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To Terra..., Vol. 1 (To Terra... #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  422 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Vertical (first published 1977)
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Dec 01, 2010 Mza rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christopher Kelly
I am enjoying this sci-fi melodrama in ways I didn't foresee. K. Takemiya's pages are as strangely built as they first appear -- panels angled like toppling dominoes, figures crossing with impunity from one panel into an adjacent one, widescreen bleeds evoking the vastness of space, and continuous overlapping, with no visual element being impermeable to any other -- but the bigger joy is how well-suited this chaos is to the story it tells. This is that rare experimental comix narrative whose exp ...more
Apr 27, 2009 Tatiana rated it really liked it
graphic novel manga

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First off let me say that I don't like graphic novels, especially manga, just because I have a hard time reading backwards and most of the stories are just too bizarre and, well, stupid. (Please no one hate me for saying that - just an opinion)

But I will say, I was pleasantly surprised by this manga. After retraining my brain to read right to left, I actually saw that this manga was intriguing and even relevant in a future sense of humanity polluting earth to the p
Sean O'Hara
Sep 14, 2011 Sean O'Hara rated it really liked it
So it's the future (yay!) and humanity has screwed up the Earth beyond recognition (boo!) To rectify their mistake, humanity as a whole decides to leave the planet temporarily and let it heal itself. While they're in exile, they set up a new order, Superior Dominion, with all dates being given in the years SD since the revitalization of Terra began.

As the name implies, Superior Dominion isn't all roses and puppy dogs. In order to remake humanity in a mould that can live in harmony with Earth, SD
Liz BooksandStuff
Sep 07, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
TOWARD THE TERRA: YEAR OF ANIMATION | FILM + SERIES + MANGA REVIEW: https://booksandstuff1357.wordpress.c...

Antiquated? Yes, but awesome.
Hannah Givens
May 09, 2015 Hannah Givens rated it liked it
Of all three volumes:

The idea is that in a fully computer-dependent society, and by that I mean on ONE particular computer, a group of psi-powered mutants (the Mu) have been exiled from society and for some reason think that going back to Terra will solve all their problems.

I liked this, but it's totally incomprehensible. All the characters are exactly the same except for the goals we're told they have, and those same informed goals are the only reason for the plot. The art, which is absolutely
I stumbled upon all three volumes of this series at the library, and decided to give it a go. Scifi, adventure, mystery, dystopian, yay!

Story: The futuristic society is interesting, the "Maturity Check" reminds me of ya-dystopian stories. I found this first part interesting, but kind of wished things would move along faster in the story. I don't know what to say: the mystery intrigues me (Terra, the Mu, what is really going on here?), but if I didn't have volume2 available straight away I might
Oct 26, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it
To Terra is a story with a delightfully retro feel and a fun scifi narrative. Being an older manga (and therefore less common in English translations) I can't help but feel some affection for it, just for it being older.

The art is beautiful, if you aren't put off by the large eyes, the sparkles and the explosive emotions. Characters are have very distinct looks and personalities.

The story line itself, with the 'mother' computer and the dying earth and the super human themes, is nothing new at
Amy Holliday
May 14, 2008 Amy Holliday rated it liked it
Imagine that the humans virtually destroy the planet with all of their waste and pollution. What can be done? Well, humans living on the planet Terra find themselves in this exact predicament and decide to create species that are better than humans. In this first volume of graphic novels, young Jomy Shin must face the reality of coming of age in a world where any imperfection is intolerable. Jomy is special and with the help of soldier Blue, and other MU (those humans that have created their own ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Jason rated it really liked it
An excerpt of my review for the full series:

Its vintage and historical significance alone make To Terra… worth a look, but there’s much more to it than that. This book is a space opera in the grandest sense of the word, but by filtering this manliest of genres through Takemiya’s shojo sensibilities, the result is a fascinating hybrid. Takemiya’s heroes are so wispy that it looks like a strong wind might blow them away, but their slender limbs and softened features do little to deaden how fiercel
Alexander Case
Jan 01, 2013 Alexander Case rated it really liked it
Shelves: anime-manga
This is kind of a slow-paced manga. This volume does a lot of world-building with regards to Terran society and Mu society, as well as our two leads views of their respective societies, Jomy Marcus Shin for the Mu, and Keith Anyan for the Terrans.

(This part may sound spoiler-ish, but it really isn't).

That said, thus far the story does a pretty good job of making the Terran society oppressive enough that you understand why the Mu rebelled, while also making the Terrans sympathetic - their society
Aug 16, 2016 Fadhila added it
Shelves: dnf
When I read this book I was in high hopes of this to be at less a 2 or 3 but it didn't get any stars. I mean the plot was very interesting and the art was great. However, the flow of everything was just messed up and turned it worst. The characters were childish and unrealistic. And there was so many characters use as plot devices that it became so awkward.
Anyways, to wrap up all my feelings about this book. It was boring and not exciting as I thought it would.
Chris Cabrera
Oct 18, 2013 Chris Cabrera rated it really liked it
So far this manga is quite something. Shoujo artists doing sci-fi was at first something I wasn't sure would have a favorable outcome but Takemiya blends just enough elements from Science fiction and shoujo to make it work without feeling like it leans outright towards one of the genres. The art is gorgeous, some unorthodox panel and speech bubble placement(ala Tezuka) is always a good way to wake up the reader, and the story doesn't feel totally shallow: it actually gets pretty existential and ...more
Elijah Kinch Spector
Sometimes hard to follow, but so beautifully drawn, and very interesting (when I know what's happening). If this was the first in 30 volumes, I might give up, but since it's a complete story in three I'm gonna see how it ends up...
Takemiya is a master of comics. Her art is some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
Sep 16, 2015 Vicki rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans (especially 70s era sci-si fans), manga fans, comic fans in general
Recommended to Vicki by: Online reviews and podcasts
Classic 70s sci-fi manga. This is an epic spanning 3 volumes, featuring futuristic computers controlling the human race, genetically superior telepaths, space battles and an interesting take on the nature of humanity and our relationship with our planet.

The artwork is very strong, with fantastic pacing to each page. The characters do look a little dated, and also more sparkly and girly than you might expect from a sci-fi manga. This is because To Terra was written and drawn by a top shojo (girls
Sep 17, 2014 Ilib4kids rated it liked it
Shelves: w_graphic
1980 Shogakukan Manga Award
To Terra..., Vol. 1
To Terra..., Vol. 2
To Terra..., Vol. 3
Jul 14, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
This was thoroughly entertaining.
May 01, 2016 Ruth rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, fiction
Although I'm typically not a fan of science fiction, Takemiya Keiko has done a wonderful job pulling together a concept of the future in a concise and yet compelling manner. Moreover, the characters are commanding, pulling in even the most hesitant of readers (such as myself). The art is a treat for old school manga fans, beautiful in its simplicity. I'm looking forward to reading the second volume as confrontation between the Terrans and Mu seems inevitable.
Jul 13, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
The first volume of this series has left me with brain pain. I want to like it, but the story isn't very straightforward. The artwork is eye candy though. Worth a read just for the drawings. I have a basic idea of what is going on and hopefully the next couple of volumes will clarify. I also can't figure out if Jomy is good, bad or a jerk. All of the above? I guess the main problem for me is just trying to figure who the good guys are versus the bad guys.
Jan 24, 2008 K T rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I took a look because the cover caught my eye (Chip Kidd is good at that). The classic scifi concepts are fun. The art style is also fascinating. Figures are so abstracted as to appear unhuman. They're all GIANT SHINING SOULFUL EYES.

Not much action, but cute.
Maria Kramer
Sep 09, 2011 Maria Kramer rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, scifi, dystopia
Despite some lovely art, I found this manga hard to get into, maybe for the same reason I have trouble with Tezuka's work -- the old style of manga is a bit jarring to someone used to Western comic book sensibilities. I really was left without much sense of the characters as people, or the setting as a real setting -- interesting as the premise was.
Ian Tripp
Mar 27, 2008 Ian Tripp rated it it was amazing
A triumph of manga, this is a well illustrated and written story of the Mu, a race of psychics who attempt to return to terra after being rejected by normal humans and their 'mother', a man-made super computer
Jul 15, 2008 Lord rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, sci-fi
Incredible artwork and the story that's a regular space opera rather than shojo makes this a timeless manga series. It's very old but still perfectly readable. A very nice surprise.
combined rating for all volumes
Sep 06, 2008 Rhiannon rated it liked it
Shelves: comic, translated
Enjoyed it - I find that I am a great fan of the "Well, we destroyed the it time for totalitarianism and brainwashing?" genre (see my love of the Uglies series).
Stephen Kelley
Solid story, but has aged quite a bit more than some other classic manga I've been reading. Reminds me a tad of either Shotaro Ishinomori or Osamu Tezuka.
Sep 30, 2008 Shannon rated it did not like it
Somehow Bookslut got me excited about this, and since I'd been grooving on Naruto and DeathNote so much, I picked this up. But man, it's pretty crappy.
Apr 15, 2016 Lorna rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, arrt
Difficult to follow, didn't care for the artwork, didn't make any sense. If this had been my first manga, I wouldn't have read any others.
Apr 17, 2008 R. rated it really liked it
Didn't read as shoujo at all. A little bi-shonen, but that's all. A really good read!
the gift
well now i have read a classic manga. i do not have to read any more.
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Zodiac: Aquarius
Name earlier also written 竹宮恵子 (note: it's the first kanji in her given name, 恵惠)

One of the 24-Gumi (Magnificent 49ers), the group of female manga artists that pioneered the shoujo genre. Professor of manga studies at Kyoto Seika University.
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