Requiem of the Rose King Manga by Aya Kanno

Requiem of the Rose King

Name: Requiem of the Rose King (Bara Ou no Souretsu)
MangakaAya Kanno

Volumes: 15 (ongoing)* July 2021
Licensed: Viz (13 Volumes: Digital/Paperback) – (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Historical/Tragedy/Action
Age Group: Older Teen/Mature

Summary:  
Richard, the ambitious third son of the House of York, believes he is cursed, damned from birth to eternal darkness. But is it truly fate that sets him on the path to personal destruction? Or his own tormented longings? Based on an early draft of Shakespeare’s Richard III, Aya Kanno’s dark fantasy finds the man who could be king standing between worlds, between classes, between good and evil.

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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 5/5

Opinion: I am utterly and thoroughly obsessed with this series. While I’ve never been a Shakespeare fan, I spent quite a few of my pre-teen years enamoured with King Henry the 8th and the dynamics of Mideival Dynasty.

To start, it should be known that this series is liberally inspired by the play Richard the 3rd by Shakespeare. The biggest change is also the heart and core of the entire series: the lead, Richard the 3rd, is born intersex. He is raised and self-identifies as a man.

The art is gorgeous and easily identifiable as Aya Kanno’s style. Sharp and detailed, she draws delicate and beautiful men alongside buxom and confident women. Her other licensed works include Blank Slate and, strangely enough, the fun and fluffy Otomen.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot but most of the main plot points have been closely following the original play Richard the 3rd. Aya Kannos character work is impeccable and it’s hard not to empathize with the anti-hero as he descends into madness. It’s very interesting to see how his status as Intersex is treated by all the other characters. Even more captivating, is the influence on the heroes relationship to himself and his beliefs in terms of gender, sex, and station in society.

I love this series a ton and cannot wait for the anime. You will love this if you enjoy historical and psychological series. My one caution that threw me off in the first volume is the language used is very Olde English. While much easier to read than Shakespeare it took a volume or two for me to come to terms with. I’m so glad I pushed through.

Final Rating: 5/5

Extra: An Anime adaption was JUST announced (Summer 2021)

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Screengrab from Ichinose Kyoudai wa Gaman Dekinai. A teen boy holds a teen girl as he kisses her.

Ichinose Kyoudai wa Gaman Dekinai

Name: Ichinose Kyoudai wa Gaman Dekinai
MangakaSakurai Mayu

Volumes: 2 (Complete)
Scanlations: V.02 Ch.08 (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  
A new big beautiful guy is transferred in Hoshino’s class. Wait! He’s Ichinose, the troublemaker of middle school. At that time Hoshino has written a love novel between Ichinose and his new stepbrother. When the novel was discovered by a classmate, they make fun of them and triggered Ichinose’s wrath. Then ichinose transferred. Maybe was Hoshino’s fault? And now he’s back!
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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 5/5

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Screenshot from Demon Prince of Momochi House, Young Man leans into a young woman with a soft expression

Demon Prince of Momochi House

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Name: Demon Prince of Momochi House
MangakaShouoto, Aya

Volumes: 16 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (Complete – Digital/Paperback)
Type: Manga
Genre: Supernatural
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Momochi Himari, despite being an orphan, unexpectedly inherits an old house. Despite warnings she receives on the Momochi House being haunted, she decides to go live there anyway. She soon learns that the house is already occupied by three somewhat strange men, Aoi, Yukari and Ise, all of whom may or may not possess supernatural abilities to combat evil spirits. What happens when stubborn Himari decides to stay, despite being told to leave?
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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 5/5

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Uruwashi no Yoi no Tsuki Manga screen cap

Uruwashi no Yoi no Tsuki

Name: Uruwashi no Yoi Tsuki
MangakaYamamori Mika

Volumes: 2 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.02 Ch.06 (Jan 2020)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Because of her appearance and her behavior, Yoi has been continuously treated as a prince, despite being a girl. One day, when she already accepted being put into the role as a prince in high school, she somehow got entangled with one of her Senpais at school, someone who’s also being called “prince”?
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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 5/5

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A Sign of Affection

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Name: A Sign of Affection (Yubisaki to Renren)
Mangaka: Suu Morishita

Volumes: 1 (Ongoing)
LicensedKodansha
Releases: V.02 (Ongoing)
Type: Manga
Genre: Josei, Slice of Life
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  Yuki is a typical college student, whose world revolves around her friends, social media, and the latest sales. But when a chance encounter on a train leads to her meeting friend-of-a-friend and fellow student Itsuomi-san, her world starts to widen. But even though Itsuomi-kun can speak three languages, sign language isn’t one of them. Can the two learn to communicate the budding feelings between them?

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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 5/5

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