Richard, the ambitious third son of the House of York, believes he is cursed, damned from birth to eternal darkness. But is it truly fate that sets him on the path to personal destruction? Or his own tormented longings?
Based on an early draft of Shakespeare's Richard III, Aya Kanno's dark fantasy finds the man who could be king standing between worlds, between classes, between good and evil.
You like manga and William Shakespeare? Well look no further, this time Aya Kanno shows us her skills by taking on the classic play "Richard III" and accompanies it with beautiful illustrations, which make reading and looking at "Baraou no Souretsu" pure joy. It has all the darkness of Shakespeare's play, dirty games of/for thrones, a little love, a little religion, a little scandal, some mysteries - what is Richard? I just love this play, so to be able to read it as manga is amazing. If you aren't familiar with Richard III, it's fine, in the manga the story gets explained
well enough. I couldn't stop reading once I started, it's profound as it should be (but also has some light moments) and all those great characters, constantly we are forced to ask ourselves, if this person in front of us, for doing what he does - is evil or just a human like everyone else, aren't we all doing evil things, what is evil anyway?! A soldier that kills to protect someone else? A parent that can't love her child, because she is scared of it? A woman tortured and punished for wanting something seemingly impossible? A story about life, hope, death, loneliness, revenge and so many other things.
If you would like to read something that comes close to perfection, it's Shakespeare's Richard III, a piece of literature, which many other great artists have made plays or movies about (some good some bad) or used as inspiration, but rarely did I enjoy literature that comes in manga format, so Aya thank you for this well done piece of work, something different from typical shoujo or shounen manga, which hopefully won't end too fast :) As a matter of fact, now I want to search for more mangas that are based on Shakespeares plays.
tbh i dont feel like writing much, but this manga is so good that i need to tell yall that its a 10 and just READ IT
it depends on your taste of course, this manga is very very VERY deep and dark.
"When lions fight, innocent lamb get caught in the fray"
story- over 9000, (max 10)
It is historical fiction. There was a thing called the "Wars of the Roses", in England with the Lancaster and York. It has references, like Jeanne D'arc, a woman called a witch. Not to spoil or anything, it's kind of obvious but SPOILER ALERT, the MC, Richard is born..... yet he
(its not very clear) is not a girl nor boy, ostracized and hated by his mother who thinks she gave birth to a monster, yet dearly loved by his/her father. (OMG the father daughter relationship is so adorable i want to cri. ) She endlessly trains to become stronger, and is very skilled. She was born into thinking that her life is cursed, and through these dynastic wars, she will encounter new people, new enemies, who either will "fall in love" with her or try to kill her. (In the end of recent chapter you can really tell how messed up some stuff is)
Great art, creates a deep, dark feel to it.
character- 69 lol jk (max 10)
how can you not love them. You would end up loving the enemies, everybody.... well except for coughcoughrapistscoughcough or coughcoughevilqueencoughcough or coughevilcoughmothercough. You will love the enemies sometimes. The other king is a true mastepiece..... the king (father) is just. he is awesome. HUGE SPOILER AHEAD cough i feel so sorry for him he COUGH SPOILER died in the hands of a COUGH rachet queen and died in sorrow and regret COUGH because he thought his beloved daughter died COUGH cuz evil queen tricked him COUGH and then in the end of recent chapter she kissedher father's choppedoff headthat was stuck inapole.
enjoyment-infinity man. infinity
I had the best sad deep time reading this. i havent read something as dark as this since happy hours (its ironic but the title makes sense)
overall- (max 10)
The artwork is amazing. I wanted to get that out of the way, because it's one of only two redeeming qualities of this Manga. The other is that it's based off of the Henriad by Shakespeare, and that man knew what he was doing. The main conceit of the series, and it's not a spoiler for saying so, is that the main character, Richard, is a girl. But she's treated by her parents and the rest of the world as a boy. Consequently, her mother regards her as a demon and a witch. Because, you see, Richard is a boy, but with the body of
a girl.... The entire thing reeks of exploiting transgenderism for the sake of having two beautiful boys in a romantic relationship. Shakespeare famously wrote Richard to have a hunchback: that was the external ugliness to mirror his internal ugliness. By treating transgenderism as the external ugliness instead of a hunchback, for the sake of making a yaoi-not-yaoi novel is just completely inappropriate.