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About the Author

A manga artist for over ten years, Watase's debut came in 1989 at the age of 18 when her short story PAJAMA DE OJAMA (An Intrusion in Pajamas) appeared in the monthly Shojo Comic manga anthology. Since then she has written and drawn some 50 volumes worth of different short stories and long-running manga series, including the fantastically popular FUSHIGI YUGI, also available in English from VIZ. Her works have provided the basis for two television series, an OVA series, anime soundtrack CDs, and a string of novels.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 2nd edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569319804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569319802
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This series is just awesome. ^_^ Can't wait till volume 2 comes out!
C. Fritz
It is my personal belief that nearly anyone would enjoy this series, and I highly recommend it.
Sniima
Yuu Watase is an amazing storyteller and draws some gorgeous artwork!
Lauren Johnson

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Heather on April 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
Ayashi no Ceres' first volume promises the series to be a hit like Yu Watase's other famous work, Fushigi Yuugi. Ceres has a love triangle in the Fushigi Yuugi style, but the story is much darker. There is more blood and violence, and much less slapstick humor. The main character, Aya, is maturer than Miaka from fushigi yuugi (except she seems to fall hopelessly for one guy immediatly like Miaka did) Basically the plot is about the twins, Aya and Aki, who on their 16th birthday recieve a pretty weird present from their family that awakens strange powers in both of them. Suddenly Aya's family is trying to kill her, and she must run or be killed. Some parts of this manga actually reminded me of scream. ^_^ It's been called a horror, but I'de say it's a dark drama. Don't worry- there is some humor in it! More Mature humor though, so combined with the blood and stuff, I would say just use your own discretion. Overall, this was a great manga so buy it today!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Reel on March 22, 2002
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This series, being from the same creator of Fushigi Yugi is just as well written and illustrated. The story of a girl named Aya, who is forced to run for her life from her family on her 16th birthday, because she has become a "celestial being", what is a celestial being? Supposedly some sort of angel. In this volume it isn't too detailed on why her family would want to kill her because of the fact that she is a "heavenly maiden", I'm sure that will come later in the story. Of course there is a love story, Aya who is saved by a mysterious stranger named Touya, ends up falling for him. Of course there is so much more in this volume. Aya has a twin brother, who is supposed to be the reincarnated lover of the celestial angel that she has been reincarnated as. Weird?, yes!, but still very good, I can't wait to find out the true story of the Celestial maiden, and I can't wait to see the love blossom between Aya and Touya. If your a big fan of Fushigi Yugi, you have to get this!! Of course it's not as lighthearted, but still a fantastic series, if your new to this author's work, do yourself a favor. Be a little adventurous and get yourself this book. Trust me, you won't be dissapointed!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sniima on July 29, 2003
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This series begins the day before twins Aya and Aki Mikage's sixteenth birthday. Aya goes to an acclaimed fortune teller, only to get a seemingly ridiculous message. "In your future, Aya Mikage, you will be ruled by the star of darkness. I see blood, anger, devastation and sorrow...the destruction of all balance in the world. On the day the sixteenth star and moon align, your desiny will overtake you. Whether light or darkness triumphs is up to the great power of life you have within you."

However, that is only the beginning of the strangeness. When Aya recover's a woman's purse from a fleeing theif, she falls twenty feet from an overpass into a road. She doesn't just fall, though-she floats. Dazed, Aya stands in the street as a car rushes towards her. Enter Toya. He knocks Aya out of the car's path, saving her life. When her friends reach her, Toya disappears into the crowd.
Aya and Aki make plans with their friends to go out for karaoke for their birthday, but when the twins reach home, they are told by their parents that they have to go to their grandfather's house instead.
When they arrive at Grandfather's the next day, Aya and Aki are surprised to find all of their relatives sitting at a long table, dressed in black. Toya appears and puts a box down in front of them. Aya is surprisingly nervous, feeling her heart beat faster. Aki opens the box. Within it is a sort of shriveled up hand. The sight of it causes Aya to change for the first of what will be many times-into Ceres, a Heavenly Maiden. The mummified hand explodes. Breathing hard, Aya returns to her normal self. Confused, she turns to Aki. But something is happening to him, as well. Cuts appear all over his body and he slumps forward, unconscious and bleeding, onto the table.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tsubaki-hime on March 24, 2007
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I started out thinking I might buy this series. Then I changed my mind, but thought I might buy the volumes my library was missing and donate them. Then I decided it wasn't worth the bother to do even that. If you are a sucker for Gothic horror, or for twins, or for Gothic horror about twins, well . . . run out and buy TOKYO BABYLON or LEGAL DRUG right away. But feel free to get CERES VOL. 1 from your library. You will be one seriously happy camper for a few brief shining moments. The story begins with a teenaged brother and sister, Aki and Aya, who are about to turn sixteen, and whose inexplicably nervous and jumpy parents insist on taking them to their grandfather's gigantic mansion to "celebrate". I will say no more.

The problem comes AFTER Book 1, when the utterly cool premise has been established and one has to slog through the rest of the story. First problem: EVERYTHING falls a distant second to Aya's self-absorbed quest for love. In one early scene, ten innocent people are horribly burned in a fire. A whole three panels after witnessing this, our heroine whines "There's a fire burning in my heart too" because some guy is not paying her enough attention. It's enough to make one barf up blood. The problem is not just that she's self-centered, mind you, it's that the universe really DOES revolve around her. Strangers have nothing better to do than devote themselves body and soul to her protection. Men prettier than she is fall madly in love with her despite her lack of manners, morals, or intellect. And the INTERESTING villains who are trying to murder her for SENSIBLE reasons give way to idiot villains obsessed with getting into her panties.

Another reviewer mentioned that the heroine was not a good role model for teen girls.
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