ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘Snow White with the Red Hair’ Volume 11

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Snow White With the Red Hair Volume 11

A lot happens in Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 11 even if the characters never leave the palace. Sorata Akiduki’s fantasy shojo is published in English by VIZ Media under their Shojo Beat imprint. Translated into by Caleb Cook and edited by Karla Clark, the volume features touch-up art and lettering from Brandon Bovia. The series follows court herbalist, Shirayuki, and her budding relationship with Prince Zen. The two are encouraged by friends and aides: Kiki, Mitsuhide, and Obi.

A lot of Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 11 focuses on inter-court relationships and appearances. While Zen and Shirayuki are supportive and comfortable with each other, there is the unfortunate fact that at some point they will have to face the scrutiny of others. Akiduki presents this well. It is less than Zen has to protect Shirayuki, or that Shirayuki has to change for Zen: it is a legitimate compromise. The two have discussed wanting to be together, therefore they both are working together to make that happen. It is very healthy, even when others try to hurt it. The biggest development comes from Zen petitioning Izana to let Shirayuki live in The Royal Quarters, thereby making clear to everyone that she is an important person in his life, alongside Kiki, Mitsuhide, and Obi. The “found family” joys are amplified, as the antics and awkward moments of the four living together, with Zen frequently popping in, ensue.

Zen’s relationships with the people around him are further delved into in Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 11. Most notably is his relationship with his older brother. Izana has always been an intriguing character to crack. When he was initially introduced, he gave of the impression of being a possible antagonist. That is no longer the case. Izana clearly cares for Zen, just not always in the way Zen would like. Izana refuses to give Zen and Shirayuki anything, requiring them to work for it and better themselves. He provides clever outs for his younger brother when Zen is backed into a corner, but only if Zen is clever enough to see through them. This is significant this volume when Zen is forced to entertain at least one marriage candidate.

Akiduki’s art emphasizes the more tense moments in this volume. Eyes are a prominent focal point, which makes sense since a lot of eyes are on what Shirayuki does. Specifically, when Kiki or Obi becomes less than carefree in this volume, panels focus on their eyes. The stillness lets the readers sit with these characters and the information conveyed in their glances says more than any dialogue could.

Overall, this another standout installment can be found in Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 11. A lot of different sub-stories are building up to big developments in the palace. The found family is on full display as some pretty big life changes occur for Shirayuki, bringing her closer than ever to her friends.

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 11 is available January 5th, 2021 wherever books are sold.


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TL;DR

Overall, this another standout installment can be found in Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 11. A lot of different sub-stories are building up to big developments in the palace. The found family is on full display as some pretty big life changes occur for Shirayuki, bringing her closer than ever to her friends.