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.
(Source: VIZ Media)
Volume 15: "Second"
Volume 16: Sugar
I like how this manga is sport related because I don't know much about volleyball. It's interesting that volleyball and romance are both in this manga. Nobara goes through so much and matures through the course of the story. Throughout the manga you can see the passion the boys and girls have for volleyball.
Do not fear for this review contains NO spoilers.
This manga is not average at all. The characters display immense maturity which makes the story all the more realistic. If you are tired of cheesy romances and cliché plots, then this manga will definitely spice up your life.
Nobara, main protagonist, is very serious about volleyball however is NOT a stone cold warrior. She is an average high school teenager struggling to become stronger and more independent. What is generally seen in shoujo manga is that the romance takes a very central position in the
plot however that is not the case with this manga.
Nobara not only grows as a character as she encounters various challenges through volleyball but ALSO in dealing with her romantic feelings towards other characters. If this entire manga revolved around volleyball then the story would, no doubt, be slightly boring but Nobara encounters feelings of love and decides how to face them. The plot is in fact strong enough without any romance as Nobara is a very deep character and her growth itself is compelling enough to keep one interested in the manga. HOWEVER as there is enough romance to jazz things even more, the story gets even more FANTASTIC!
The art gets a perfect 10 as there are no irritating blushing spasms that characters have. Those to me are extremely unrealistic. The characters of course DO blush, but just the perfect amount. The art is otherwise really beautiful and each character shows a lot of expression. (I'm a stickler for art)
This manga is however not perfect. Although this manga contains a refreshing sight of maturity in characters, they are still high school teenagers who don't know how to perfectly deal with life. I really would have liked it even more if the main characters had chosen to deal with their problems together, through their romance, and hence shown more scenes where they grow together but Nobara is stubborn and takes very independent decisions (which can also be admired in fact). There are enough squeal worthy moments in the romance but I would have liked it if the manga showed more of the main couple's high school life together.
This manga was utterly compelling. I finished it within two days and stayed up the entirety of last night finishing it. Anyone who liked Chihayafuru will love this as well!
Overall: Crimson Hero is a sports manga centered around a young girl named Nobara. Along with the volleyball-driven plot, the manga also incorporates a love story--or love triangle.
I am a fan of a good love story and I felt that this one worked with the overall storyline of the manga. It is not your typical sappy love story, as, in my opinion, the game of volleyball matters more to the main character, Nobara, than love does. (although both do matter to her).
Story: I enjoyed the story very much. There were a few things I'd like to see elaborated on, but other than that
I found it to be a solid manga with barely any plot holes. I'll admit that some events are easy to guess, but others came to me as a surprise.
Art: I like the artwork a lot. The characters are all drawn beautifully. I just had a slight issue with some of the facial expressions- it seemed as if the characters did not have a large array of expressions.
Character: Honestly, I like Nobara. She's tough, but also flawed. She is a round character rather than a flat character and I found her easy to like.
Put simply, Nobara is a tomboy whose family owns an establishment that she, as the eldest daughter does not wish to take over. Her only passion is volleyball, but though she wants to pursue her dreams, she is held back by her family. Enrolling herself in a high school that she had heard was known for its volleyball team, the only way she can stay is by working as a dorm mother of an all-boys dorm, where five freshman volleyball-players lived. Having the false impression that a girls' volleyball team existed, she soon discovered that her mother had paid the school to
take down the team (which was pathetic to begin with). Determined, she makes up her mind to round up members for a team, and with tremendous effort, Nobara finds herself a 6-member team. Her parents still want to bring her home (as she basically ran away), but they eventually come to an agreement that she could stay and have her way until her high school years end, giving her three years to play volleyball. Now, Nobara finds herself falling in love with Yushin, one of the volleyball boys in her dorm. However, he already has a girlfriend and is very dedicated to her. She later discovers that Keisuke Haibuki, an ill but sweet boy she knew when she was young, is also one of the volleyball boys in the dorm. Having admired her for her determination and skills in volleyball when he was little, he breaks up with his girlfriend (who had given up volleyball after an accident though she fully recovered, and was convinced by Nobara later to take it up again) because he realizes that he is falling for Nobara. Nobara will go through several trials with her team, and several alone.