Monday, January 4, 2016

Manga Review: Requiem of the Rose King, Volume 2, by Aya Kanno

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Volumes: 5+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Richard's father, the patriarch of the House of York, seems poised to become king of medieval England during the Wars of the Roses. But just as success appears imminent, he is attacked. Now in the midst of deep despair, Richard acts out in revenge and must face a powerful and beautiful new enemy.


I have a hard time reviewing this series. It’s messy and complicated and bloody. There are a few big reveals in this volume, some very bad twists. And I come out of it surprised and confused, and with not a whole lot to say.
Richard is taking a dark turn, but I won’t spoil that. I’m intrigued by the man and woman status Richard has, and how these things were handled back then. Margaret is terrible, and King Edward is going into a trap. I feel bad for what is happening with Henry, because I think he’s a sweet guy who’s being drug into an evil mess.
I’m intrigued for the next volume, and I am enjoying Kanno’s art and way of storytelling for this series.

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