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…
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.
Even amongst manga aficionados online there is incredulity that such a manga could be published:
“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…”
“Why do these fish have eyebrows?”
“I can imagine what is going to happen at the end.”
“I want to see some doujinshi of this.”
“This is a joke manga, right?”
“The universe sure is big…”