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Ceres, Celestial Legend: Aya (Ceres, Celestial Legend #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,162 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Aya and her twin brother Aki thought they were going to a celebration of their sixteenth birthday at their grandfather's home, but the funeral-like atmosphere tips them off that something's not right. Their "birthday present" turns out to be a mummified hand--the power of which forces an awakening within Aya, and painful wounds all over Aki's body! Grandfather Mikage annou ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by VIZ Media LLC (first published 1997)
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Mazohyst
Mar 27, 2011 Mazohyst rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga, teens, library
I felt almost bad giving this only one star. When I was younger (say, 11 or 12), I adored Yuu Watase. She was one of the very first mangakas who introduced me to the manga world. Looking back on it now, I almost feel like she's overrated. Although, her manga is great for beginners. I thought her work was the greatest thing and that there was nothing else like it. Now that I've read more manga, her work suddenly seems below par. I've seen the same plot and the same stereotypical characters too ma ...more
Lindsey
Nov 28, 2010 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, shōjo
Really liking this series! Toya is pissing me off though, poor Yuhi! I'm team Yuhi all the way!!
alyza lalaine libit
Apr 11, 2013 alyza lalaine libit rated it it was amazing
i think i was in highschool when i came across the anime while channel surfing and saw it on AXN.
i loved it right away.
well there were some disturbing points in the story like incest (between aki and aya) and well the bed scenes and violence.
but like i said before it's essential to the story since it revolves around aki, aya and touya.
however i had to secretly watch the show since it contains mature stuff-which i'm not allowed to watch..hehe and i had to compete for the telly!!lol
i think the lov
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Amanda (Is Not a Panda)
Jan 31, 2015 Amanda (Is Not a Panda) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, 2015
There's some pretty interesting stuff happening here...
The plot has me interested so far and I love all these characters! I'll definitely be reading more to see where this goes.
Katherine Petersdorf
Jan 28, 2015 Katherine Petersdorf rated it it was amazing
*This review may contain a some small spoilers - also - I have re-read this many times, from weekly in Shojo Beat when it first came to American, to online, to hard copies at the library*

I love Ceres. As a series it is so addictive. The storyline is creepy, interesting, violent, and romantic.

The complex story of Aya is the most griping part, as well as how she interacts with all the people in her life. she is battling this inner demon most of the series, an angel named Ceres. However, in this b
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Sandy
Jun 10, 2010 Sandy rated it it was amazing
This manga is described as horror and that fits because it is much darker than Yuu Watase's other series. There is a lot of violence and this is displayed clearly from the vivid illustrations to the story itself it is rated correctly for older teens. But it is also a very good story there is folklore, fantasy, scifi and definitely romance because this is after all a shojo manga. Give it a read, I thought it was a a very good story that had me laughing and cringing and crying.
Ceejay
Jan 13, 2016 Ceejay rated it really liked it
Volume 1 of this Manga series starts out with a bang! It's the sixteenth birthday of Aya and her twin brother Aki. I don't do spoilers, so trust me when I say that they have the kind of a birthday nobody would ever want. Will either of the twins live? Will one of the twins be murdered? And what is up with the mummified hand that they receive as a gift? Who is the strange guy who keeps following Aya? Volume 1 also ends with a strange happening! Who is Ceres? I'll soon be reading volume 2 !!!!! Th ...more
Lysistrata
Jan 23, 2016 Lysistrata rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Oh, Yuu Watase. For a for chunk of the mid '00s to early '10s, her work was absolutely inescapable within the manga world. Gorgeous artwork combined with surprisingly well written stories (for the shojo genre, anyway), Watase's pioneering works are unrivaled even today. Of her many excellent multi-volume series, none can compare to her darkest and most mature manga, CERES, CELESTIAL LEGEND.

The story of the first volume is quite straight forward. When Aya Mikage and her twin brother turn sixteen,
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Rita
Read for TBRTakedown 2.0: First book in a series

A re-read of one of my favorite manga series. I got so many nostalgic feelings and anticipation for future events in the story to unfold. This first volume is not perfect and does move pretty fast but the slapstick humor juxtaposed with the horrifying events happened to Aya seem so natural and feels wonderful being able to find humor in difficult situations. The pacing reminds of me more of anime in how scenes and panels transition and are framed w
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Kate
Oct 10, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Ceres Celesual Legend review

Art: From the Artist of Fushigi Yugi. The art is soft and shojo and really a joy to look at the boys are hot and sexy and bishi while the girls are delicate the art is really well done B+

Characters: Aya and Aki Aya is a strong willed fun girl with a ticked off side like most shojo girls its your basic set up. She grows and learns thought out the manga making some new allies along the way. Aki is her twin brother and thats really all we know about him they are close b
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Judy (Geeky Reading)
~3/5
[This review is also available on my blog.]


I ended up getting the whole set of this series for a really good deal online. So, you know what that means? That I will be reviewing all of the volumes as I read them. I’m not sure how quickly that will go by, but either way, it’s happening.

This first volume was alright (aside from the fact that the first page in my copy was missing: ugh!). Not amazing, not horrible, but I’m sure it will only get better from here. I have read several other series b
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Heather
Jul 07, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
Meh. This series is so-so... the Mikage family is descended from a legendary celestial maiden of Japanese myth who married a human when he stole the feather robe that she needed to get back to Heaven. For some reason, at the age of 16 every woman of Mikage blood needs to be checked to see if she carries the powers of the celestial maiden. Aya has the powers, in spades, and this means that her family must kill her... for some reason. We don't really know why the maidens are a threat to their fami ...more
Kamilah
Jun 18, 2013 Kamilah rated it liked it
The series was a big ole confusion to me when I was younger. But rereading it helped see it was cool. No holds on this manga, anything goes and that made it intense. I will say I had my favorite characters. Yuhi was always my favorite because this story was so dark and he just made everything seem like it would turn out okay. Him and that crazy oba-San. I loved the connection between Aya and Aki as a bro and sis, really pulled at your emotions. But who I found really bland was Tooya. Just too bl ...more
Danielle Mccormick
Jan 02, 2013 Danielle Mccormick rated it really liked it
Shelves: mangas-comics
I'm not going to write a lot of manga reviews, simply because there are so many volumes in each series and I go through them far faster than novels. However, this series deserves a recommendation. Yuu Watase is without a doubt my favorite manga artist. Her artwork is always gorgeous, granted most popular shojo manga art IS, but hers really stands out as excellent. This series combines typical shojo supernatural/ magical girl business with elements of mythology and it contains an adult twist on t ...more
Lauren
Mar 09, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Yuu Watase is an amazing storyteller and draws some gorgeous artwork! She is one of my favorite manga authors and I love everything she has done. The characters in Ceres are amazing and imaginative and extremely easy to relate to. She is able to capture the character’s emotions amazingly with a realistic outlook on life. Aya’s reaction to finding out about her supernatural powers was real and her ongoing fight through all of her problems strikes the reader as something that would ring true. My f ...more
Kathy
Jan 28, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: shojo
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nikki
May 11, 2014 Nikki rated it really liked it
This book is fantastic! Aya Mikage and her twin brother Aki attend a not so sweet sixteen birthday party thrown by their grandfather. All of their family are dressed in black suits and the atmosphere is like a funeral. When they made to touch their "birthday gift" a mummified hand which brings forward their awakened celestrial powers, Aya seeing visions of blood and sudden slashed wounds on Aki's body. Turns out Aya has the celestrial heavenly maiden Ceres reincarnated inside her, but Aki's powe ...more
Chocolate Shinkansen
Jul 11, 2008 Chocolate Shinkansen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Women of all ages
I own the entire series of Ceres, and for good reason. This is a series that has many levels to it, and isn't just action or romance or horror, but so much more. There are so many wonderful things that go into Ceres, and though it is much darker than Yuu Watase's other works, it is still wonderful. The only problem I really have with it is the fact that Watase, because she doesn't want the series to be too dark, often interjects moments of comedy at the wrong times. However, despite this, the se ...more
Melissa
Apr 09, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Yep. I still love this series. It's been long enough that I don't remember everything that happened so it's kind of "new" and exciting again!
Jen Vance
Aug 24, 2014 Jen Vance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anime
Really enjoying this story. Checked it out from the library just to check it out. It was really good. Requested the next 5.
Sammi
Apr 12, 2014 Sammi rated it really liked it
I remember reading this when I was younger, and it kind of freaked me out. ALOT. Great story though. Darker then usual
Cara James
Dec 16, 2012 Cara James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-manga-books
Yuu Watase has done it again. After reading Mysterious Play, I was hooked. This book is much darker though. While Aya starts out as being what one can only describe as 'really annoying' that doesn't last long. She is put through so much in the course of these books that by the end of the first book she is a completely changed character. Despite the books sad premise, I have to say this is one of the most original, heart renching books I've ever read. Nothing has come close to Ceres and even thou ...more
Dylan
Sep 04, 2014 Dylan rated it really liked it
Really awesome first volume. I teared up a bit in the library while reading this.
Tina Olah
Apr 13, 2015 Tina Olah rated it really liked it
A good start to the series, with lots of suspenseful moments. Cute art too.
Stacy
Jan 05, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This is your typical Yuu Watase series. Overly romantic with a special leading lady falling in live with her first savior she comes across. I try to overlook the rat-tails and bad 80s/90s hair that the men have and that helps me take them more seriously. It's a fun read for girls but I don't see guys getting into it. As typical for Watase, it's filled with soap opera themes and the romance is laid on really thick.
Katie Gaulke
Oct 27, 2014 Katie Gaulke rated it liked it
It's a fun dumb drama filled manga - what more could you want?
Sarai
Nov 13, 2009 Sarai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Product Description
It's the funeral-like atmosphere that tips off the twins: things are not what they seem at their birthday party. That, and the fact that their birthday present turns out to be a mummified hand. Soon Grandfather Mikage pronounces Aki the heir to the Mikage fortune, declaring that Aya must die. But Aya has allies in Yuhi, the athletic cook and martial artist, and in the attractive, mysterious Toya.

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There were some panels of art where I was not sure what was supposed to be h
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Kelsey
Dec 26, 2014 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
also a fave series, ceres kicks my ass
Mandy Booknerd
Feb 06, 2014 Mandy Booknerd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aaaaahhh ich möchte weiterlesen!! :D
Ubalstecha
Jan 21, 2012 Ubalstecha rated it really liked it
When Aya turned sixteen, all she wanted as a karaoke party with her twin brother and their friends. Instead she is attacked by her family, who are trying to kill her because they think she is a threat to the family. It turns out Aya is the descendant of an angel and carries her heavenly powers. Before long, Aya is on the run, accused of her father's murder and hiding out with another of the angel's descendants.

This first volume of the manga series is quite interesting. Some nice layout of plot a
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A Japanse shoujo manga-ka. She is known for her works Fushigi Yūgi, Alice 19th, Ceres: The Celestial Legend, Fushigi Yūgi Genbu Kaiden and Absolute Boyfriend. She likes all music, except heavy metal and old traditional music.

She received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo for Ceres, Celestial Legend in 1997. Since writing her debut short story "Pajama de Ojama" ("An Intrusion in Pajamas"), Wata
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