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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 Comepetitions 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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Associated Names
The Scarlet Chair

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.10 (end) by Dragon Voice Project over 7 years ago
v.3 c.8-9 (v2) by Dragon Voice Project over 7 years ago
v.3 c.9 by Dragon Voice Project over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
2 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (332 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.96 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 26th 2015, 8:32am PST



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LaLa DX (Hakusensha)

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Well-paced manga with interesting plot   
Rating: N/A
by akuramsama
November 5th, 2010, 3:37am
The reviews say the plot is "confusing" or "the art sucks" well... I say, are those reviewers expecting every shoujo title to be a straightforward (i.e. cute but boring) work filled with nothing but bishounen?

I found the plot extremely refreshing, and the pace had me clicking for more. The heroine, like what the author says, is more of a hero, with the fake!Luca being the heroine instead XD.

Every character was interesting, in that they had their own motivations for the things they did, and some characters are not what they seem. Luca, whom Setsu almost kind of idolises... is especially not what he seems. I think this title would be enjoyed by people who love european-ambient political stories, and want something beyond self-indulgent eyecandy manga. smile

I don't think the end was tragedy though. There were just some things that had to happen. And that's what lends this manga a realistic feel.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by carlemb
September 5th, 2010, 3:04am
I wasn't quite sure what to make of this series at first with its kickass if somewhat androgynous female lead, plain artwork and mysterious plot. The story could be a bit slow-moving and uneventful at times, but in the end I would recommend this series, in that I found it very uncliched, so this is one for those that are tired of typical shojo plots. Just a warning about the end though, it might not be what you expect, though plenty of hints is given to that end throughout the series.
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Rating: N/A
by lily_kitty15
July 28th, 2010, 8:29am
it was an ok series every chapter just kept getting confusing for me and
wen it seemed that u got the answer to make this manga less confusing more
question raised until the end not my favorite story i can say.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hoacj
April 10th, 2010, 11:28pm
It's almost been a year since the last update of a chapter.
But I can wait. (:
Second of all, great story. There isn't much character development, but the story development helps back up that lack of element that Scarlet Chair doesn't have.
I anticipate so much from this even though I wouldn't necessarily WHOA at the overall work.
But yes, it's worthy of any reader out there looking for a little something to read.
In the end, I gave it a 10 for some odd reason, not because I'm particularly loving the overall, but because I'm completely drawn to it.

... Last updated on April 10th, 2010, 11:29pm
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Rating: N/A
by Trifoilum
April 8th, 2010, 6:15am
For shoujo with politics,'s quite good. At least for me, who's completely blind about this kind of genre.

several comments, tho:
1) The swords. About the sketchy art, I can accept everything else (not that good, but not that unacceptable either) aside the swords. It all looked like bokken; dull and curved and.....whut?
2) The later plot revelation made it all personal, and in extension, rather.... shoujo-like. Yeah. >_>;
3) The feel was very plain, idyliic even, and it works at certain points, but on another, i kinda wish she used a more thicker pen. And the royalties all lacked grandeur... I don't think 'idyliic' have to mean lacking that majestic aura...
4) I like the protagonist, but so far only her. >_>; Others are....quite forgettable.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shoufuu
December 6th, 2009, 12:12am
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Even though I didn't really like Dorii Jin that much, I cried RIVERS when he died! D: Awesome; but so sad....CHAPTER 9! I DEMAND CHAPTER 9!! *end rant haha*
I just read Chinese raw (that I didn't get haha) and It was revealed that Setsu found the real Luca, and that the fake Luca's name is actually Saki. So Saki and Sestu get out of the castle, and Luca returns to the throne room. Before this, he promised to continue living, which is obviously a lie TT^TT Anyways, he goes to Kazuna, and Kazuna orders the intruders to bow down in the presence of the king. They probably didn't survive though, since the castle was razed the ground. There was also a flashback of Luca and Kazuna. Luca knew he was sick and wouldn't live for more than two or three years, so he went on the journey so Setsu wouldn't feel sad. However, he did live more that that, haha. Anyways, he wanted to give Saki, his best friend, who had nothing, everything he had: the throne. So sad. Depressing. Gosh. I cried rivers, I tell you, RIVERS.

...Now I'm wondering why this wasn't put under Tradegy... D:

... Last updated on December 6th, 2009, 12:29am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Licia Valentine
June 22nd, 2009, 10:36am
I was able to finish the raws of Hiiro no Isu and I don't know what to say. Its definitely a fresh tone from the funny and refreshing shoujo's I love. Its tone reminds me so much of Piano No Mori... sad and touching. Maybe I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon this work by Midorikawa-sensei. Although its not ugly... I don't think I am looking forward to her other works. Its depressing.
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The story more than makes up for the art   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by asianromance
March 27th, 2009, 6:32pm
The art isn't very ugly- just rough and a bit lazy.

however, the story is amazing. I was captivated from the get-go. I am touched by the sense of wistfulness in the story and by the dedication the king, Setsu, and Dorii have shown towards each other and towards finding Yuka. It was heartwarming in that sense. There is also the atmosphere of mystery that this mangaka does really well and the twists- omg-the twists! got me screaming "omg!! no way!!!"

This manga really knows how to tell a good story! I hope it ends well and that Setsu will finally get to meet him face-to-face.
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Another solid piece   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
December 14th, 2008, 8:49pm
This is another piece filled with all of Midorikawa's trademarks that make her so great. Interesting premise with strong storytelling, characters with interesting personalities, and the air of originality, that almost more importantly, makes it all memorable. I think her art is probably less suited to works like these, but it's still successful and I can honestly say that there isn't much to complain about, other than a slight overuse of white space.

As with all her works, this deserves a recommendation. I can only hope that it sees completion.

... Last updated on December 14th, 2008, 8:50pm
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Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
December 12th, 2008, 11:55pm
Hmm, I enjoyed the characters, the setting and the various twists itself. It's all really exciting and I can't wait to see the ending.

The only slight issues are the repetitive lines in each chapter(yes, the characters keep repeating what they're doing), that the flashback scenes could use a bit more excitement or better pacing and that the early chapters had quite a few pages with minimal art.
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