Ultima: The Maze of Schwarzschild

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Ultima: The Maze of Schwarzschild ウルテイマ ~ シュワルツシルドの迷宮 (Urutima ~ Shuwarutsushirudo no Meikyuu) is an Ultima-inspired manga created by artist Seiji Tanaka. It was published on November 15, 1991 by JICC and originally sold for ¥980.


The manga is a direct continuation of the "Exodus" manga. Aida and Lennon have resurfaced in Genji's outer-space "homeworld," under new identities as caretakers of a space station. But so have Mondain and Minax - as scientists who have discovered the remnants of Exodus trapped within an asteroid and seek a way to unseal the dark god.

The hero Genji is shown on the front cover, with Aida, Lennon and Bigelow on the back.




Plot Summary and Analysis[edit]

The strange asteroid

This here is destilled from RACapowski's page, who actually does own the manga but currently doesn't have the time to share the contents:

The story actually takes place in Genji's world, not Sosaria. Aida and Lannon reside on a space station, Genji is the result of cloning and Bigelow almost doesn't appear at all. Mondain and Minax (as scientists) find the remains of Exodus inside an asteroid and the heros try to prevents its resurrection, resulting in a battle with motorycyles, mechas and in the end in space.

This is littlered with flashbacks where the characters life on Genji's world in the past is shown, such as Genji and Aida in Vietnam, with no continuity to the Exodus manga at all, before the heroes regain their memories. The first flashback has Genji as a U.S. soldier in Vietnam and Aida as a Vietnamese civilian whom Genji's squad tries to kill in cold blood but Lennon takes the bullets. Genji's squad then decides just to rape her instead, making two rape threats against Aida in as many manga, but Genji shoots Rapist #1 before anything can happen, and they all get napalmed anyhow. Then there's a bit where Aida's Sleeping Beauty & Genji & Lennon are trying to rescue her, and then there's a part where Genji's in Blade Runner and Minax is Pris. It ends in part with Minax tenderly clutching Mondain's crushed, severed head to her chest.

There is no continuity to the Exodus manga and the manga therefore has next to nothing to do with the Ultima universe. If not for the names of the chaacters and some thrown-in Ultima images (such as the Codex symbol on the back cover) if could just be any kind of generic action manga. As for the title, while a black hole appears late in the manga, explaining the Schwarzschild as a black hole has a "Schwarzschild Radius", there is no labyrinth of any kind.

Ultima Manga
The Terror of Exodus Quest of the Avatar The Fall of Magincia The Maze of Schwarzschild