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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The Prince in His Dark Days Manga

Prince in His Dark Days

Name: Prince in His Dark Days
MangakaYamanaka Hiko

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
Licensed: Kodansha (4 Volumes: Digital/Print)
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Slice of Life
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Atsuko is a young high-school girl who leads a troublesome life. Working a scandalous job for the sake of survival, her reputation is in tatters and she is scorned by her peers. But one day she is noticed by one of three rich boys, Itaru, which she resembles in an uncanny way. Immediately she finds herself whisked away from her everyday life and into a new world where she is forced to take on the role as Itaru’s double and replace him as the “Prince”.
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 5/5

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Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!!

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Name: So Cute it Hurts!! (Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!!)
Mangaka: Ikeyamada, Go

Volumes: 15 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz  (Complete) (Print and Digital)
Scanlations: V.04 Ch.16
Scanlator: Chibi Manga
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Gender Bender
Age Group: Teen

Summary: The comedy starts when the cross-dressing begins! The Kobayashi twins, Mego and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Mego has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinces his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be for them to play each other?

But Mego can’t rely on just her book smarts in Mitsuru’s all-boys, delinquents’ paradise of a high school. And Mitsuru finds life as a high school girl to be much more complicated than he expected!

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

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Yeonmo: Love

Name: Yeonmo (Love)
Mangaka: Lee, So-Young

Volumes: 10 (Complete)
Licensed: No
Scanlations: V.10 Ch.44 (Complete)
Scanlator: Suras Place
Type: Manhwa
Genre: Drama/Josei/Historic/Gender Bender
Age Group: Teen

Summary: The impossible happens in 15th century Korea.

A princess who was disguised as her dead twin brother by her mother became king. Once her true gender is found out, the female king is sentenced to death by drinking a lethal dose of poison.

This story details the events of that forgotten king’s life.

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

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Love Sick

Name: Love Sick
Manga-ka: Morie, Satoshi

Volumes: 3 (Complete)
Licensed: No
Scanlations: V.03 Ch.18 (Complete)
Scanlator: Mystic Iris
Type: Manga
Genre: Psychological/Drama/Harem
Age Group: Teen

Summary: Shiki threw everything away for the sake of revenge. But at the new school where she disguises herself as a male, she meets 4 popular rich guys… Haru (spring) the prince, Natsu (summer) the bishounen, Aki (autumn) the womanizer, and Fuyu (winter) the cold-hearted genius.

What awaits Shiki? And will she get her revenge…?

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

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