Item description for Andromeda Stories Volume 1 by Keiko Takemiya...
Overview The peaceful inhabitants of Planet Astria are threatened by a ruthless machine force in a story that explores the themes of humans versus machines and the power of destiny.
Publishers Description Cosmoralia's Prince Ithaca is about to wed Princess Lilia of Ayodoya and be crowned Astralta III. The apparently favorable celestial bearings mean he will be no mere monarch but holy king of a new "papacy". Alas, the peaceful inhabitants of Planet Astria have no clue that they're next in line for invasion by a ruthless machine force--a threat that seems to metaphorize the inherent perils of politics and desire in this multilayered saga. The tension slowly mounts to an unbearable pitch in this ominous first volume of three.
Following the conclusion of her award-winning and epochal To Terra..., Keiko Takemiya paired up with science fiction legend Ryu Mitsuse to create yet another milestone that was shortly made into an animated TV feature. Andromeda Stories is comics pioneer Takemiya's second work to appear in English.
"Takemiya is one of Japan's revered 49ers for a reason. She knows how to tell a story with her art, bringing out the subtlest of emotions and dramatic moments. From the opening pages when the winged goddess is brooding over the Cosmic Egg with sword-bearing angels in attendance, you know you're looking at something special."- Manga Life "Intended for young adult readers, this is a satisfying, classic story with stylish old-fashioned artwork. Takemiya's art flows well and is full of colorful details: the weird landscapes look like 1970s fantasy illustration or rock album covers, the costumes are sumptuous, and the silent mechanical invaders are mysterious and chilling." - Otaku USA
“I fell in love with the clockwork body snatchers and space opera storytelling she employs.” - Same Hat Blog “There's scarcely another title out there, new or old, that shoots this high and this far with its vision, so pick this up.” - Anime Advanced Media Network “Any first volume is hard to judge, but based on the potential of the story, the historical place of the creator, and Vertical's excellent publishing record for manga, this volume is recommended for all manga collections.” - Library Journal
"May be the best manga I've read all year. A+," - Comics-and-more.blogspot.com
Keiko Takemiya was one of the first female shojo manga writers, and has achieved great success with her science fiction and yaoi (boy-boy love) works. Andromeda Stories is a fantasy tale that invokes The Matrix and The Dark Crystal. It examines themes of man versus machine, and the inescapable grip of destiny.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Sep 11, 2007
ISBN 1932234845 ISBN13 9781932234848
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More About Keiko Takemiya
Keiko Takemiya was born in 1950 in Tokushima, Japan. She made her manga debut in 1968 with "The Sin of the Apple. "As part of one of the first seminal women manga collectives (the Magnificent 49ers), Takemiya founded what is now known as yaoi--the explosively popular gay homoerotic sugbenre of shojo manga. Takemiyas thematic diversity ranges beyond yaoi, however, from Sci-Fi to music appreciation and, in 1980, she won the 25th annual Shogakkan Manga Awa for "To Terra..." (published in the US by Vertical). Currently, she is a professor of Manga Arts at Kyoto Seika University's Art Department.
Reviews - What do customers think about Andromeda Stories Volume 1?
Not as good as To Terra...but still entertaining Oct 8, 2007
Things move quickly in this story and it's hard to sort all out. But i don't usually bother with describing the plot because it already provides this on the site and i'm reviewing it which means i'm giving you my opinion, what i think about it..not just what the story is.
I don't like the whole big bang being included because it seems a weird way to go about it as it seems completely off course, or really roundabout.
I'm not drawn to it like To Terra there's emotional impact missing. it's not as cerebral..it's just a big mystery that you want solved. interesting questions. It lacks the emotional depth and sense of purpose that TO terra had.
However if you like science fiction for the sake of it. you will find it here.
The drawing is ofcourse great and she still is a wonderful mangaka and i will purchase the rest of this series because i want to support her and get even more of her works published.