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From Viz: 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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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.
i love this manga... actually it makes me wanna cry whenever there is a conflict.... wah! i can relate it to my own love story but then again.... but i know we will not end up together! :-b
... Last updated on November 8th, 2007, 5:28am
I love it. There's depth into it, and not like the other shoujo manga where the heroine is totally head over heels in love at first sight. >w> And stuffz.
The plot builds up piece by piece, and it's realistic : nothing happens immediately. It builds up slowly like it does in real life. The volleyball team, the crushes, the team's victories, it just doesn't pop out of nowhere like a "miracle".
Loving it. <3 Unique plot, and gorgeous art work. And let's face it: the guys are HOT.
I really recommend it. ^__^
I Started reading this manga a while ago and I can honestly say it's a very good read. The characters are all different and the story actually has depth to it. The art is very good as well; this is definately one of takanashi's best, in my opinion. The story is actually interesting and is played out very well so far.
Crimson Hero is one of my all-time favorite manga. The art is beyond gorgeous, the plot is unique, and the characters are all very extraordinary in their own ways.
The best shoujo sports manga!
It's difficult to find a shoujo manga about sportswomen that takes the sport as (or even more) seriously than the romance. Crimson Hero is one such anomaly. And what a wonderful anomaly it is! The heroine is unique and strong and completely dedicated to her sport. It's wonderful to see a girl who doesn't just turn into a wilting damsel at the first sign of trouble or romance. Her pluck and her talent make her awesome to watch.
Sure, the actual volleyball matches don't start until the second volume, but the action is well worth the wait. It's pretty realistic, too... For example, the heroine's team doesn't just start winning immediately. They face many personal and athletic challenges along the way. Watching the team grow and change is very rewarding, and reminds me of the comraderie of my own high school days.
The individuality of all the team members is portrayed very convincingly. Their personal tribulations and strengths aren't ignored completely in favor of the heroine's characterization, which is a bonus. Usually, the friends of the heroine are treated as mere chorus characters by most shoujo mangakas, but in this case they're all slowly brought to light. It might take a while, but we end up learning about the setters and the blockers, not just the team's ace.
The boys are great, too, but I love the fact that this manga doesn't lose its head around them. What I mean is -- sure, the guys are gorgeous, but girls don't turn into glittery candy wrappers around them. They don't fit into bishounen stereotypes, either, although they might appear to do so at first. The brash, loud one actually turns out to be vulnerable and sensitive; conversely, the quiet, apparently well-mannered one turns out to have a thorny personality.
At any rate, boys or not, this manga's very much about the girls. And about volleyball.
Sports lovers absolutely shouldn't miss this. Even if you're usually allergic to shoujo because of its trashy romance factor, trust me when I say that Crimson Hero goes way beyond that, and celebrates sports as much as it does love.