CRIMSONS: “Japan’s Most Messed Up Manga Ever!”

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Manga fans are now hailing “Crimsons,” a stirring shonen manga tale about the adventures of a young salmon, as possibly the most bizarre manga title ever to find itself published.

Naturally, there is a scene in which a female salmon is molested by a gang of shrimp…

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Crimsons: The Red Navigators, by Takanori Kanno and serialised in Shonen Sunday Super, is described as a “hot-blooded ocean drama centred on the journeys of young Shintaro (salmon sp.) as he voyages out in the unknown with his comrades.”

The manga is also written under the editorial supervision of a professor of ichthyology at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, and so is supposed to be particularly accurate.

Japanese speakers can read it on Shogakukan’s official site; tragically there is as yet no official English language release.

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Even amongst manga aficionados online there is incredulity that such a manga could be published:

“What the…”

“A salmon manga, this is messed up!”

“The contents are worse than I could possibly have imagined.”

“It will get an anime for sure!”

“It even has service scenes…”

“And boobs!”

“Why do these fish have eyebrows?”

“I can imagine what is going to happen at the end.”

“Spawning time?”

“I want to see some doujinshi of this.”

“This is a joke manga, right?”

“The universe sure is big…”

Service omake:

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    Avatar of fujiiro
    Comment by fujiiro
    23:50 21/02/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    So this is what happens when you run out of ideas...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:07 22/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Impossible, all you need to do is watch some of the current season's harem anime, copy and paste the girls (but don't forget to change the hair and names), and you got a huge hit on your hands!

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    Comment by fujiiro
    04:38 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's another thing you could do when you run out of ideas (and if you want to create a hit), I suppose. ^^; I wonder if people will ever get tired of this.

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    Comment by ArrowInTheKnee
    19:48 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shintaro getting hug by big breast girl?? This must be bad influences on youth

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay so we need a girl with long hair and big tits, long hair and small tits, short hair and big tits, short hair and small tits, and another one with long hair and REALLY big tits. Let's make at least two of them tsundere for the main male character and the others can either be indifferent or just want his dick for no apparent reason. At least one of the girls must have attended the Akane Tendou school of cooking.

    Speaking of the male lead, we'll flip a coin to decide whether he's Captain Awesome-sauce or a complete loser who would never get any girls in real life. We should probably have the beach or hot springs trip with the usual jokes around episode 4 or 5. One of the girls can find the main male's porn stash around ep 6 or so when we're out of ideas and jokes and have resorted to hucking darts at pictures on the wall of our cubicles to decide which girl he ends up with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:42 22/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    SALMON SLAPPU!

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    Comment by Makasu
    18:20 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You sir made me lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, I'm quite surprised by these ideas.

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    Comment by fujiiro
    02:51 28/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me, too.
    In a negative way.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:07 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be fair, anime always used to have animal-centric series before. Though I suppose it's become so rare nowadays, that people actually are surprised when they come int prominence. Though I guess a fish story is definitely more strange than a tale about dogs and cats or other pedaled animals.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    a woman needs a manga like that fish needs a bicycle to get back to the river.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It even has service scenes
    And Lol for good ideas got to start with these things first XD
    Japan Salmon you made my day
    If you ever want to end the manga make it lunch :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    How long till the salmon can bankai

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its what happens if you steal ideas. Its the freakin otter manga thing from Bakuman !

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    Comment by fujiiro
    04:36 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't equipping animals with human features the only aspect these two manga share? Regarding the plot, that is.
    Moreover, I'm pretty sure Otter 11 was not the first manga using this idea.

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    Comment by Octopi
    00:14 22/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    i bet this manga will take the place of the soon ending Bleach as one of the 3 pilars of the Japanese manga industry.

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    Comment by Kyubey
    02:03 22/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wasn't aware that 10 years was considered soon...

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    Comment by Octopi
    21:19 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i meant soon as it was announced it would be ending in the near future. i didn't even know how long it has lasted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    'Sup with people who think Bleach's "last arc" means "soon"?

    10 years is not soon.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    03:49 22/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    So? Its manga. You're suppose to create weird things like these that otherwise could never occur in reality. Isn't that why we read'em for?

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    Comment by yaku
    10:15 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^This

    I should know this especially after reading so much fucked up hentai manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 21/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    What's so strange about this?
    Did you also fuss around when Nemo was in the cinemas?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    No molestation from shrimp in Nemo though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    now THAT would make it worth buying Finding Nemo on BluRay!
    "Unrated uncensored" deluxe version with deleted scenes, available now!

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    Comment by Chemin
    01:17 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly.

    Fables are nothing new, you know.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...is what I thought at first too, lol.

    Better to leave these kind of "children friendly" settings to Disney. The rest of us graduated from that kind of shit ages ago.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    02:35 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you want to call it shit go ahead you probably think Naruto and Bleach are great literature, along with Harry Potter.

    Also, just because the fish are talking doesn't mean this is a fable. Thats just one of several things that could make it a fable, if it was, you know, short. Since this is being serialized...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:07 22/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Twilight is not literature.
    Its mistake of century.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    06:44 22/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I didn't include twilight because I don't even like thinking that it exists let alone its a popular series, and popular movies. Christ that hurts my soul.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:45 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Your opinion is not relevant when your examples on what constitute "bad literature" does not include Twilight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i don't see whats so wrong about not explaining everything in a scientific way, i mean its fucking boring math problem in which you can predict everything. fuck science, magic is so much more fun

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know Lonesnipa, I should have clarified "that kind of shit" as in all 2D animation from Disney.

    Disney endorsed cartoons represents creative censorship, i.e. support the only for children idea. NOT Pixar. Pixar very obviously rock because they at least leave in some humour for adults, and don't default to U certification.

    P.S. To correct your prejudgement; I will never ever watch Naruto or Bleach, I also condemn Harry Potter to the pit of childish fantasy based on no scientific grounds with simple "replace gun with wand" mechanic.

    Why can't those kids fantasize about space travel instead?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Arse gravy of the very worst kind"

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    Comment by WEL
    00:34 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    when you put it like that it doesn't sound so bad but the problem is with the art-style and content. I mean, just look at that stuff!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:00 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    NEMO = No fan service. Mostly fish, fish, fish, drama, fish, kids only.
    CRIMSONS = A salmon that just about to cum because some Shrimp play with her in the "you know what I mean", fan service, boobs.

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    Comment by 21149315
    08:47 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Comment by Anonymous 04:00 22/02/2012

    Someone illustrating the mating habits of Salmon isn't strange or 'messed up'. Even if you exaggerate the process, it's pretty much "Eh".

    It is not like it's the first manga or comic book about the life of anthro fish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But real-life salmon don't have emotions in the human sense. These salmon are depicted with human emotions, associated with mating and human-style orgasms.

    I doubt that salmon have any sophisticated neural response when they mate/fertilize/etc. I strongly doubt that salmon experience anything that could be compared to a human orgasm.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you're saying ALL ANIMES are for adults then?
    Since (slmost) ANY anime has fanservice...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:03 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Her "you know what" ?

    Are you 8?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 22/02/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Becausw you guys are americans.. Stuff like this sells well for dumb people.

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    Comment by Slush
    03:24 22/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "Becausw"...

    Who are the dumb people again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If you can't proofread those two sentences, you're either dumb or a lazy asshole even worse than dumb.

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    Comment by yaku
    10:13 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @08:07

    Nope, it's stupid because there's something called "backspace" key and also SanCom lets you edit your comments a few minutes after you hit the button, also something called eyes that lets you know if what you're writing makes sense or has typos.

    No excuse to not proofread.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    06:45 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not to mention the incorrect use of the period and or ellipses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Judging from close proximity of E to W, that was probably a typing error.

    Not enough evidence to say someone is dumb just because of this.

    Comment by Anonymous

    In case you haven't noticed, the 'w' is right beside 'e'. Calling people stupid because of a typo is immature.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 22/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Blah blah blah...insult Americans...blah blah blah...

    I know it is popular to bash the USA. I'm getting so tired of it. Grow up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 22/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Which makes sense, because the manga is being published in Japan and is only in the Japanese language which obviously aims at an American audience being that so many people in the United States speak Japanese so fluently. *facepalm*

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:22 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm not American, which makes your statement simply false.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 22/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ltr?
    "If you want to call it shit go ahead you probably think Naruto and Bleach are great literature, along with Harry Potter."

    "I didn't include twilight because I don't even like thinking that it exists let alone its a popular series, and popular movies. Christ that hurts my soul."

    Nowhere in these statements do they note Twilight as "good or even great lterature" They were giving examples of what they see as good literature, Bleach, Naruto and Harry Potter so I have no idea why you are bringing up Twilight to begin with.






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