Synonyms: The Scarlet Chair
Published: Dec 8, 2001 to Jun 10, 2004
Authors: Midorikawa, Yuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: LaLa DX
Score: 7.601 (scored by 606 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Sep 29, 2008
I absolutely loved this quant little manga and also like one of her (the author of this manga of course: Midorikawa, Yuki) other works (which is slowly becoming very popular since it is also an anime series), called Natsume Yuujinchou. I recommend reading the manga first, as the manga is a bit more explainable and the art is also better. ^^
Overall, this manga deserves a 10 as it's a very quaint and sadly unpopular (and finished manga Dx) manga that I think that everyone should read once in their life. It has a very laidback feel to it that you may or may not like. :D read more
Mar 10, 2012
If I had to describe this series in one word it would be 'nostalgic.' That's the feeling I got while I was reading. The theme is friendship and there are a lot of flashbacks of when Setsu and Luca were children. The scenes were drawn so tenderly in Midorikawa Yuki's dreamy, light style that it made me remember childhood friends I had in the past. There are also some great quotes throughout the manga that help evoke this feeling.
The characterization was excellent. I really cared about Setsu, Luca, the King, Dori, and Kulea. Setsu was an incredibly strong female lead. I liked that she was androgynous and could pass for a male too. The story ignores gender completely and only focuses on the emotional bonds of the characters. I found it really refreshing that there were sweet scenes between two males, two females, or a male and a female without bringing a sexual element into the story.
While Luca is technically one of the main characters, he remains a shadowy person and the readers only see him through the eyes of Setsu or the King. This mystery is present until the end when we finally discover what happened to him. Sometimes you can see where a story is heading, but I was genuinely surprised. It could not have ended more perfectly. This is now one of my favorite mangas and I hope that it's printed in English someday because I would love to own this!