Recently I’ve been in a slum with manga because I’ve been picking up a lot of ones that leave me feeling disappointed and frustrated to the point where I can’t even write a review for them. So when I picked up this manga, I was worried it would turn out like all the others, even though it’s right up my alley of being both historical and psychological. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d end up hating it. I was worried it would turn course and become a boring detective type of story, but thankfully From the Red Fog stayed true to its roots and delivered a thrilling story.
The story follows a young boy named Ruwanda in 19th century England who was trapped in a cellar by his mother. Having to do the repulsive job of cleaning up after his mother’s hobby and being isolated without knowing what “love” is, Ruwanda no longer felt emotions and was forever lost into the darkness. Even after escaping onto the streets, nothing had changed. The only way he knew how to survive was to hunt those who see him as prey; but the blood lust doesn’t stop there… nobody is safe from his vile ways.
What really drew me in was the main character, Ruwanda, because he plays the role of the villain in his own story. Anti-hero main characters aren’t common because it poses a lot of challenges for authors, but Mosae Nohara, the author of From the Red Fog, didn’t hold back at all from creating an intriguing monster. With that, even though Ruwanda is a psychopath, you still do feel for him and there are moments where he seems a little more “human” which makes him even more of a captivating character.
19th Century England is one of my favorite settings. I just love the clothing from that time, the architecture, the royalty concept, and the overall gothic and darker scenery. If this took place in modern-day I don’t think I would be as infatuated with it. Also, it's more believable with how easy the main character and other characters get away with crimes versus if this was modern-day.
The art style is thoroughly enjoyable. The author does an excellent job with drawing more gruesome scenes and giving them a more haunted sinister feel to them, especially with the way the expressions of the characters were drawn. The character designs aren’t over the top but they’re perfect just the way they are. Each of the characters are distinguishable and unique but have a more realistic appearance versus your typical flashy anime character.
If you enjoy series like 91 Days, Black Butler, and Moriarty the Patriot, you’ll for sure love this one. But if you’re expecting more of a mystery, you’ll be disappointed since there’s not even a teaspoon of that. It’s more of a horror, gory, and psychological Jack-the-Ripper type of story.
My only big complaint I have with From the Red Fog is that it doesn’t like to wait around; it'll just go from one setting to the next, from one scene to the other. If the story had more patience and showed more of what the heck’s going on, I’d give it the 10/10 seal of approval. Overall I really did enjoy this one and I can’t wait to read the continuing volumes!
From the Red Fog Manga Volume 1 features story and art by Mosae Nohara.
England at the end of the 19th century. A string of gruesome incidents all lead back to a single boy who was born into a world where chaos and order, and wealth and poverty are deeply intertwined. Guided by a deep solitude, what fate awaits him in the end?Add to CartLearn More