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Hiiro no Isu  
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From Dragon Voice Project:

Setsu is a tomboy who lives in the small village Niolz and she's been participating in various Martial Arts Competitions in order to earn enough prize money to travel to the capital Bazen where King Lucaria resides... Luca, her childhood friend who left in order to ascend the "Scarlet chair" as the last rightful heir of the royal line. However when she finally arrives there and gets a glimpse of the King she's shocked to find a stranger in his place! What's going on? But more importantly what happened to the real Luca? Join Setsu in her quest to uncover the truth and find that precious childhood friend...


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The Scarlet Chair

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.10 (end) by Dragon Voice Project over 8 years ago
v.3 c.8-9 (v2) by Dragon Voice Project over 8 years ago
v.3 c.9 by Dragon Voice Project over 9 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
2 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (340 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.96 / 10.0
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July 5th 2018, 10:46pm PST



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LaLa DX (Hakusensha)

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Wow this is fantastic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by plaiin
April 12th, 2016, 11:15pm
An amazing one shot that makes you feel connected to the characters and their lives. They feel real and fleshed out and that's hard to do in a one shot. It has a very melancholic tone, as they struggle to find their most important person and it's simply astounding. One of my favourite short stories ever.I think it's best read slowly while taking the time to understand the relationship between the characters. The art isn't the greatest but damn it has a very nice tone and melancholic feeling.

... Last updated on April 12th, 2016, 11:23pm
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Rating: 8.3 / 10.0
by milkgreentea
April 5th, 2014, 8:21pm
One of a kind, and I don't mind the weird swords. But what is with the ending?! Couldn't the guy just have escaped confused Why didn't he?! Other than that confusing part, it's a decent story.

... Last updated on April 5th, 2014, 8:23pm
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Refreshing and Interesting   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sireneares
August 16th, 2013, 9:12pm
I really enjoyed it.

Sometimes, I get tired of the same plot motifs. This story took some unexpected turns. Although, it seemed to move slowly, the mystery of what was going on kept me reading.
I admit, the plot can be hard to follow. But that's because the author didn't spoon feed the reader every little piece of information. Some of the story is subtly conveyed, other parts are left for the reader to determine.
I particularly liked the ending. Not what I expected, but it is an acceptable ending!

Definitely worth spending the hour or two to read!!!
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Mayuchi89
June 9th, 2013, 11:25am
I dont know what to described about this story...


But still this manga did not make me feel sleepy because the more i read it the more i didnt understand my mind was like trying hard to figure out the story n everything so while 'that' in process it make my mind awake...i think...haha

Well whatever...

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ashi
July 26th, 2012, 10:05pm
The art was mentioned on other comments, and it is kind of rough, but in a very good way, it gives edginess to the characters.
It was full of suspense, I was seeing enemies everywhere and you never know for whom should you root or trust... that was refreshing. That's why I don't think the pace was slow, it's just that is full of subtleties. Except for the last chapter, it felt rushed.
The ending... I still don't know what to think about the ending. I can only say do not expect a fulfilling ending, you'll be disappointed.
Overall a good read.
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Great story   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by doushimomo
July 14th, 2012, 5:21pm
The story was great. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't all about the romance, and that the plot was strongly developed. Full of lots of twists and turns. The ending, though, gives me mixed feelings...
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It's so sad, in a lot of ways. We don't know if Luca and Kazuna are alive or dead, and poor Dorii... I can't help feeling that if I were in Setsu and fake-Luca's collective shoes, I would not be so happy.

The art was unusual, not everyone's cup of tea, but I liked it, too. Although some of the faces were hard to tell apart...

Overall, though, well worth reading.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by monkry
May 18th, 2012, 1:54pm
I'm too disappointed with the ending.
So, because it's Midorikawa Yuki's, I read it. The pace weirdly slow, eventhough it's just 3 volume. But I tried to keep ongoing eventhough I felt kind of bored. Into 3rd volume, the mood raised up, then the ending came, bah. I do not like the ending. Maybe just because It doesn't meet my hope, but
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She 'Luca'-'Luca' all the series and ended in new journey with another man? Wha...

Even so, I like the part how she always remembering Luca, and IMO, the mangaka told it very well about how deep the feelings she had for him. So Midorikawa-sensei, so deep and heartwrenched when telling about the characters feelings, and that's
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make me feel more bah with the ending

The artwork... IMO not good, yet kind of shady and calming. Awww if I have to describe her artwork, for me it's like the grass field where Setsu and Luca often played. So peaceful yet kind of fly, fly, fly
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Pretty Good   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by galacticon
July 19th, 2011, 10:58pm
Very refreshing plot, with some great twists. All the characters were likeable and I thought the art wasn't too bad. But I do agree with the comments about the plot being confusing--it definitely gets a bit muddled at the end, and it's hard to keep track of everything. Not impossible though, and definitely worth a read.
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A suspenseful and refreshing read.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Disperse
April 2nd, 2011, 3:56am
One of my favorite mangas of all time, just wish it was longer!

But the nonetheless the shortness suited the manga, and the suspense and twists were very refreshing to see in a shoujo manga.
Art is not the most polished, but at the same time it is very original and the author has her own distinct style. It gives a fading yet rough effect.

I love Setsu and the fake-Luca's relationship. The romance is not over done and very very subtle. Some may not even see it. And Setsu is indeed more like a hero and fake-Luca the heroine, which is once again very refreshing and one of the reasons I love this manga. That does not mean that fake-Luca is a wimp, however.

The ending to me was honestly... rather heartbreaking. But it was inevitable and the ending was not entirely a tragedy, it was somewhat bittersweet. It was an ending that suited the manga and pretty much had to happen.

I recommend this manga to anyone who likes suspence-mysteries and strong heroines. The bittersweet ending and the heartfelt emotion is what makes this manga stay with you long after the last page. The thing about Midorikawa's mangas are the emotions put into it, she has a strong talent in portraying realistic emotions, whether it's loneliness or compassion. This manga has so many mixed emotions and subtleties that I feel people need to pick up to really enjoy this.

... Last updated on August 8th, 2012, 5:52pm
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i want more!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shiro_13
December 28th, 2010, 11:50am
at first,i thought it was your simple,typical tomboy girl looking for her childhood friend. yup,it is simple.but the mangaka made a very interesting storyline,thus making it UNIQUE.
(As to be expected of midorikawa yuki..: ))
i really wish that she would be reunited with Luca (And that the series did not end as to where it was supposed to be)

i would really recommend it to all ages. : )

it made me go "wow" and UPON REACHING THE LAST PAGE, "shocks! its already the end?!?". this reaction was unusual,for there are shojo mangas that i have encountered that made me say "I already know the ending! end it already!"

I really want to buy her mangas and support her,but i haven't found anyone who sells her works here in our country.: (
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