Anime adaptations of manga are never exactly the same, and Requiem of the Rose King mangaka Aya Kanno wants people to know that. On Twitter she remarked, “There are quite a lot of events that the anime had to cut for time, so if you’re watching the Rose King anime, the manga is there for you as well… It has even more battles, sexy scenes, decapitations, and blood.”
She further explained that she brought this up because more things from her manga are not going to make it in the upcoming anime episodes. While many writers are disturbed to have their works changed, Kanno doesn’t seem at all bothered. In fact, she said she realizes there are time constraints with anime programming, and that she doesn’t have upset feelings about these changes.
Requiem of the Rose King is based loosely on Shakespeare’s Richard III, which in turn is based on the life of the real, historical Richard III. That said, neither version is totally accurate to history, and Kanno made some further changes with her story when she turned it into a gothic shojo manga. She began publishing the manga in 2013 in Monthly Princess magazine, and it finished earlier this year. Its anime adaptation began on January 9, 2022.
The original manga is being published in English by VIZ Media, and it gave this description of the first volume:
“Richard’s father, the patriarch of the House of York, is poised to become king of medieval England during the bloody Wars of the Roses. But just as success is imminent, he is abruptly cut down. Plunged into despair, Richard acts out in revenge and must face a powerful and beautiful new enemy.”
What do you think about the differences between the Requiem of the Rose King manga and anime?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.