Monday, 18 January 2016

Manga Review: Crimson Hero by Mitsuba Takanashi

Title: Crimson Hero
Original Title: Beniiro Hero
Author: Mitsuba Takanashi
Artist: Mitsuba Takanashi

Year of Release: 2003
Genres: Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Sports

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 83

Volumes & Chapters: 

20 volumes in total 


All that matters to 15-year-old Nobara Sumiyoshi is volleyball--she's an awesome player with big-time ambitions. But sometimes it seems like a girl just can't get a break in the competitive world of high school volleyball.
Nobara's family wants her to inherit the role of "young mistress," serving rich patrons at her family's old-fashioned Japanese restaurant. No thanks! When Nobara transfers to Crimson Field High School, known for its top-notch volleyball team, it turns out that her mother will stoop to dirty tricks to keep her off the court. With assistance from her feisty Aunt Momoko, who's got some connections at Crimson Field, Nobara decides to start playing offense.

My Thoughts

Review covers 83 chapters 

Hi, guys and welcome back to Katie’s Corner! I think this is the author’s very first and so far the longest manga. Yup, there are 20 volumes. Now, a small advice. If you do not like the old style of drawings (where the characters are a bit chubby) and you can’t stomach volleyball, well this story might not be your cup of tea. First 8 volumes the characters are a bit chubby; through in the last 5 volumes I could finally say that the main character was cute. Well, I love volleyball, especially the manga Haikyuu, there’s the anime too, I will cover it some time afterwards on the blog. How did I like the story? I had loads of fun and at the same time the story had an iron grip on me. I was in the middle of my exam preparations and I couldn’t put it down to actually study. I was actually looking for a very lovey-dovey manga when I came across this one, but well, I actually enjoyed the whole: “I-need-to-be-focused-on-volleyball-attitude from mostly every character. No, don’t get me wrong, there is romance and quite a lot of it, however, it’s secondary compared to the whole volleyball theme.

Somewhere near the end, when everything is good and everyone is happy, and there’s no premonition of a tragedy or let’s say drama, the author just drops that bomb. Truth be told, I was waiting for something bad to happen. It was inevitable, but the way some of the characters took the blow is fantastic and you do not want to miss it, as it will shatter your heart to million pieces and it’ll take a lot to mend it back! I loved a lot the last 2 short stories, especially the one about Nobara and Yuushin. They’re such cuties! But I don’t want to spoil a lot for you, you need to experience this fun and at the same time serious story yourself.

Enjoy it to its fullest and don’t forget to share your thoughts below! Stay tuned for more reviews as well as promos. Don’t miss your next favourite book or manga! Happy reading!




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