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 Manga Scene

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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Sheik in his Harem by MIasa Rin

With the Sheikh in His Harem

Name: With the Sheikh in His Harem
MangakaMiasa, Rin

Volumes: 8 (Complete)
Licensed: Kodansha (2 Volumes: Digital)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Sanagi loves nothing more than money—not even love. After all, it’s what keeps her small family going. But when a chance encounter with a stranger leads her to push away his offer of riches, she wonders if she’s gone crazy…and starts to believe she really has when he reveals that he’s a Sheikh, and proposes to her! She rejects him, but soon finds out that a marriage with him might be the only way to keep her family safe…!
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 2/5

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Screen grab from Suteki na Kareshi. A teen boy leans in to kiss a teen girl.

Suteki na Kareshi

Name: Suteki na Kareshi
MangakaKawahara Kazune

Volumes: 14 (Complete)
Scanlations: V.04 Ch.14 (2021)
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
“I want a boyfriend!”

Kozakura Nonoka always fancied having a boyfriend. Upon entering high school, she was certain that she was finally going to get one, but fast-forwarding eight months to December, she was still single as ever. Desperate, she attended a goukon (a group blind date) where she met Kiriyama Naoya, whose first words to her was “You’ll never get a boyfriend.”

Now, what would this strange meet-up lead to?

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

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Screenshot from Netsuai Prince. A teen boy leans on a railing as he kisses a teen girl on her head.

Netsuai Prince: Onii-chan kimi ga suki

Name: Netsuai Prince – Onii-chan Kimi ga Suki
MangakaSeizuki Madoka

Volumes: 16 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.03 Ch.10 (March 2021)
Type: Manga
Genre: Harem
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Due to the second marriage of her mother, lively high-school student Amamiya Matsuri becomes the younger sister of the super popular idol group of triplets “Terzetto”! Star celebrities for stepbrothers?! A forbidden secret love with a perfect prince
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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