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From Yen Press:

Rescued from the darkness by Xeno, a mysterious swordsman, Claudia the Rose Witch is the foundation of the Crimson-Shell, a special division of the Red Rose—an organization aiming to capture the results of one mad scientist’s experiments, the deadly Black Roses. But when Xeno’s loyalties are called into question, will Claudia be strong enough to believe in her dearest friend? And what is the color of the rose blooming in Xeno’s heart—a deep, passionate crimson…or a traitorous jet-black?


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Associated Names
Доспехи цвета крови
Biệt đội hoa hồng
Crimson Shell
Rose Witch - Crimson Shell

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.5-6 (end) by The Black Abyss over 8 years ago
v.1 c.3 - 4 by The Black Abyss over 8 years ago
v.1 c.2 by The Black Abyss over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.1 / 10.0 (152 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.02 / 10.0
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July 10th 2016, 4:53am PST



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GFantasy (Square Enix)

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English Publisher
Yen Press (1 Volume - Complete)

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left me wanting more   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Rouzmary
April 6th, 2012, 10:55am
really now, i truly enjoyed this series and then just bam the end, no more, whyyyyyyyyyyyconfusedconfusedconfusedi reallly, REALLY like it, wanna see more, it must get a sequel or smt cmon it's got such potential!!!! wanna more ^^
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Okay, but..   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by SteReo_R
July 25th, 2011, 7:54am
I read this because of pandora hearts. It is a relatively quite a good story. Could be developed more though, however, just stopping at 1 volume isn't good enough. Really hope there will be more volumes or the sequel of this story to go.
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by lan1k
January 1st, 2011, 1:12am
The first and last chapters both include the word "Prologue" in them. I hope this is suggesting that this series might continue because, while the plot is excellent, the characters well developed, etc., the ending is lacking: you feel like you've been left hanging. If it's supposed to be a series in and of itself, then it could definitely have stood to be lengthened by a chapter or two.

... Last updated on January 1st, 2011, 1:12am
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Enjoyable read...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Tatania
September 10th, 2010, 6:52am
Having read Pandora Hearts I looked at other manga by this mangaka, finding and reading this one. And while this short little work can in no way stand up to Pandora Hearts it is in its own way very good and unique and an enjoyable short read and, though it will be, it shouldn't be compared to Pandora Hearts.

Plot- The plot centers around an organization called Crimson-Shell and their struggles to capture the Black Roses, of course it doesn’t stay just that simple as betrayal and secrets are entered into the plot, then it because more of a mystery. The plot is quite well rounded, but being so short not everything is as fleshed out as it could be, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t explained. The ending is a bit open but its still a good ending. All in the entire plot was very enjoyable and unique.

Characters- They were all very nice characters, well rounded and each with their own personalities. Some were very nicely fleshed out and you could understand why they acted the way they did, the relationships between the characters were also quite nice.

Art- Compared the mangaka’s current art this art isn’t as good, but it is still good. The backgrounds are nice and the characters are nicely drawn. The character designs however are quite similar to the character designs of Pandora Hearts, and though I don't want to compare Crimson-Shell to Pandora Hearts I realize many fans of Pandora Hearts will step back to read Crimson-Shell and will notice this. The character designs however are still nice and unique in their own ways.

Other- All in all it is quite an enjoyable read and is actually quite good for such a short work, I definitely recommend this to any Pandora Hearts fans but also to anyone else.

7/10 – Really liked it

... Last updated on September 22nd, 2010, 6:31am
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Okay, but could've been better   
Rating: N/A
by Mikashi
September 20th, 2009, 8:10pm
I read this after becoming a Pandora Hearts fangirl,
but this series seemed to have been rushed [near the end] and the plot structure wasn't as good as it could've been if there had been more planning involved [the series did have potential, though].
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