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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Aoki Umi no Toraware Hime

Name: Aoki Umi no Toraware Hime
Mangaka: Ayumura, Yuki

Volumes: 2 (Complete)
Licensed: No
Scanlations: V.02 Ch.11 (Complete)
Scanlator: Forbidden Garden
Type: Manga
Genre: Historical/Drama/Adventure
Age Group: Teen

Summary: In the only neutral country surrounded by many other countries, Kourozen, also known as God’s country the princess, Matsurika, is troubled by a proposal from Prince Orland of Cantabria, a major power. One night, Matsurika is suddenly kidnapped by an intruder and brought to the open sea.
The man, Raju, who calls himself a pirate, says he will sacrifice Matsurika on the legendary altar, to attain his wish—

The princess of God’s country, the pirate surrounded by mystery.
A pirate tale about an ancient lore and the legendary altar. Let the battle begin!!!

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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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Wanted!!

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Name: Wanted!!
Manga-ka: Hino Matsuri

Volumes: 1 (Complete)
Licensed: Yes (Viz – Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Historical/Adventure
Age Group: Teen

Summary: Armelia is an orphan girl who sings for work. One day, she met a boy, Luce, and fell in love with him. Unfortunately, Luce was kidnapped by the notorious pirate, Scar. Armelia swore to herself that one day she would rescue Luce. But the truth is not what she thought it was…

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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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SNow White with Red Hair

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Name: Snow White with Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuihime)
Manga-ka: Akizuki, Sorata

Volumes: 22 (Ongoing Feb-2021)
Licensed: Shojo Beat (Viz)
Type: Manga
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Everyone

Summary: Shirayuki was a young girl born with unique apple-red hair. She meets a famous but foolish Prince Raji, who falls in love with her at first sight and orders her to become his concubine. With nowhere else to go, Shirayuki cuts her hair and escapes to a neighboring country. While traversing through the forests, she meets a young boy, Zen, who helps her after she boldly cures his wounds but then gets poisoned by an apple given to Shirayuki. Meanwhile, Prince Raji sends out henchmen to search for her. What will happen to Shirayuki? What is Zen’s true character? A refreshing fantasy story between an optimistic heroine and a prince who constantly stays on her watch.

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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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