License request day: Cesare

Since we’re sort of on the subject of women who make comics for seinen magazines, it seems like a good (if belated) time to bring up Fuyumi Soryo. Actually, it’s never a bad time to bring up Soryo, given the fact that she has excellent work available in English. There’s Mars, a shôjo title published by Tokyopop that originally ran in Kodansha’s Betsufure, and ES: Eternal Sabbath, a seinen series published by Del Rey that originally ran in Kodansha’s Weekly Morning.

Waiting in the wings, and still running in Kodansha’s Weekly Morning, is Cesare, which looks into that most fascinating family of Renaissance schemers, the Borgias. You may already be familiar with another manga rendering of this clan in the form of You Higuri’s Cantarella (Go! Comi). That’s sort of a sparkly, bishie-quasi-vampire-angel take on the family, full of sold souls and unsettling bisexual longings, and it’s awesome, but the Borgias are weird enough to invite multiple interpretations.

People who have read Cesare compare it favorably to Vinland Saga and Historie, which is high praise indeed, since both of those series are supposed to be incredible. I’ve also seen praise for the depth of historical research Soryo has undertaken in creating the series, and it’s a fascinating period, so it will probably reward readers in that regard. Here’s the link to Kodansha’s page on Cesare.

5 Responses to License request day: Cesare

  1. Kris says:

    A good historical manga about the Borgias? Count me in. I’d be all over this.

  2. Cesare! I love that manga so much. I know historical manga doesn’t do THAT well over here…

    Well, maybe Otoyomegatari will change that and we can convince Yen Press to pick up Cesare!

  3. Jenna says:

    Yes! I have a few copies of this and I thought it was really great, really beautiful! You really can see the amount of effort she put into historical research. It’s incredible.

  4. Kage says:

    Hear, hear!

    Awesome things should be shared, and something as excellently done and well-researched as Cesare NEEDS to reach the english-reading world. For Fuyumi Soryo fans, its a bit of a jump from her usual fare, but rest assured it is handled with her usual finesse.

  5. [...] which currently runs in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen magazine, and David Welsh casts his vote for Cesare, by ES: Eternal Sabbath creator Fumi [...]

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