Item description for To Terra...Volume 1 by Keiko Takemiya...
Overview The Mu, a group of outcast humans with extrasensory powers, have tried to broker peace with the human race, but the humans' fears of telepathy and the Mu's fears of human social engineering have frustrated all hopes of peaceful coexistence.
Publishers Description The future. Having driven Terra to the brink of environmental collapse, humanity decides to reform itself by ushering in the age of Superior Domination (S.D.), a system of social control in which children are no longer the offspring of parents but progeny of a universal computer. The new social order, however, results in an unexpected byproduct: the Mu, a mutant race with extrasensory powers who are forced in exile by The System.
The saga begins on educational planet Ataraxia, where Jomy Marcus Shin, a brash and unpredictable teenager, is nervously preparing to enter adult society. When his Maturity Check goes wrong, the Mu intervene in the great hope that Jomy, who possesses Mu telepathy and human physical strength, can lead them back home, to Terra...
"To Terra... is an amazing piece of comic art, and no dedicated manga reader should pass it up." - Newtype USA
" An outstanding addition to the pantheon of great manga." - Comics212.net
"Either way this is sweet old skool sci-fi goodness (think Leiji Matsumoto) wrapped in Ooizumi Salon art with a flair for Ishinomori costume designs... Yeah this is a manga-wotaku's dream." - MangaCast
“The art stands out as unique as it did back 30 years ago. It feels both retro and progressive. Takemiya's settings and organic spaceships are simply awing to look at in each page.” –About Heroes
“To Terra is an engrossing ride through the stars… “ —Manga Maniac Café
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. She is noted in Japan as part of the “Magnificent Forty-Niners,” female artists who pioneered shojo manga (comics for girls), creating wonderful works that have inspired many of today's best-known manga artists.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Feb 20, 2007
ISBN 1932234675 ISBN13 9781932234671
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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 To Terra...Volume 1?
Journey to the Promised Land Aug 1, 2008
For your reading pleasure, Vertical, Inc. has released yet another classic manga, from yet another big time creator, about yet another utopian society gone horribly wrong.
In a future where mankind finds a new home in other planets, parental discipline goes out the window when a new social order controls the upbringing of children to wipe out corruption and moral decay. Jomy Marcus Shin, a lively 14 year old, struggles with doubts about entering adult society. When the "Maturity Check" that would decide Jomy's fate goes wrong, he is suddenly captured by the Mu, a race of mutant psychics created and oppressed by humanity. When the Mu choose Jomy as their new leader, he must accept his role--and control his own psychic abilities--in order to lead his people to Terra (Earth), their ancestral home.
There sure is a lot going on in this first volume, not only dealing with the main character, but also with the trials of several other characters, each one more interesting than the last. And because "To Terra" is no quick read, the reader may get lost fast. Once you take your time, though, you will lose yourself in the laughter, the tears, and the angst only a storyteller like Keiko Takemiya can inspire.
This comic is unrated: Violence, Adult Situations.
Disapointed Nov 7, 2007
I don't read manga aside from Tezuka, Tatsumi, and Yokoyama, but I gave this a try because Vertical-inc put it out and assumed that it would be decent at worst. It was so uninteresting and cliche that I literally felt I was punishing myself by finishing it. Maybe its geared toward a younger audience, but I really did not enjoy it and put it down without even finishing it.
"a refreshing Story that is as important today as it was in 1977" Sep 9, 2007
"To Terra..." is a refreshing Story that is as important today as it was in 1977. The Art is unique, creative and genuinely epic. It's narrative is well developed, mature and really does an excellent job of developing multiple characters in grand design. A worthy piece of Sci-Fi Manga that speaks in a prophetical manner.
Interesting Begining... Aug 18, 2007
I have never read sci-fi manga before..but that's not really the point of the series....it's just the setting. I rate this volume on the threshold of reading the third volume. There's a lot of introspection in this first volume and lots of set up. But you have to set the stage so it's a vital part of enjoying what is to come even if it's not as enjoyable as when the ball gets rolling. however. i highly recommend this manga, it deals with concepts that are above your typical manga fare. there are no girls in school uniforms or boys fighting little monsters here. The drawing is very beautiful,...but not as forceful as the intensity of the story may dictate. hang in there for volume 2!! it's completely worth it!
Best Manga I've read thus far Apr 26, 2007
I got into Manga with Shonen Jump where one of my favorite's is Hikaru No Go (A Manga based around the board game GO, the same author also wrote Death Note...another good Manga). I've also read Dragon Ball and a number of the other serialized Jump Manga. I picked up To Terra on the recommendation/review of the Geek Nights podcast[...]
All that being said, this is by far the best Manga I've read to date. It goes into far more depth than any of the Shonen Manga will ever go and while they are entertaining To Terra just feels more well rounded and gives a much more solid read. The artwork is fantastic...particularly for a 20+ year old Manga. I guess if you can draw...well...then you can draw!
By all means pick this manga up if you enjoy a good storyline and good artwork which is pretty much the point isn't it?