First English edition of Crimson Spell, published by Kitty Media on July 18, 2007
|Genre||Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Romance, Yaoi|
|Written by||Ayano Yamane|
|Published by||Tokuma Shoten|
|Original run||2006 – present|
Crimson Spell (Japanese: クリムゾン・スぺル? Hepburn: Kurimuzon Superu) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ayano Yamane. It is licensed in North America by SuBLime and in Germany by Tokyopop Germany.
Prince Val is forced by circumstance to use his family's cursed sword, and so he seeks out the services of Halvir, a sorcerer to help him lift the curse. They travel to find the materials to help lift the curse. The curse is unknown to Val, but it manifests itself as turning Val into a bloodthirsty and lustful demon at night. Halvir subdues the demon by having sex with it, and when Val awakes, he remembers nothing. Over the course of the manga, Val and Halvir meet several new allies that accompany them in trying to defeat Val's curse.
Crimson Spell is written and illustrated by Ayano Yamane. Vol. 1, 2 and 3 were initially licensed in North America by Kitty Media, although volume 3 was never published; as of 2013 the title is now licensed by SuBLime. It is licensed in Germany by Tokyopop Germany.
|No.||Original release date||Original ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||July 25, 2005||ISBN 978-4-19-960292-4||July 18, 2007 (Kitty Media edition)
December 10, 2013 (SuBLime edition)
|2||March 24, 2007||ISBN 978-4-19-960339-6||August 1, 2008 (Kitty Media edition)
February 11, 2014 (SuBLime edition)
|3||March 25, 2009||ISBN 978-4-19-960401-0||April 8, 2014||ISBN 978-1421564234|
|4||November 25, 2010||ISBN 978-4-19-960457-7||June 10, 2014||ISBN 978-1421564241|
|5||March 5, 2013||ISBN 978-4-19-960546-8||August 12, 2014||ISBN 978-1421567655|
Lissa Pattillo of Comics Village commends the manga for its "passionate encounters and some fantastic artwork". Julie Rosato of Mania.com criticises the first chapter for rushing "things a bit". Holly Ellingwood of Active Anime commends the manga for going "beyond the average yaoi to give readers a truly immersing fantasy world". She also comments on the "scorching and beautifully drawn" love scenes". Managing editor of Media Blasters, Frank Pannone summarises the series as "a really good fantasy book that has sex scenes in it.”
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- "Crimson Spell Volume 1". SuBLime. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
- "Crimson Spell Band 1" (in German). Tokyopop Germany. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
- "Chara CD Collection "Crimson Spell"". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
- Pattillo, Lissa (March 19, 2008). "The Crimson Spell Volume 1". Comics Village. Archived from the original on June 6, 2008. Retrieved May 30, 2009.
- Rosato, Julie (December 10, 2007). "Crimson Spell Vol. #01". Mania.com. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
- Ellingwood, Holly (December 10, 2007). "Crimson Spell". Active Anime. Retrieved May 30, 2009.
- Cha, Kai-Ming (March 13, 2007). "Media Blasters Drops Shonen; Adds Yaoi". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 27, 2010.