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Synonyms: Rose Witch - Crimson Shell
Japanese: Crimson-Shell
English: Crimson-Shell
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 6
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 18, 2005 to Jan 18, 2006
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Mystery Mystery, Romance Romance, Supernatural Supernatural
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: GFantasy
Authors: Mochizuki, Jun (Story & Art)


Score: 6.991 (scored by 37213,721 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #82522
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Popularity: #2146
Members: 7,944
Favorites: 82

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A genius mad scientist once bred a special flower in his quest for eternal youth and immortality, implanting the seeds of this "Premier Rose" in human beings. Housing roses inside their bodies granted the human hosts not only various benefits, but also various side effects, including the need for the roses to feed off of victims. The majority of the test subjects, "Black Roses," were used as living weapons and kept under control by their creator. One subject of the experiment was dubbed a "defective failure" and hidden away.

Claudia the "Rose Witch," also called a "Crimson Rose," normally does not need to feed on humans and only does so if she loses her self-control. When the Roses' creator disappeared five years ago, the organization conducting research swiftly rebranded as "Red Rose." Brought out of the shadows, Claudia became Red Roses' primary means to eliminate the suddenly untamable Black Roses.

Guarded by the "Thorn," Wilhelm, who shares a blood covenant with her—and working with a special division of Red Rose named "Crimson-Shell"—Claudia must survive betrayal by a suspected traitor within the organization, as well as discover the truth behind a "Jet Rose" who may be leading the Black Roses.

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Crimson Shell was published in English by Yen Press on November 17, 2009, and digitally on April 15, 2014.


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Jun 18, 2011
So - I admit I don´t read much manga, but I´m translating one series by this mangaka, Pandora Hearts. And I browsed around and found Crimson Shell. As I saw it has only 6 chapters, I decided "why not read it?" In the end, the length was the thing that made this series lose a point because it was outstanding.
Story - 9
The story was shockingly outstanding right from the beginning. It was exciting from the start and in the ends it had breath-taking situations which is a great +. Yet after finishing the last chapter I was like "why is this not any longer?" ...
Jul 5, 2021
Crimson shell achieves a fleshed out story with great characterization in the span of only 6 chapters.
This is a huge feat considering many stories can take up to 100 to 200 chapters and they still lack these things..
Crimson shell is another tragic tale by Jun that revolves around " a rose" and its"Thorn"
"A locked up shell" who is rescued by a "friend". It takes inspiration from sleeping beauty but its soo minor that you dont really notice it until the very end, considering how different the story and the mechanics are
It follows the themes of friendship, Betrayal and loyalty with addition to self worth as ...
Aug 27, 2014
I would give this a all 10 but it had the capabilities of being more than a one-shot. This one-shot had everything perfectly placed for how short it was. Excitement, betrayal, love, friendship, evilness, and at the end a very sad part that made me cry.

It's obviously done by the same author which makes me love it even more. If you love Pandora Hearts then you will love this one-shot. The art was beautiful, the character were done quickly and right. It doesn't look that much but Pandora Hearts fans! Read this one-shot! You will like it! And the plot is really good. Too ...

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