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From Viz: 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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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.
... Last updated on August 11th, 2009, 9:16pm
Just a thought
I disagree with the user below. I don't think Nobara is masculine. She just lacks self-confidence regarding her femininity. Sure she's big-boned. I'm also big-boned and very tall, but actually, aren't most models are? And the plot is not that repeating. She's not dumb like all the other heroines who get swayed by the merest of kindness. She's kinda pure and pushes through with her love so naively. Sure, there are some pitfalls in the plot and cliches` but I think people have forgotten that cliches` happen in real life too, at the most alarming rate.
way too masculine
this series has good art but nobara is way too masculine,the same plot elements are repeated over and over and nothing interesting happens. boo.
... Last updated on December 16th, 2008, 3:33am
Definitely a unique story. The heroine isn't your normal average dense and weak girl, but a headstrong, tomboy. Nobara chases after her dream of going to Haru High playing volleyball. Her attitude and personality affects others in a good way. I love the romance in here, because there isn't waaaay to much like how in other mangas, they make it way dramatic. This one is perfect, and I love how Nobara knows when to focus about sports than guys.
... Last updated on December 8th, 2008, 6:09pm
Starts out fairly strong with a likable protaginist, but after having the plot wander around for a while a while, the author apparently ran out of ideas and just sends her on a training journey (big sports manga cliche), and when she returns, the only thing the series can put forward is vapid statements about teamwork and how winning isn't everything, as if the series was suddenly being written for 10 year-olds.
I like the fact that it's got sports and the adrenaline-y feel to it, but it's also extremely shoujo because the characters are so deep and it centers a lot on relationships and emotions. The plot is ok, not TOO slow, and the art is actually very pretty once you get used to it. It's very realistic though, that's what I love most about it. The conflicts and the friendship and stuff... it's like bittersweet, really makes your heart twang a little when you see the characters go through tough scenes.
Actually I only started reading it for the love triangles... teehee! XD
i really liked this one and i rarely read sport mangas but i really like the main character how she's really determined and strong. i also like how passionate she is about volleyball and how she bonds together with her team. the romance is okay nothing new...seems like to me the classic love triangle
overall i really liked it...kept me wanting more
Crimson hero is such a good shoujo manga and it's not your typical one and barely any cliches. It's very original counting that it mainly revolves around volleyball. Usually I couldn't see myself reading something like this but I tried it out and I LOVE it! The girl isn't your typical whiny girl either, she's got a strong personality. There's a lot of cute guys too The drawing is really beautiful too. At first when she begins drawing it all from the beginning, it may seem less like it but already you don't even notice it's improving and the guys hairs change and looks better and the facial features are just different. They look older which is weird from already a couple chapters and they're only 15...hahaha but yeah it's a really good read! And don't worry, it's defiantly not only volleyball. Plenty more for sure and lots of improving relationships (hint hint!) It's an awesome read!
I really like this manga. The art is good, the characters are overall likeable, and the storyline plays a happy medium between the sports and relationships. My only complaints is that Nobara is irritatingly prone to crying, sometimes the characters look like their eyes are crossed, and the three main characters are freaking giants for being only 15. ^^;
However, these things rarely take away from the whole, and the characters are pleasingly non-anorexic. The sports sequences are similar to shounen sports scenes, but the relationship parts are satisfyingly shoujo. I have to say that the target audience may not be very large, but it's a perfect example of shoujo sports manga.
Oh, something else I'd like to say. All the characters have mullets, to some degree. It's totally awesome.
... Last updated on May 11th, 2008, 6:47pm
It derserves full score
the way the characters are drawn are really beautiful. its really consistent, realistic and appealing. the story flows and the momentum of it kept me reading even when i didnt want to. i really want to read a comedy manga now tho. this one is making me feel emo.