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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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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.
I love this manga! the characters are so complex & likable; the plot is really well done and doesn't feel old at all. it's also pretty inspiring. it has a romance element to it too, but it's not the main focus.
... Last updated on April 21st, 2008, 3:26pm
I'm so hooked on this manga that I cry every time I find out that another chapter hasn't been released.i dont agree with blueseeker .Yushin is introduced in first volume. also it is hinted several times it will be Yushin x nobara. maybe you should read again.
I really love this manga, the way it has been going so far is just the way i like my heroines. Showing that they are not too weak but sometimes it just cannot be helped so we need a male lead. Speaking of male leads i always have an issue with the whole triangle relationships in shoujos. Particularly when the series is not yet complete and after more than 5 volumes you will not sure who will be picked. The reason for my dislike is because sometimes a male lead is introduced first and you fall in love with them as a couple or at least start to hope that it will but then this other male lead comes and sometimes you are unable to see that character with the female lead at the end or at least not want to see it. This manga is also a bit like that, i fell in love with keisukexnobara but for some reason i get the feeling i should get used to Yuushinxnobara since the mangaka seems to be gearing towards that angle and i would hate for this story to be ruines for me just because of character lead pairing.
Just read the first few chapters
I really like how it starts out. This girls serious and tough, but she's not cruel and is still nice to others. She tries hard in everything and doesn't feel self-pity for herself at the first sign of trouble like most heroines. She's actually focused more on the sport than the romance as another review pointed out. As I read more, it gets more and more interesting, and the author knows where she's taking the story.