Synonyms: The Royal Hieroglyph, Daughter of the Nile, Crest of the Royal Family, Royal Emblem
Published: Jul 1976 to ?
Score: 7.351 (scored by 374 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
*Yo! Paris! Is that you!
Paris as in Paris Hilton, guys...
Goes to study in the swelteringly hot Egypt because she majors in Archeology (doesn't she realise she doesn't have to go all the way to Egypt to study the major... Probably not, actually). There she and her buds go see the real statues of ancient Egypt while studying them and her millionaire dad just happens to be investing in discovering ancient tombs and miraculously, they discover one and a curse unfortunately came with the package. So (not so) poor (in any way) little Goldie got stuck in ancient Egypt and became worshiped as a goddess (boohoo).
Where am I supposed to pity this chick? She's rich in modern times and when she gets stuck in ancient Egypt, she has a pharaoh as a lover and did I mention she is WORSHIPED as a goddess? Spoiled through and through and a blond-beauty to boot as exceedingly emphasized in the story.
COMPARE AND DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOOOOW! It's a compare and die column! Where I compare two similar Mangas! (Probably the first AND last so ENJOY!!!)
SO as Red River is in the recommended Manga list, and I've read both the Mangas:
It's time TO COMPARE!!! (AND DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! (me not you))
So both stories are about chicks stuck in the past and both fall in love with the Princes/Kings but the quality storywise, is definitely higher in Red River; it's full of dimensions and suspense and not over-blown obstacles between the two lovers while in The Royal Hieroglyph it was so DULL. It's pattern was unchanging and quite annoying in which every guy who looks at the girl falls in love with her for her looks and her looks only, since she has zero personality.
In art quality, hands down The Royal Hieroglyph (up till I read anyway) because after a point Red River's art looked more like spaghetti (it ISN'T random, it was that bad) and the 21st century and that's saying something.
Though the art quality stinks after a point in Red River; I'd recommend it as I saw it, it was better than The Royal Hieroglyph.
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The art in The Royal Hieroglyph as mentioned in the COMPARE AND DIE! column did give the story a huge boost, though I'd have still liked the facial features to have more details; it was proportionate and detailed in settings.
Not something I'd vehemently recommend, the story didn't do it for me; I'd have liked much more details and I'd have liked the writer to have pushed boundaries and added dimensions to the story instead of leaving it as a shallow love. read more
The characters are so one dimensional it's infuriating. Oh the author TRIES to make them dynamic and interesting but it falls harder than a newborn giraffe. She is smart and understands how to create clean filtered water and build empires with the possession of weapons (while the Egyptian empire NEVER thought of it) and escape dungeons that how even the most desperate of men and REVERSE THE FRIGGING FLOW OF A HUGE RIVER TO BRING DOWN THE WALLS OF A CITY MADE OF DRIED MUD!!!.....but can't manage to evade one man trying to kidnap her? LAZY WRITING!!!!! And she also can't figure out that maybe a physically abusive tyrat isn't someone you should just readily resign to marry. Then there's the Pharaoh: Memphis is devoting and caring and protective and understanding....when he's not forcing you to starve and rot in a dark dirty dungeon simple because you don't want to kiss him. Oh yeah! He does that! Then regrets it like a child regrets getting caught by his parents: he's not sorry, he's sorry it got so big and he got busted. Granted he's pharaoh and no one would think to punish him (further spoiling him) but he's not making much effort to LEARN from his mistake. He breaks her arm and feels bad but he still abuses her WHILE her arm is healing. He's a king but he acts like a spoiled brat rather than a tyrant, he doesn't think to steal weaponry and needs a woman to point that out to him and doesn't consider SELLING his newly conquered wealth to build an armory, he's as gullible as a TODDLER, yet he's often out-of-nowhere portrayed as a worthy military leader! The other characters exist either to separate the lovers and/or try to conquer/steal their hearts and/or country. On top of that, EVERYTHING that happens seems to require a massive over-reaction. "I dropped a plate", "I found a sharp object", "I see my beloved or his enemy" *SUPER MEGA ULTRA CHOCOLATEY-COATED SPECIAL DESU-DESU MOE-MODE GASP!!!!! every moment is played up like a climax so you can't bask in the quiet moments or appreciate any subtlety.
On the other hand, the art starts our weak but then most manga do that because the artist is still in the process of perfecting a unique artstyle or look for a character. When that art style is established, you see something resembling the walls of a pyramid. Profile bodies, the way Egyptian drawings depict hands and object and poses, all of it resembling ancient Egyptian calligraphy. There are the frontal and rear and diagonal shots but when you see a side shot, the whole room turns into an ancient tablet, it's stunning. The character designs are unique and you can easily tell characters apart even if you forget their name. The Babylonian king LOOKS like he's from Babylon and if you aren't familiar with ancient dress code, it does a decent job of separating each look by country, class, and gender. You can tell the difference between a slave and a really poor commoner without seeing chains and whips. If not, their mannerisms are portrayed well enough to separated them. But then there's the over reactions to everything. It gets old when all the heroine knows how to do is gasp in fear and anxiety when she could just look and react (they actually have multiple panels and sometimes pages of *SUPER MEGA ULTRA CHOCOLATEY-COATED SPECIAL DESU-DESU MOE-MODE GASP!!! for one character).
So as you can see, I didn't finish this. There's two reasons for that: 1) I've been reading it online and I could only find it in English up to Chapter 62 [the chapters between 62 and probably 81 that I could find were in Vietnamese and I know how to navigate my way around multiple mange and non-manga site to find what I'm looking for] and 2) I realized that the only thing I was enjoying was the many ways this girl found an escape, how resourceful she was, battle strategies, and ancient politics. The love story didn't ignite me as ALL it had going was "save the dumbass that just portrayed himself/herself as some that can take care of themselves, and the characters were infuriatingly stupid from gullibility to falling in love with someone KNOWN to be violent to BASIC COMMON SENSE AND SURVIVAL SKILLS. I'd love to learn more about battle strategies and historical dilemmas and ideals but I just can stomach ANYMORE stupid characters and weak plot line and blatantly inaccurate historical references. It's fine for a while for those who have read "Red River" (or "Anatolia Tales" for some) and want to see the Orient in a different light or from a different point of view but I'd recommend reading this BEFORE "Red River" as it fails miserably in matching up and ANY of the above categories. Id rather have read this then moved up to something better than to see writing at it's best then see what happens when the writer doesn't care about being accurate or giving their characters AND story depth. My score total was what I averaged from the categories and "Mediocre" fits my opinion of this manga perfectly. read more