Shirayuki with Red Hair (absolutely not to be confused with Anna with Red Hair) is a fairly “historical” shojo. In fact, in Japan the publication began in 2006 and at the moment it has 24 tankobons.
Born as a self-contained story freely inspired by the fairy tale of Snow White (literal translation of Shirayuki), he soon caught the attention of the publisher who asked the author Sorata Akiduki to continue … and it must be said that he saw us well enough, given the success achieved by the manga. Not only did it lead to the creation of an anime, produced by Bones in 2015, but today we find it even in Italy thanks to Edizioni Star Comics!
It is a work that pushes a lot on the idea of destiny, since red is considered the color of destiny in Japan (the red thread that binds soul mates and so on), but not in an absolute sense … let’s go and see how.
Product: Red-Haired Shirayuki
Publisher: Star Comics editions
Edition: Paperback with dust jacket
Author: Sorata Akiduki
Volumes: 1 /? (in progress)
Format: 11.5 × 17.5 cm
Release date: 19/05/2021
Official price: € 5.50
The Manganalysis of Shirayuki with Red Hair 1 was made thanks to the kind support of Edizioni Star Comics
Analysis and impressions
“I was born with hair the color of a red apple. Being a rarity, the prince of Tanbarun, the kingdom in which I was born and raised, had planned to make me his concubine. Refusing such a fate, I fled the Kingdom to a wood in the neighboring kingdom and there I met the one who rescued me … Zen, the second-born prince of the Kingdom of Clarines.“
This is the summary with which Shirayuki opens the chapters following the first and immediately makes two very important points clear: the first is that not all principles are the same, and the second is that destiny can guide us but it is always us who decide whether to take the road or not.
This is how the modern fairy tale written by Sorata Aduki, which has as its protagonist, immediately emerges a much more active Snow White in her decisions of the classic one and with a purpose in life that goes beyond being just any princess.
In fact, Shirayuki is a very tough girl, who aims to become a court herbalist on her own strength. Being close to Zen can also be a big incentive, and it is clear that gratitude is not the only feeling she feels towards her, but this does not mean that she will let the prince to “save” her for life. Goal number one is to stand on your own two feet and not on a pair of crystal slippers!
Obviously this doesn’t mean that Zen won’t be there to support her along the way and they certainly will countless heart-pounding opportunities, flavored with the incomparable taste of the self-confident “rebel prince” and his blind faith in the protagonist, which are among the most appetizing ingredients in shojo recipes.
A look at the edition
Shirayuki with Red Hair arrives in a paperback edition with dust jacket, which depicts the protagonist ready to immerse herself in her herbal medicine studies, scrolls and pen in hand: obviously her hair stands out, just the color of a red apple. On the back we find a miniature of Zen, accompanied by the synopsis of the work.
The internal flaps are also very nice: the right shows an illustration of Shirayuki with an apple-shaped container filled with red petals (will she need them for some concoction?), The left instead two flowers of yura shigure which will be important throughout history.
The part that I appreciated most of the edition, however, are the comments of Sorata Akiduki: these are presented in the margin of the page in each chapter and contain many curiosities about the characters, the work and the adventures of the author while she was making it.
Also very nice are the extras, which include a small funny cartoon relating to the “idiot prince” of the first chapter and the presentation of the various characters. In addition there is a one shot disconnected from the main story with protagonists … well, let’s say the four seasons, but above all the summer. A reading that I found very pleasant.
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What does the Nerd-O-Meter?
Red-Haired Shirayuki 1 introduces the story of a Snow White very different from the classic one: a girl determined not to allow any prince to make her his only because he decided to keep her as a trophy, but at the same time ready to fight to stay close to a prince who has proved himself worthy of her efforts.
Sorata Akidoki’s modern fairy tale is fun, romantic and does not pretend to completely overturn stereotypes. The princess does not save the prince, Zen knows how to get by on his own, but they both support each other. In this way he manages to maintain that balance which is basic in the shojo, leaving the prince the moments in which to shine and make the reader’s heart beat even more than in Shirayuki.
Shirayuki with Red Hair 1 is available at your trusted comic store or directly on official site Star Comics Editions.