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Ludwig Kakumei  
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From Aerandria Scans:
In this grim and realistic take on classic fairy tales, Prince Ludwig, a female corpse collector, is ordered by his father to find himself a wife more suitable than the women he often brings into the castle. Along with his servant Wilhelm, they travel across the land in search of fair maidens from classic stories in hopes of finding Ludwig a wife.


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Associated Names
La Revolución de Ludwig (Spanish)
Ludwig Revolution
Lui Kakumei
Rewolucja według Ludwika (Polish)
ลุดวิก เรฟโวลูชั่น (Thai)

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v.4 c.15-16 (end) by Aerandria Scans over 13 years ago
v.4 c.14 by Aerandria Scans over 13 years ago
v.4 c.13 by Aerandria Scans over 13 years ago
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4 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (794 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.33 / 10.0

Last Updated
September 19th 2020, 6:14pm PST



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Bessatsu Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)
Hana to Yume Step Zoukan (Hakusensha)
Melody (Hakusensha)

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by Jhn1
March 22nd, 2020, 4:56pm
Rating: N/A
Ludwig Ahgren lol
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Prefer the Ludwig form the first chapter  
by Alita258
June 15th, 2015, 4:09am
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
The first chapter is so different from the rest, Ludwig is too different form the rest of the manga, that it can almost stand as a one shot. It wasn't my favorite, and kind of had a hard time finishing it, but it is an original take in fairy tales and the characters are crazy and dark, although confusing a lot of the time. The art is amazing, maybe I'll read more form this mangaka, maybe something less comical? It's worth giving it a try.

... Last updated on June 15th, 2015, 4:10am
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by calstine
April 9th, 2015, 11:29pm
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
The intriguing twists on the fairy tales were a great idea, but Ludwig Kakumei has one of the least likeable casts I've seen in a while. Ludwig is an arrogant inconsiderate jerk who spends all his time chasing after beautiful women (who most of the time don't care one whit about him) while treating his nearest and dearest like c*ap. Which would have been fine, if the guy were a true sadist instead of a "fantasy sadist" (ie: a handsome, charismatic man who for some reason is nasty and inconsiderate only to other men, ugly women, and old people; pretty women, of course, are treated like royalty). His devoted servants/slaves Wilhelm and Grunhilda are masochists who repeatedly risk their lives for a guy who always either abuses or ignores them; all the "princesses" (with the exception of Ludwig's One True Love) are either cruel conniving bi***es or sweet, vapid wastes of space; all the "princes" are either cold-blooded bas***ds or spineless air-heads. The only character I enjoyed was Ludwig's mother (women who have all the men by the b*lls through any way other than sex get a big thumbs-up from me), but she was absent for most of the series.

Now, none of these things would have been a big deal if this were a manga where the characters are merely an excuse and the plot's the only important thing. But Ludwig Kakumei is a story with drama, romance, comedy and tragedy at its core. If those four genre are to be successful, the cast has to appeal to my heart. And it didn't.

But the most annoying feature, imo, was the shift in the tone of the plot. It went from being genuinely dark and foreboding to being a half-heartedly dramatic comedy full of absurd situations where everyone is a moron and the Only Sane Man, Ludwig, has to swoop in and save them from their own stupidity. Accordingly, Ludwig himself went from being a true anti-hero to being a "funny" anti-hero, thereby losing the only quality that made him appealing to me. And the way he fell in love (with a woman he spoke barely four or five sentences with and never properly met) was boring, cliché and completely unsuited to his personality.

None of these are things I made up, either: Kaori Yuki herself mentioned them in the author's notes for the 4th volume.

So, in the end: 8/10 for the plot, but I'm deducting points for 2-D characterisation and the unnecessary mood-shift.

... Last updated on April 11th, 2015, 2:54am
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So intense!  
by Kinky-Chan
February 4th, 2014, 12:32am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
After reading this, I'm totally looking at the fairy tales in a different way. I love how the mangaka twist all the plots and make it so friggin interesting. Most of the story have sad and tragic endings but once in a while there's happy endings. I think this sort of story is really refreshing since it's taken from old fairy tales and being turned into something so drastic. But there's one chapter that I don't really get.

Probably the arc about the prince murdering someone. I got confused over there and had no idea what's going on. But even so, it's a nice read. Really recommendable!
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love it  
by moonmystery
January 19th, 2014, 12:35am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
oh my goodness. This manga had my favorite main character of all time.

I still remember every chapter two years after reading this!!
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darkly compelling  
by whitespade
August 11th, 2011, 8:42am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
the artwork is gorgeous, the gothic ambiance suit the setting of the story. the characters are interesting and believable in their maniacal-ness. the twist presented is somehow in line with the original fairytale before the grimmification. the ending is somewhat non-closure but it suit this series as the 'plot' itself is not as important and as interesting as each individual story. a must read for all dark humour fan.
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by teb_gato
June 17th, 2011, 8:08am
Rating: N/A
Not a typical shoujo to begin with. Very hilarious, so many twists in the plot. Good art. Kaori sensei is really a great mangaka. I'm not really fond of horror and gothic manga but this is one exception.
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Enjoy this  
by Akatsubaki
February 12th, 2011, 6:52pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
At first, the story was dark (the snow white chapter) and the prince's character creep me out
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collecting corpses and the later he killed the snow white ?
I really thought it gonna be a dark fairy tales manga. But as the manga progressed, the story went lighter. It also had some comedy scenes too. Overall, I enjoy reading this. What a lovely variation of fairy tale stories!

... Last updated on February 12th, 2011, 7:12pm
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"till death do us part"  
by styleai
December 29th, 2010, 2:39am
Rating: N/A
Prince Ludwig has so much character and
I loved the sleeping beauty chapter.
This was a great read.
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Fairy Tales. <3  
by zengoats
December 21st, 2010, 7:31pm
Rating: N/A
I, for one, am a sucker for fairy tales.
Ludwig Kakumei is fantastic for anyone who loves fairy tales (and doesn't mind watching their favorite princesses die). The characters are great spin-offs from their Brothers Grimm counterparts. There's an equal balance of humor and tragedy. It's just great. Also, don't let the early chapters of Ludwig Kakumei fool you; it's not just about a guy collecting corpses (in fact, he gets over this habit fairly quickly).
Overall, great, fairy tale-based manga. I'm very glad I decided to pick it up.
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