Crimson Hero (5/20)
Viz Media – Shojo Beat
I did not expect for this series to get full blown shojo romance this early! Volume 5 provides a handful and excessive at that, shojo 101 plots. You get cheaters, filler rivals, confessions, cold shoulders and such! Amazing it happened in just one volume.
Poor Yashin his girlfriend is cheating on him! Get this she said that she is lonely. For crying out loud girl you know Yashin plays Volleyball. She should’ve known better since she used to be Yashin’s manager back in junior years. Goddamn! You got served! So yeah dramatic events ensues afterwards since Nobara was there when it happened. She and Yashin happens to run by Satomi and the guy. That’s just so cliche to end Yashin’s relationship.
So we find out that Yui is retiring this volume that means their team need yet one more member. Luckily there is one that join, merely to get Yashin’s attention. Since Yashin’s team made it to the top prelim, the boys Volleyball team is getting more popular amongst the girls especially Yashin and Haibuki. This Kanako girl, she is simply used to bring a stir to Nobara and Yashin’s relationship. You can’t expect her to be a real rival since she provides most of the much needed comedic reliefs this series seriously lack of.
Thanks to Kanako Nobara’s feelings toward Yashin is out in the open and of course the series gets abit melodramatic. Haibuki is not so much in the picture these couple of volumes but in here we get to see him feel jealous and he gets a little violent towards Yashin. He seem like a type of person who gets physical, still not bordering any sort of abuser lol.
At the end we get the best of the shojo story formula. The “kissing” that shouldn’t be seen by the other main guy. Go Haibuki kiss her. Man I will bet that Yashin will punch the daylight out of Haibuki. Since he’s coming to where they are.
I should like this alot but meh this series doesn’t moved me nor make me feel any sort of fuzziness.
The thing I find the most curiously about is to why Haibuki changed from being a happy kid to a silent mysterious guy.. I like childhood crushes story but I prefer Yashin than Haibuki, Haibuki isn’t as involved much in the early volumes though, so I expect to get some focus on him.
This time around the direction of this series is full speed in the romance side rather than the volleyball game nor the family problems of Nobara.
Still the series is not up to par to my dose of shojo love story. Sport aspect wise it isn’t as nearly good as well. Maybe I’m just being harsh but still Crimson Hero is just a normal read than anything.