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Japanese: カンタレラ
English: Cantarella
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 49
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 16, 2000 to Apr 16, 2010
Genres: Drama Drama, Supernatural Supernatural
Themes: Historical Historical, Mythology Mythology
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Princess Gold
Authors: Higuri, You (Story & Art)


Score: 7.521 (scored by 11451,145 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #27942
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #5706
Members: 3,402
Favorites: 74


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From birth, Cesare Borgia is surrounded by hellish shadows that threaten to consume him. Damned by his own father, hated by his closest brother, separated from the sister who loves him, and driven by the demons of Hell itself, he sets out on a quest for power that threatens to set the world of Renaissance Italy ablaze. Will he find salvation in Michelotto, a mysterious assassin bent on saving Cesare's soul... even if it means slaying his demon-possessed body? Or will all Italy be seduced by the tragic eyes of the infamous murderer known as Cesare Borgia?

(Source: Go! Comi)


The first ten volumes of Cantarella were published in English by Go! Comi from October 1, 2005 to April 23, 2008, before the publisher went defunct.



Apr 21, 2014
Giving this series a 10/10 for everything- story, art, character, enjoyment.

Its a story full of angst, forbidden relationships and unrequited love. Each character is doomed to suffer emotionally for life. And the protagonist Cesare has the worst share of them all.

Story: The story is well woven with historical facts (can't say how much percentage though) + heavy dose of supernatural elements to it, similar to how the Hakuouki anime series has been made. It gave me a vague idea of what kind of struggles must have taken place between France and Italy which was really interesting to read, since I haven't really read much about ...
Apr 4, 2010
Preliminary (Unknown/49 eps)
Renaissance Italy, beautiful boys, intrigue, evil, murderous plots, flawless art...sound good? You might want to check out Cantarella.

The artwork alone is truly reason enough to buy the entire series. I confess to being a Yuu Higuri art fanatic and this series had me swooning. Higuri did her research and the clothes, scenery and background art is as authentic as you could ever hope to expect from a manga. (As far as I can tell, having not lived in Renaissance Italy, or modern Italy for that matter.) The clothes are never-ending, the gowns, the puffy-sleeved shirts, the jewelery, the elaborate hairstyles, capes and shoes! Always changing, ...
Apr 9, 2010
Preliminary (Unknown/49 eps)
This is a splendid fantasy manga with historical background. Beautiful art, a hint for shounen-ai, a hint of incest - it is very well balanced.

So far my favorite shoujo manga !

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