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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.
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I don't understand why this isn't popular!
Seriously! This manga is one of the best shoujos out there. I mean yes, the romance is a bit slow and pushed to the sidelines but that's the point. The manga is about volleyball. It's about doing anything to follow your dreams. Nobara is one of my favourite heroines. She isn't one of those heroines who transfers to a high school to follow her love interest or someone who, at the very first page says "I'm going to find a boyfriend!" Honestly heroines like that make me wanna bludgeon them to death. Nobara is one of the few characters who isn't like that. She knows what she wants and is determined to get it no matter what. She's a real tomboy, not the fake ones you find in most mangas. Even when she falls in love she never forgets her original goal. She does become more feminine but I love her recklessness and rebelliousness so much! She actually reminds me of me.
The art is lovely. It might be a bit choppy in the beginning but it becomes gorgeous later on. People might be turned off at the sports aspect of it since it is shoujo, but I loved it. I don't even play volleyball but I still got drawn in. It's great. This was much better for me than Akuma de sourou by the same author. That one was alright but was too cliched and the girl was way weak. This one was much more enjoyable.
Unfortunately, this isn't a very well known manga. It's a shame because it's on par or even better than the mainstream shoujo nowadays.I would love to see it being made into an anime or live action. I really think everyone should read this.
... Last updated on May 4th, 2012, 8:38am
ok pretty good except the whole beginning which is based on the premise that the best girl volleyball player can be as good as the best guy volleyball player. I play with boys and against boys, along with some other females. Most players have played at the university level, so this is kinda complete bullshit
I'm only 3 chapters in, but I can only hope for character growth in the intelligence department...
:EDIT: Nope, caught up with current translated releases and no improvement... In fact most of the cast have been demoted to mentally insufficient human-like single-celled organisms.
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Seriously, the female lead doesn't want to inherit/work in her family's restaurant so what does she do? Run away and get a job as a maid somewhere else... I know the root is low self esteem/self hatred caused by the constant negative criticism in comparison to her younger sister, but in regards to true character profiling, she should have at least a little resentment toward the service industry itself. Thereby making the prospect of becoming a maid/dorm mother a naturally unacceptable choice even to further her original goals. The story could have taken many directions aside from this type of live-in scenario and been perfectly fine, but this turn of events makes the story impossible to enjoy from a logical mind's standpoint. the two more rational choices would have been: 1. transfer of school due to lack of proper physical recreation being offered 2. make so many mistakes so that current hostess is pressured by the clientele to choose another heir and/or make intentions known to abolish family's business upon inheritance to dissuade selection. She's been raised in the environment for 15 years, enough to understand how it works, so I hated her simplistic/counterproductive choice of future decisions.
:EDIT: near vol. 14, I found another disappointment.(for people like me at least) I have never been able to enjoy a single publication that included a "Because I think of his/her best interests I have to completely crush his heart, self esteem, and motivation by breaking off all relations." story arc. And to find that Takanashi Mitsuba is the type of author that would include it. I now know why every fiber of my being instinctively told me to stay far away from this series. I didn't listen, and now I suffer. Like minded individuals have been warned.
If you can look past that the art is good and it is a interestingly funny read, but the only reason I'm continuing is I have a self imposed rule to finish reading what I start.
... Last updated on July 31st, 2011, 5:58am
WHY , WHY , WHHY , WHYYYYYY ?
DOES IT HAVE TO ENNNND !! I can honestly say don't judge a book by its cover I've come to find that the manga with what seems like the most interesting plot line always sucks and the manga that doesn't seem eye appealing is usually the best . In this case its seemingly boring plot line but amazing.art and story I felt th3 same way and was very hesitant about reading this and I can honestly say this has turned out to he the second best manga I've ever read I very rarely write revives with no bad flaw/comment but I have really enjoyed this its really good if ur having douts just read the first page and i grantee you will love it.
EDIT: Its been a year and half since I last read this manga...and I had comepletely forgotten everything, which was very frustrating. So ofcourse after trying to skip and rush, I decided to re-read the manga. I don't know whether it's because i'm much more experienced with manga then I was at the time when I picked this up but It just ...Lost its magic ...I felt like it was kinda typical. Not alot of romance which I was begging for, but i'm thinking it's because the matches had less effect as it once did... It was so damn predictable, no twists..after the first two games, you could literally see a pattern in what would happen, tbh I blame the mangaka for taking so long releasing these chapters. I lost my obsession with this manga that I believes to be the best, its a real shame.
... Last updated on February 2nd, 2013, 4:32pm
after volume 10
I like this serial, there is a good balance between romance and sport. But after volume ten, the main character returns from training camp and i suddenly lost interest in it. I can't really say what happened but this was getting boring. i agree with @fronzel. I'll give myself a break and complete this serie later.
Where have all the beautiful stories gone
I wish the author takahashi mitsuba would come out with another manga series.Her drawings are amazing and beautiful. I sometimes like to just stare, especially at the men. Yum!! he he. It's been more than a few years and I miss series like these. I feel like half the manga series today either look the same or the story is extremely boring. WHERE'S THE CREATIVITY!
asking for more! more! MORE!
i cant wait for the next volume, its a cliff hanger there! i mean my gawd this is so good and uhmmm btw the girl isnt that masculine its just her shoulders were broad, have you seen an athlete who doesnt have those... anyways she got way thinner on the last few volumes, i feel so sorry for haibuki but i cant stop loving yuushin...
the heroine is awesome, i hope there are more heroines like this rather than being shy, weak and stuff wtf is that, anyways, she's cool thats it! haha
i totally reccomend this one!
Thoroughly enjoyed it
I really did.
I love it when mangakas discuss the complexity of relationships and then apply them to different situations. I found the theme of unrequited love delicately expressed-you can sense that thought has been put into the writing. The mangaka does care about her characters and that's always a plus. The art is beautiful; it's one of those rare instances where you stay at one page before going to the next-to appreciate the art rather than just flipping through the thing.
Can't wait to finish this
crimson is awsome
OMG I just Love it amazing, the characters and the style of the drawning, and the story is worderful
One of my favorite sport manga, its also a very excellent talent manga. I really love how ones emotions get caught up into it; everytime the team scores a point I almost want to cheer loudly for them, or at the very least smile like an idiot.
The art takes a little bit getting used to, if only because the 'tom-boys' are generally indistinguishable from boys. Still after you learn the finer nuisances of the mangakas style its easy enough to tell.
Overall, it only got an 8.5 from me was because I don't really like how the romance is done, it seems a bit over-exaggerated to me, but its still good.