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Crimson Hero 7

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Crimson Hero (7/20)
Takanashi Mitsuba
Viz Media – Shojo Beat

Sets 25-28

Well compare to the previous volume this one is alright.

Ayako is pretty much upset with Nobara and of course I understand where she is coming from. Since she accidentally heard the Yabe ace players talked about Nobara being invited to train with the best of the best volleyball players. So thats why Ayako is pretty much upset but I think its just that she’s afraid of the possiblity that Nobara will leave them for a better team.

Nobara goes to practice with the elite team, its one of those once in million chance. She realizes she likes to play volleyball and gets stronger with her Crimson team so she decided to return. Its great to see Nobara wanting to be with her old teammates and to strive to be on top. If we are realistically speaking, if she really want to become a real pro she shouldn’t have passed that chance up. But yeah its not the case, Nobara’s decision to come back is a nice theme for the story, strive to succeed sort of morale. She wants to get better along with her teammate and compete with the best.

It’s nice to see the minor rivalry between Konako and Nobara as it gives them character-contrast and drive to be better than the other. Its great that because of their little rivalry provide inspiration to each other. Kyoka’s family problem although came to a sudden resolution is a nice contribution to the story as well. Rena and Tomoyo needs to get some story arc, a one chapter focus on them will suffice. I want to see Rena takes the spotlight as I’m still interested to see her get better at Volleyball.

We also got some not so interesting side story around the Crimson Male Volleyball team. Some second year members resigned from the team because they feel that their couch is not giving them ample attention. Since most of the first year members gets to be the star. I couldn’t careless to this part of the story but it makes up half of the volume that its hard not to. Its abit confusing though, its hard to follow the story because the guys have the tendency to have the same hairstyle so its hard for me to distinguish who talked or did some certain action. I just felt that its abit of a mess. I appreciate and felt the connection with one of the side character though, Tachibana. I like him even though he is just some minor background character I just feel that he should be the inspiration to all of them.

In the last chapter, Nobara still doesn’t realize that when they practice as a group she doesn’t play to her full potential as to with the real opponent. She thinks that she is a weak ace player thus their coach send her off to meet someone who will show her the way to use and develop her potential. Why not send all of them. lol

Sometimes Nobara is so caught up on just playing Volleyball that she doesn’t realize she is that GOOD. Its one of my annoyance toward her but heck its needed to propel the story.

Even with the ever so often absence of Haibuki, this volume of Crimson Hero is fairly good. Shame this is the last one I have on hand as I would have read the next volumes. I’ll try to get the rest of the volumes to catch up with its current Viz released, I just don’t know when. Its not my top priority for now but this series is getting good that I don’t want to forget the events or the story.

Crimson Hero 6

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Crimson Hero (6/20)
Takanashi Mitsuba
Viz Media – Shojo Beat

Sets 21-24

Well what do you know! Volume 6 is pretty damn good. For the first time I feel that this series is good. The story of Haibuki’s childhood was revealed. So basically he admires Nobara so much that she becomes his inspiration defeating his asthma against all odd. Can asthma be outgrown? Just wondering..

This volume is the best one yet. The story is much more engaging. Its a total flip for me! I like it this time so I’m hoping that from this volume onward the story doesn’t falter.

The love triangle aspect isn’t much of the focus. As much as I love love stories, I find it that in order for the romance to be successful the main characters need to be likeable first and foremost. So in this volume we get to see the trio interact much more than the previous volumes.

Nobara’s attitude toward love is quite admirable. She isn’t the cliche shojo heroine who longs to be love back. She acknowledges her feelings and she tries to understand them but she doesn’t let it get in the way of what she wants, volleyball. Nobara is a good lead character so I’m starting like her more. On the other hand I like Yushin but I know I like Haibuki as much. I am more interested to where their love triangle story would go. In this volume it isn’t the focus so in a sense their love is developing slowly. Both guys have their good points but for now I am just going to read by to see what might the ultimate outcome. I’m not gonna go pry who is much better for Nobara so to speak. Its fine whoever Nobara choose but yeah in this volume that is not the subject.

There are more development on this volume. I like it that the author decided to give Ayako and Kyoka their own story. Hopefully all of the Crimson girls volleyball member will have stories of their own.

I am warming up to the story. Most of its casts are getting sympathetic. Just when I think I’m dropping this series it became good. Its such a surprise.

Even the volleyball match this time around is very much engaging. Its because the character is very much involved. I meant the characters are much more in the story with their personal porblems rather than romance being involved in it. Such as Kyoka’s family struggles, Ayako inner conflict and such. It’s much more engaging to read them play because they have their purpose. Unlike the previous match they had against Yabe, the match presented in here didn’t got wallowed in romance.

Crimson Hero if you get your game together I am more likely to be invested to you than my intial impression. Can’t wait to read volume 7!

CHEERS!

Crismon Hero 5

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Crimson Hero (5/20)
Takanashi Mitsuba
Viz Media – Shojo Beat

Sets 17-20

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.