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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Queens Quality

Name: Queens Quality (Sequel to QQ Sweeper)
MangakaMotomi, Kyousuke

Volumes: 12 (ongoing)
Licensed: Viz (12 Volumes: Digital/Paperback) – (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Supernatural/Fantasy/Drama
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  

The adventures of mind “Sweepers” continue in this supernatural romance sequel to QQ Sweeper!

As Fumi’s dangerous new powers blossom, Kyutaro might be the only one who can help her keep them under control. Then, when Kyutaro tells Fumi that he’ll never leave her side, she unexpectedly starts to fall for him!
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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Will I Be Single Forever by Mari Okazaki

Will I Be Single Forever?

Name: Will I Be Single Forever?
MangakaMari Okasaki

Volumes: 1 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (1 Volume: Digital) – (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Mature

Summary:  
Mami is 36 and unmarried, and the entire world seems to be telling her she must be miserable. But is she? Does she really need a ring on her finger to be happy when she has a job she loves and friends who support her? A collection of interconnected stories that explores the hazards and joys of unmarried life through the eyes of three single ladies.
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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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Daytime Shooting Star manga by Mika Yamamori

Daytime Shooting Star

Name: Daytime Shooting Star (Hirunaka no Ryuusei)
MangakaYamamori, Mika

Volumes: 12 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (12 Volumes: Digital/Paperback) – (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
15-year-old country girl, Suzume Yosano, has to move to Tokyo to live with her uncle due to her father’s transfer. She bumps into a mysterious man who ends up taking her to her uncle’s place after she gets lost. Turns out, Suzume will be seeing him a lot more often once she starts school because… he’s her homeroom teacher!?
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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Ao Haru Ride Manga by Io Sakisaka

Ao Haru Ride

Name: Ao Haru Ride
MangakaSakisaka, Io

Volumes: 13 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (13 Volumes: Digital/Physical) – (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Yoshioka Futaba has a few reasons why she wants to “reset” her image and life as a new high-school student. Because she’s cute and had a demure personality she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a series of misunderstandings and mishaps, she couldn’t get her feeling across to the one boy she has always liked, Tanaka Kou.

Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won’t be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Mabuchi Kou. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but that they cannot go back. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago?
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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