Setsu is a tomboy who lives in the small village Niolz and she's been participating in various Martial Arts Comepetitions in order to earn enough prize money to travel to the capital Bazen where King Lucaria resides... Luca, her childhood friend who left in order to ascend the "Scarlet chair" as the last rightful heir of the royal line. However when she finally arrives there and gets a glimpse of the King she's shocked to find a stranger in his place! What's going on? But more importantly what happened to the real Luca? Join Setsu in her quest to uncover the truth and find that precious childhood friend...
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I wasn't quite sure what to make of this series at first with its kickass if somewhat androgynous female lead, plain artwork and mysterious plot. The story could be a bit slow-moving and uneventful at times, but in the end I would recommend this series, in that I found it very uncliched, so this is one for those that are tired of typical shojo plots. Just a warning about the end though, it might not be what you expect, though plenty of hints is given to that end throughout the series.
it was an ok series every chapter just kept getting confusing for me and wen it seemed that u got the answer to make this manga less confusing more question raised until the end not my favorite story i can say.
A bit confusing
To be honest, I found the plot was kind of garbled and difficult to follow, and I also didn't really like the final volume very much because of what happened. There were a lot of different people and I got confused about their motives and whose side they were on, although I got the general idea of the story. Everyone's complaining about the art but I think it was acceptable. However, I do find that the mangaka tends to draw people very similarly. For example, I haven't even read any of her other work, Natsume Yuujinchou, but I instantly thought, "the fake Luca looks exactly like the guy from that."
It's worth reading for someone who likes strong heroines and a political edge to their manga, but overall it was not outstanding for me.
Firstly, SLOW UPDATES. It's almost been a year since the last update of a chapter. But I can wait. (: Second of all, great story. There isn't much character development, but the story development helps back up that lack of element that Scarlet Chair doesn't have. I anticipate so much from this even though I wouldn't necessarily WHOA at the overall work. But yes, it's worthy of any reader out there looking for a little something to read. In the end, I gave it a 10 for some odd reason, not because I'm particularly loving the overall, but because I'm completely drawn to it. Odd.
... Last updated on April 10th, 2010, 11:29pm
For shoujo with politics, ..it's quite good. At least for me, who's completely blind about this kind of genre.
several comments, tho: 1) The swords. About the sketchy art, I can accept everything else (not that good, but not that unacceptable either) aside the swords. It all looked like bokken; dull and curved and.....whut? 2) The later plot revelation made it all personal, and in extension, rather.... shoujo-like. Yeah. >_>; 3) The feel was very plain, idyliic even, and it works at certain points, but on another, i kinda wish she used a more thicker pen. And the royalties all lacked grandeur... I don't think 'idyliic' have to mean lacking that majestic aura... 4) I like the protagonist, but so far only her. >_>; Others are....quite forgettable.
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Even though I didn't really like Dorii Jin that much, I cried RIVERS when he died! D: Awesome; but so sad....CHAPTER 9! I DEMAND CHAPTER 9!! *end rant haha* I just read Chinese raw (that I didn't get haha) and It was revealed that Setsu found the real Luca, and that the fake Luca's name is actually Saki. So Saki and Sestu get out of the castle, and Luca returns to the throne room. Before this, he promised to continue living, which is obviously a lie TT^TT Anyways, he goes to Kazuna, and Kazuna orders the intruders to bow down in the presence of the king. They probably didn't survive though, since the castle was razed the ground. There was also a flashback of Luca and Kazuna. Luca knew he was sick and wouldn't live for more than two or three years, so he went on the journey so Setsu wouldn't feel sad. However, he did live more that that, haha. Anyways, he wanted to give Saki, his best friend, who had nothing, everything he had: the throne. So sad. Depressing. Gosh. I cried rivers, I tell you, RIVERS.
...Now I'm wondering why this wasn't put under Tradegy... D:
... Last updated on December 6th, 2009, 12:29am
I was able to finish the raws of Hiiro no Isu and I don't know what to say. Its definitely a fresh tone from the funny and refreshing shoujo's I love. Its tone reminds me so much of Piano No Mori... sad and touching. Maybe I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon this work by Midorikawa-sensei. Although its not ugly... I don't think I am looking forward to her other works. Its depressing.
The story more than makes up for the art
The art isn't very ugly- just rough and a bit lazy.
however, the story is amazing. I was captivated from the get-go. I am touched by the sense of wistfulness in the story and by the dedication the king, Setsu, and Dorii have shown towards each other and towards finding Yuka. It was heartwarming in that sense. There is also the atmosphere of mystery that this mangaka does really well and the twists- omg-the twists! got me screaming "omg!! no way!!!"
This manga really knows how to tell a good story! I hope it ends well and that Setsu will finally get to meet him face-to-face.
Another solid piece
This is another piece filled with all of Midorikawa's trademarks that make her so great. Interesting premise with strong storytelling, characters with interesting personalities, and the air of originality, that almost more importantly, makes it all memorable. I think her art is probably less suited to works like these, but it's still successful and I can honestly say that there isn't much to complain about, other than a slight overuse of white space.
As with all her works, this deserves a recommendation. I can only hope that it sees completion.
... Last updated on December 14th, 2008, 8:50pm
Hmm, I enjoyed the characters, the setting and the various twists itself. It's all really exciting and I can't wait to see the ending.
The only slight issues are the repetitive lines in each chapter(yes, the characters keep repeating what they're doing), that the flashback scenes could use a bit more excitement or better pacing and that the early chapters had quite a few pages with minimal art.