Name Crimson-Shell
Kanji クリムゾン・シェル
Professional Status
Affiliation GFantasy (Magazine)
Partner YenPress
Personal Status
Status Complete (1 Volume)
Alias 薔薇魔女
First Appearance
Manga Debut 2005 - ?

Crimson-Shell (クリムゾン·シェル - Kurimuzon-Sheru) is a one-shot manga created and illustrated by Jun Mochizuki. Crimson-Shell was published monthly in GFantasy by Square Enix in 2005. Being a one-shot it has only one volume that includes six chapters in total. Yen Press released the English language version of Crimson-Shell. There is no anime adaption or OVA and there doesn't seem that there will be one in the future.


Rescued from the darkness by Xeno, a mysterious swordsman, Claudia the Rose Witch is the foundation of the Crimson-Shell, a special division of the Red Rose - an organization aiming to capture the results of one mad scientist's experiments, the deadly Black Roses. But when Xeno's loyalties are called into question, will Claudia be strong enough to believe in her dearest friend? And what is the color of the rose blooming in Xeno's heart - a deep, passiont crimson . . . or a traitorous jet-black? (Back Cover)

Terminology Edit

Crimson-Shell (クリムゾン'·シェル - Kurimuzon·Sheru): A special division of the Red Rose Organization that aims to capture the Black Roses and protect the Crimson Rose, Claudia.

Black Roses (ブラックローズ - Burakkurōzu): Mutations, made by a mad scientist, who feed on humans to live and can infect them with poison which turns them into monsters commonly called "The Infected'.

Crimson Rose (クリムゾンローズ - Kurimuzonrōzu): The only mutation that is 'perfect'. The Crimson Rose does not need to feed on humans to survive and has eternal youth and immortality. Claudia is the only Red Rose in known existence.

The Infected (感染 - Kansen): Humans who are victims of the Black Rose's poison after having it injected into them. They turn into montrous, zombie-like creatures commonly seen with huge claws. The seem to have no sense of self and attack at random.

Jet Rose (ジェットローズ - Jettorōzu): The Leader of the Black Roses, their aim is to capture Claudia, the Crimson Rose's, Premier Seed.

Premier Seed (プレミアシード - Puremiashīdo): A seed that resides in all mutation of Roses, it can be considered their life-force and without the Rose will die. A Premier Seed can only be taken out with the Death Scythe.

Death Scythe (死鎌 - Shi kama): A gun that holds special bullets that can tame and immobilize a Rose's abilites. It's also been seen to injure the Rose as well.


Some of the characters in Crimson-Shell have been used in Pandora Hearts or have a similar resemblance physically or personality-wise, while a few also share similar situations.

  • Les = Echo (personality)
  • Claudia = Alice Baskerville (personality) & Lacie Baskerville (physically + situationally)
  • Ruskin = Uncle Oscar (physically + personality)
  • Shion = Oz, Jack & Xerxes (personality - physically)
  • Wilhelm = Vincent, Levi & Xerxes (physically - personality + situationally)
  • Baines = Liam (physically + personality)
  • Xeno = Gilbert (physically + personality)
  • Robin = Oz (personality)
  • Melissa = Ada, Sharon + Lottie (personality - physically)


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