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"God's creations need no wills of their own... they should listen to the voice of god."
The Priest
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Wings of Vendemiaire (Vendemiaire No Tsubasa) is the debut manga by mangaka Mohiro Kitoh, who later went on to create the better known Narutaru and Bokurano. It is a two-volume collection of short stories involving six Artificial Humans known as Vendemiaires. It takes place in France both before and after World War I, and starts off when Ray, a young boy, meets Vendemiaire #1 for the first time, and ends the day after Ray dies.


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This manga provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Human: Vendemiaire #2's master. He has Pointy Ears, and seems to exert some sort of supernatural control over Vendemiaire and his other automatons. He also has a pet crow who apparently has magical powers of its own.
  • Armour-Piercing Slap: Vendemiaire #5 to Avary
  • Artificial Humans
  • Children Are Innocent: Mostly played straight, unlike Kitoh's later works. Subverted with Brumaire.
  • Book-Ends: The manga begins and ends with the same shot of a road going over the horizon. At the beginning young Ray is coming home with his motorcycle, and at the end Vendemiaire is leaving on a bike after she had sex with old Ray's dead body.
  • Cool Plane: In order to free Vendemiaire #2 from her cruel master, a stunt pilot enters an air race with his prototype airplane. It doesn't work, and he loses.
    • In the final chapter, a twin-fuselage jet bearing the names of Avary and Vendemiaire #5 is shown.
  • Creepy Crows: Vendemiaire #2's master has a pet crow. Like its owner, the crow is implied to have some supernatural powers, as it appears alive and well later on after getting hit by an airplane.
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  • Diagonal Cut: The circus ringmaster breaks apart Vendemiaire #1 with a slash of his whip, and also cuts Ray's hand with it.
  • Distant Finale
  • Do Androids Dream?: One of the recurring themes.
  • Driven to Suicide: Vendemiaire #2 kills herself after Ray fails to free her from her master.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: For some reason, The Priest wears goggles.
  • Gonk: Some of the circus freaks (it goes without saying). One looks like a monkey.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Brumaire makes Vendemiaire #4 kill a rabbit caught in a trap with a stone. Later, when Brumaire gets caught in a trap, Vendemiaire kills Brumaire with the stone.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Subverted with Vendemiaire #5.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Brumaire
  • Ill Girl: Thermidor
  • Multicolored Hair: "Sixty-Three", the orphaned trapper guy, has a head of blond hair with a tuft of dark hair on the forehead.
  • Repulsive Ringmaster: The villain of the first story.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots
  • Robot Girl
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Inverted; Milton dislikes violence and does not fight, unlike most other noblemen.
  • Sinister Minister: The Priest definitely counts, he can also be seen as a Badass Preacher, since he's pretty good at fighting.
  • Soul Jar: When Milton throws the Priest's bible into the fireplace, the priest catches fire and burns to death.
  • Steam Punk: Has all the trappings— zeppelins, clockwork automatons, and huge steam-powered trucks.
  • Surprise Creepy
  • Theme Naming: In every chapter there is a female character named after a month of the French Republican calendar.
  • Time Skip
  • Winged Humanoid: All the Vendemiaires except for one.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The main source of conflict.
  • Whip It Good: A whip is the circus ringmaster's favourite weapon, he is seen destroying one of his artificial humans and cutting Vendemiaire #1 in half with it.
  • You Have Failed Me: The ringmaster destroys one of his automatons (see above) for not having performed well during the show.
  • Zeppelins from Another World: Chapter 5 takes place on a Zeppelin. However, airplanes are also present.

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