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

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  9,183 Ratings  ·  117 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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Feb 18, 2011 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
Gary Butler
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
65th book read in 2016.

Number 303 out of 558 on my all time book list.

Review Pending:
Nov 23, 2010 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!!
Laura (ローラ)
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
This is my favourite of Watase's series. The topic is slightly more dark, and the protagonist slightly less "sweet" than her others.
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is kind of interesting....
Apr 11, 2013 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
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenil
En su momento me fascinó la historia, hasta cuando era tan complicada que ya no reconocía casi a los personajes.

En esta relectura ha vuelto a engancharme el inicio como la primera vez. Aya es una chica de 16 años normal y corriente, y su hermano mellizo Aki también. Lo que les pasa en su cumpleaños les deja descolocados y sin saber muy bien que hacer. Nada les ha preparado para que su propia familia se vuelva contra ellos. Sé que Toya es el personaje del que Aya se siente atraida, pero en este p
Sep 02, 2009 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.
I found out Ayashi No Ceres back in 2010, and since then I've been telling myself I had to read it. Again, why did it take me so long to actually do it? It has a pretty cool story, and I really like the art.

So hello manga world... I'm here to stay.
Amanda (Is Not a Panda)
Jan 31, 2015 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.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-shojo
3.5 stars
Raven Black
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the beginning
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ehh...not really for me.
Lenida Bilanovic
I love this series and I am rereading it again! It has a great story with some twists and has some awesome main characters.
Judy (Geeky Reading)
[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
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,
Lil' Violet
Sep 30, 2011 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
Kristen Coffin
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
"One day a fisherman saw a tennyo bathing in the water. He stole her hagoromo and he made the tennyo, who couldn’t return to the heavens, his bride. The tennyo had no choice, and she even bore a child. One day, the child sand a song about the whereabouts of her hagoromo, which she found and went home to the skies."

(Review for entire series)

This was one of the first manga I read as a young teenager and (along with Red River) is one of the things that got me into manga and anime in general. This i
Katherine Petersdorf
Jan 28, 2015 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
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Christina Gonzalez
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
I read this series in high school - I think it was the second of her manga series that I started. I love Yuu Watase's art style and I've read and own pretty much everything she's published.

I finished the series more because I like her and wanted closure than from enjoyment of the storyline. What starts as a typical "girl meets hot guy and falls in love" story gets progressively more creepy and weird as the storyline progresses into who the main characters were in a previous life and their relat
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, romance
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
Mar 07, 2012 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 01, 2013 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
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shojo
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Oct 20, 2013 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
Apr 24, 2012 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
Chocolate Shinkansen
Jul 06, 2008 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
Laurelyn Anne
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm giving it a four for the art and nostalgia value. It's a bit melodramatic (or at least I read it that way thanks to the anime).

This is my review for the whole series FYI. Too much rape, it was gratuitous at points and I sometimes think it's lazy character development (although in this case the attempted gang rape I think was for shock value? Idk). The art is stunning, absolutely beautiful. I liked the fusion of technology and science fiction with a bunch of disparate world myths. It was stil
Cara James
Dec 16, 2012 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
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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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Ceres, Celestial Legend (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Ceres: Celestial Legend, Vol. 2: Yûhi
  • Ceres: Celestial Legend, Vol. 3: Suzumi
  • Ceres: Celestial Legend, Vol. 4: Chidori
  • Ceres: Celestial Legend, Vol. 5: Mikage
  • Ceres: Celestial Legend, Vol. 6: Shuro
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