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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Something’s Wrong with Us

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Name: Something’s Wrong with Us (Watashitachi wa Douka Shiteiru)
Mangaka: Ando Natsumi

Volumes: 12 (ongoing)
LicensedKodansha (2)
Type: Manga
Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Josei
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Nao became a traditional Japanese sweets maker, and at 21, she’s about to take the industry by storm. With unparalleled artistry and a bright attitude, she gets an offer to work at a world-class confectionary company. But when she meets the young, handsome owner, she recognizes his cold stare … It’s none other than Tsubaki, her childhood friend and first crush-the same boy who stood over his father’s bloodied body 15 years ago, and framed Nao’s mother for the murder. As the only witness of that fateful night, Nao is eager to chase down the truth and confirm her suspicions. Since Tsubaki has no clue who she is, she seizes her chance to get close to him, but instead of finding any answers, she begins falling deeper for Tsubaki’s allure …
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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Risou no Kareshitachi

Name: Risou no Kareshitachi
Mangaka: Honda, Honomi

Volumes: 1 (Complete)
Licensed: No
Scanlations: V.01 Ch.01 (Complete)
Scanlator: Crimson Flower
Type: Manga
Genre: Horror
Age Group: Teen

Summary: Naho wants to be Hayato’s girlfriend, but senpai won’t quit noticing her.

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

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Korosareru nara, Isso Sakura no Ki no Shita de : Dead Friends Love Letter

Name: Korosareru nara, Isso Sakura no Ki no Shita de (Dead Friends Love Letter)
Manga-ka: Sakurada, Hina

Volumes: 1 (Complete)
Licensed: No
Scanlations: V.01 Ch.04 (Complete)
Scanlator: Sound of Jewels
Type: Manga
Genre: Psychological/Drama/Tragedy
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary: One day, Yukino received a weird message
from her best friend Saho.
Then when she came to school she heard about
her death. Truth is, she killed herself because
she was persecuted by her schoolmates…
So why is her last message “run”…?

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

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Mars

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Name: Mars
Manga-ka: Souryo, Furumi
Volumes: 15 (Complete)
Licensed: Yes (Tokyopop – 15 Volumes Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Psychological
Age Group: Teen

Summary: Kira believes that Rei and all other men in the world are dirty. She stays away from her classmates, hiding in her art. What happens when the delinquent motorcyclist and playboy, Rei, gets ahold of one of her drawings, and actually wants to keep it?

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

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