Doors of Chaos

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Doors of Chaos
Doors of Chaos Vol 1.JPG
The first English volume of Doors of Chaos, published by Tokyopop on February 12, 2008
グレンツェン・テューア
(Grenzen Tur)
Genre Fantasy
Manga
Written by Ryoko Mitsuki
Published by SoftBank Creative
English publisher
Demographic Shōjo
Original run June 30, 2008February 2, 2009
Volumes 3
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Doors of Chaos (グレンツェン・テューア Grenzen Tur?, lit. German: Doors of the Border) is a manga written and illustrated by Ryoko Mitsuki. SoftBank Creative has released the manga's first tankōbon volume on June 30, 2008. As of August 2009, SoftBank Creative has released the third tankōbon volume on February 2, 2009. The manga is licensed in North America by Tokyopop.

Plot[edit]

Twin sisters Mizeria and Clarissa Rezelput are Harmonizers, able to manipulate the harmonies that exist in all living things. Confined to a locked garden, they have been raised by their guardian Rikhter Eintetta, trained and guided by his nurturing hand. The girls eagerly await their 16th birthday, practicing for their coming of age ceremony, when they will finally be recognized as true Harmonizers. With the passing of the ceremony, they will also gain new freedoms, and finally be able to leave their garden. However, when dark forces interfere during the ceremony, not only are Mizeria's dreams of freedom are destroyed and her sister kidnapped by turned-traitor Rikhter - the fate of the entire world is now at stake.

Characters[edit]

  • Mizeria Rezelput is the protagonist in Doors of Chaos because she is the only character with added first person dialogue. Her straight, dark hair distinguishes her from her twin Clarissa. She is the Closing Key to all four of the doors joining the Nocturnal and Diurnal worlds. She is a sickly 16-year-old, saying herself in the first chapter of volume one, "Ever since I was little..I've been weak and sickly. Though I've lost count of the number of times I've been bedridden,.." She wants to leave the garden and explore the world but is afraid of how vast it is.
  • Clarissa Rezelput is the twin of Mizeria, but has pale, wavy hair. She is the Opening Key and is mysteriously taken by Rikhter in the first chapter.
  • Rikhter Eintetta is the "Black Guardian" of the twins and their caretaker. He is 184 cm tall, his weight is 68 kg. He likes reading and napping, and dislikes vegetables. He betrays the twin sisters and kidnaps Clarissa for reasons unknown.
  • Zelfa is the "White Guardian" of the keys, sent to save and protect Mizeria by Nocturnals. He is 179 cm tall and weighs 61 kg. He enjoys wearing silver jewelry and practicing swordsmanship. He dislikes aristocrats and lectures.
  • Reichnet Adeuala Druaddle is king of the Druaddle palace where Mizeria and Clarissa go to attend their coming of age ceremony.
  • Luciana is "The Crimson Shadow". She is a young girl who resembles a sweet lolita but is, in reality, over 50 years old.
  • Eaney is "The Smiling Man". He is a large male over 60-years-old with a creepy smiling face. He is always seen with Luciano doing Rikhter's bidding.
  • Neleuro is known as the "Old Man Carrion".
  • Grifford is a man in Jishouin who oversees the entire operation of keeping the four Doors closed.
  • Benoir is Grifford's assistant.
  • Roudel is the "Flowing Elegance", a 20-year-old Nocturnal. He helps fight the evil that comes out of a door once it's opened. Using his harmonies, he shapeshifts into a black cat and a woman.
  • Vaamod, the "Ash Doll", is a mysterious figure that spends most of his time around Roudel. His face is a mask and he wears a long trench coat with a tricorn-like hat.
  • Ansance, the "Bone Man", is a head head that works with Rikhter. Often a sexual deviant. His height is 193 cm, his weight 18 kg. He likes fun and dislikes boredom.
  • Giselleis a well-endowed woman that is part of the Zazaata Branch of the Jishouin.
  • Zeracheciel is a mysterious "witch" from the past.

Release[edit]

The manga is licensed in France by Soleil,[1] in Finland by Pauna Media Group, in Hungary by Mangattack,[2] in Czech Republic as Dveře chaosu by Zoner Press[3] and in Russia as Двери Хаоса by Eksmo & Comix-ART.[4]

Volume list[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN North American release date North American ISBN
01 June 30, 2008[5] ISBN 978-4-7973-4933-7 February 12, 2008[6] ISBN 978-1-4278-0734-2
  • 01: "The Day The Bell Rang"
  • 02: "Bewilderment"
  • 03: "Those Who Silence The Bells"
  • 04: "The Hunt Begins"
  • 05: "For The Sake of Our Desires"
02 September 22, 2008[7] ISBN 978-4-7973-5125-5 August 12, 2008[8] ISBN 978-1-4278-0735-9
03 February 2, 2009[9] ISBN 978-4-7973-5221-4 ISBN —

Reception[edit]

IGN's A.E. Sparrow criticizes the manga for occasionally using modern language, which doesn't fit the time period of the manga.[10] Pop Culture Shock's Katherine Dacey criticizes the artist for putting too much detail into the manga's artwork.[11] Pop Syndicate's Amanda Rush commends the manga for its "beautiful" artwork.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doors of Chaos Tome 1" (in French). Soleil. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  2. ^ "A káosz kapui 1." (in Hungarian). japanimania.hu. June 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Dveře chaosu - 2. díl" (in Czech). Zoner Press. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  4. ^ Двери Хаоса (in Russian). Comix-ART. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  5. ^ グレンツェン・テューア (in Japanese). SoftBank Creative. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  6. ^ "Doors of Chaos 1". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  7. ^ グレンツェン・テューア (2) (in Japanese). SoftBank Creative. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Doors of Chaos 2". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  9. ^ グレンツェン・テューア (3) (in Japanese). SoftBank Creative. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  10. ^ Sparrow, A.E. "Doors of Chaos: Volume 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  11. ^ Dacey, Katherine (2008-02-13). "Doors of Chaos, Vol. 1". Pop Shock Culture. Archived from the original on 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  12. ^ Rush, Amanda (2008-11-27). "Doors of Chaos, Number Two by Ryoko Mitsuki". Pop Syndicate. Retrieved 2009-02-18. [dead link]

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