant to save it from its own ills have suddenly become the source of its defeat in the face of god-like punishment.Again, this is high-concept book. Sadly, as a partnership between two very strong-willed creators, the book was bound to have its rough patches. The first half of the book is Oshii-driven: zooming mise-en-scene, stilted panel arrangement, less action and more political dialogue in focus. The second half of the book is more of a combination of Oshii and Kon's influence: dynamic action sequences, more engaging character banter, and page-turning art the story demands. SERAPHIM isn't particularly interesting until the core cast ventures into unknown territory, are duped by separatist religious fanatics, and must survive a bevy of violence not to reach their destination, but merely to get the gang back together so they can try to reach their destination.Oshii, as a writer and director, isn't known for placing obstacles in front of his characters. He challenges them, definitely, but only in principle and only from the outset. He prefers a direct, bare-bones approach and doesn't fancy dramatic irony at all. Kon was different, and it's clear SERAPHIM benefitted from his unique preferences. Kon favored piling up a protagonist's frustrations and competitive failings until success was the only possible option. A conflict of creative energies ultimately sunk this manga. But understanding its remarkable narrative concept and the aesthetical means through which it may have been accomplished may hopefully bring in readers curious for more literature like it.SERAPHIM is a book only a die-hard Oshii/Kon fan would enjoy with purpose. It's a good learning tool. And although Carl Gustav Horn's rambling essay in the back will surely put readers to sleep in an instant, his paper reinforces the creative and cultural contexts in which the book was molded (and fell apart).

  • Marlaina Connelly
    2019-04-23 14:09

    This is incomplete (my fault for not checking into this title before ordering it). Apparently the collaborators on this split up years ago, with this project unfinished. One guy is dead, the other has no interest in working on this anymore. The book just ends, no resolution at all, just when I was really getting into as well. Don't buy this, rent it from your library or borrow it from someone - but don't buy it. I'll be selling mine someday (or donating it), as there is no conclusion to this at all.

  • Monique
    2019-04-04 12:21

    Once again, Dark Horse presents a gorgeously translated book with bright, glossy pages and dark, rich ink. The colour pages, though few, are lovely. The first page is a pull out, poster-sized intro to the story, complete with an index of the chapters and the dates each chapter was published. The editor (Takashi Watanabe) of Animage, the magazine that Seraphim was released in, offers some words at the back of the book. It gives a bit of context to the relationship between the creators and their editor, as well as the time frame Seraphim came to be. Seraphim was the manga that took Nausicaa's place in the magazine. Thats how highly everyone thought of it on its release. So was it good? Yes, very much so. Satoshi Kon's illustrations are astounding and Mamoru Oshii's storytelling is dynamic. While I understand the two worked together on both, you can see whose style really stood out in both these fields. This was a wonderful pairing of creators. The story had a lot of originality, taking on Christian themes and Chinese history, offering a narrative that was dark but mesmerizing. This is not an easy story to read. Its requires your attention. Besides a few footnotes on cultural or historical references, both Oshii and Kon do not hold the reader's hand. I loved the mysteriousness and darkness of Seraphim. It really feels like an epic in the making. Its so unfortunate that it was never finished. Even in Satoshi Kon's Opus, he refers to Seraphim as 'his bastard child'. Despite the incompleteness of yet another work, it is a brilliant adventure I can very much recommend. Even if you are not a fan. At the back of the book are some character concept sheets, but perhaps the most interesting addition is the afterword by english edition editor, Carl Gustav Horn. This afterword is thick and packed with insightful information on not just Seraphim, but the time period the creators lived in. He mentions other works popular at the time, the impact that was being (slowly) made in the US, and the politics that influenced Oshii's writing. As China was such a prominent feature in the narrative, it was good to be told what was happening in China during the writing of Seraphim and prior to that. Influences that seem to have touched Oshii's writing are discussed in a detail that I appreciate greatly. Having context gave me a better understanding to the subtleties of the book. While perhaps not very interesting to the casual reader, I found it a great addition to an already interesting piece of work.

  • Joel Julian
    2019-04-15 09:23

    3.5Philosophical.Political.Pretentious.These are the three "P"'s we've come to expect from anything Oshi-spawned – and this book doesn't disappoint. It's a complex piece of science fiction layered with religious symbolism and a convoluted plot. All the things that tend to drive me nuts. However, it was very enjoyable. Though, frankly, it's only in the last third that it really starts to get going, which is a shame since the story doesn't actually conclude. This is a majorly posthumus work - I mean, this thing is way less than even half finished. Originally, I assumed that the project didn't go forward because of Satoshi's death, but it turns out this was written way back in the 90s! And all this time the project has remained unfinished due to creative differences and conflict over ownership.(sigh) Why can't we all just get along? (sigh)And it's a real shame, because it's only in that last bit you really start to see Satoshi's influence come through in the writing (weird dream sequences).The concept is really interesting, but the story doesn't really get going until the end of the book. Part of the reason it also takes a while to gain traction is the characters. Visually, you can differentiate between them, but in terms of what they say there's really very little to provide them with any real development. I'm confident though that this could have been a real corker had it been finished.Well worth the read if you're a fan of either Oshi or Kon, but don't expect to be blown away. The story ends abruptly and without any form of conclusion (unlike Opus), there is however a nice little article/mini-analysis at the back.Story – 3Art – 4Article/Analysis – 3.5

  • Alarica
    2019-04-24 11:01

    The plot is stereotypical; the world is having tons of problems, in this case a disease that (view spoiler)[gives you vivid hallucinations you don't want to escape as well as "angel" wings (hide spoiler)], and the only people who have a chance of saving everyone is a very unlikely group that consists of an old man, a stubby dog, a little girl, and a middle-aged looking guy with quite the temper. Even with that sort of plot, it was executed nicely. There are of course a few flaws here and there about the plot but I feel like that those flaws were only temporarily there and that character development would come in and save the day. A particular example is (view spoiler)[ how "Yakob" gets upset over how the leaders are trying to run their country and save whoever they can by throwing out the basic human rights rule but then he turns around and does the exact same thing by claiming he is a Magi and it's his job to do such things. So basically only he can decide who can live and who can die. (hide spoiler)]I was quite happy with the end as it seemed it was leading on to some intense plot line but sadly it ends right when things get interesting. Because of this I'm giving it three stars but it's still pretty good; I recommend it.

  • J.C.
    2019-03-28 15:14

    I really enjoyed the movies of Satoshi Kon so I decided to give his Manga a try (once I discovered he wrote Manga early in his career that is) and after one book I am very glad I did. I really enjoyed the imaginative story telling and the art work. The only small disappointment for me was that is was left unfinished, like, middle of the story unfinished, and I was really starting to enjoy where the story was going. It wasn't so much that the story was left unfinished but that I was unprepared for its abrupt sudden arrival. Reading the book in the Manga style took some getting used to and although I am open to trying more Manga stories I am reluctant to immerse myself deeply in the genre. There is just way too much stuff out there, it would take a second lifetime to read it all..

  • Francis
    2019-04-16 16:13

    Fabulosa Novela Gráfica inconclusa.A principios del siglo XXI una extraña enfermedad está asolando el mundo. Trae unos síntomas extraños, grandes dolores y deformaciones físicas (crecen una especie de alas) por ello se conoce como Seraphin.La Oms selecciona a dos investigadores, un perro y una niña para solucionar el problema. Los "magos" Melchor, Gaspar y Baltasar se enfrentarán a una carrera contra reloj para salvar al mundo, a Sera y a sus propias vidas.Una historia fabulosa, un dibujo desolador, entrañable e impactante y un ritmo trepidante.Qué más se puede pedir...Mezcla religión, mito y un nuevo mundo postapocalíptico.... en un escenario singular. No lo dejéis pasar.

  • Outerhound
    2019-04-17 11:15

    Manga de ciencia ficción con uno de los planteamientos más originales y prometedores que he leído dentro del género. Estos primeros números ya dejaban entender que sus creadores, impregnando la trama con ciertos detalles filosóficos y políticos, estaban dispuestos a gestar una obra pretenciosa. Una pena que las desavenencias entre Oshii y Kon llevaran a cancelar la serie que, de haber sido completada, seguro que se encontraría entre las más notables del género. Me uno a los que recomiendan su lectura para fans acérrimos de Kon o de Oshii, pues el final -inconcluso- deja con ganas de mucho más. Nota: 3.5

  • Ignacio
    2019-04-21 09:13

    Este tebeo de ciencia ficción carga con un lastre demasiado pesado. Estaba destinado a sustituir a Nausicäa del Valle del Viento en la revista en la que se publicaba, es uno de los escasos mangas de un gran talento como Satoshi Kon y quedó inconcluso después de las desavenencias de su tandem creativo. Una pena porque la historia prometía a pesar de que los últimos capítulos dejan entrever un cierto apresurmiento y una cierta desgana.Solo se lo recomendaría a fans totales de Kon. Para el resto, el coitus interruptus será difícilmente soportable.

  • Alex
    2019-04-10 16:01

    Three stars for the comic itself, plus a bonus star for the well-written afterword. Given the caliber of the names attached to this, I was expecting a bit more from the story, even if unfinished. It certainly fell quite short of Kon's "Opus", which was also unfinished but extremely satisfying regardless. This reminded me mostly of "Eden" by Hiroki Endo in both content and visual style, which isn't a bad thing, but having read a couple volumes of Eden prior to this, it diminished the impact of the work, I'm sure. Interesting nevertheless, and the closing essay is certainly worth a read.

  • Chris
    2019-04-09 16:58

    Maddeningly, eternally unfinished, yet such a gripping post apocalyptic tale. Kon and Oshii collaborated on this serial manga back in the early nineties, before Kon's premature death from pancreatic cancer, and this little abruptly interrupted gem was the result. This was meant to be their answer to Miyazaki's wildly popular Nausicaa manga. Over too soon. Worth a look, both historically and narratively.

  • Ghada
    2019-03-28 11:55

    The only negative thing about 'Seraphim...' is that it's on of those unfinished work that leaves you orphaned when you are done reading the last page! It reeks with promising plot-lines and perfectly constructed characters that you can't help but care about. If there's still a need for a proof that Mamoru Oshii and Satoshi Kon are geniuses, this is the work.

  • Adan
    2019-04-02 09:53

    The manga is of course unfinished, but it has a lot of neat ideas and looked like it was heading somewhere awesome. However, the real prize is the essay at the end by Carl Gustav Horn; an essay not just on Mamoru Oshii and Satoshi Kon, but on manga and anime and the culture that surrounds it. Worth the price of admission alone, that essay.

  • Bri74
    2019-04-22 12:11

    Bella edizione, e bel disegno, ma la storia è un "pastrocchio" piena di spiegoni scorrelati che non spiegano nulla di sensato. Tra l'altro è una storia mai completata, ma non credo che nessuno sentirà la mancanza di un finale. Meglio che Oshii e Kon si siano dedicati principalmente ad altro

  • FromAlderaan
    2019-04-08 13:01

    Esta novela solo tiene una cosa mala: que está inconclusa. A pesar de ello, se disfruta.

  • Babs
    2019-04-20 12:20


  • Imation
    2019-04-10 17:07

    Es buenísimo, pero está inconcluso, qué chasco

  • Justin Charity
    2019-04-15 15:17

    three stars for the manga itself, plus an additional star for Carl Horn's dutiful essay in back of book

  • Manuel Di Censo
    2019-03-29 10:07

    Se fosse stato completato sarebbe divenuto un capolavoro, di quei fumetti che fanno la storia. Peccato. È sempre un dispiacere veder morire grandi idee così presto.

  • Laura
    2019-04-11 10:11

    loved the drawings, the characters and the story.... I can't stop thinking about it!

  • A.J. Culpepper
    2019-03-29 09:06

    Awesome story! I love the detail and historical references. It's too bad it was never truly finished but where it leaves off works, too.