Cold Game
Alt name(s):
  • Called Game
  • Vivre ou mourir, ou aimer calmement
  • コールドゲーム
  • 7.81
  • 7.74
  • 57
Pub. status:
  • 44,465
  • 1,362
  • 7
Aruna is the princess of B Kingdom. One day, it is decided that she will marry the king of E Kingdom, a country known for its bloody conflicts. This is the tale of a girl who carries secrets and ambitions, and a game in which love, pride and life will be played.
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I happened to get this news when surfing on twitter.
It's a bit late, but I think the popularity gained in Japan is indeed feasible. And also if you visit on bookmeter (it's Japanese's Goodreads), the comments are average all good. Maybe this could be a reference for those of you who aren't interested in reading.

Based on tweets from @bestucomieditor, Cold Game ranks in Kono Manga ga Sugoi! magazine. Well, it's not as hard to get an award, but it shows the achievements.

I also thought at first that the manga was still opaque starting from the background and conflict, but it was increased in vol 2 to cover up the obscure parts, and leave behind many mysteries and tragedies that occurred. We know that :the power carried by each queen has been understood how much, and it is clear that the power of the king is weak, but who is moving the country now?

I bet on this manga that can improve over time. It's a shoujo, but isn't like most shoujo (in a good sense).
Hard criticism seems too excessive. It's still warming up and at least we don't see a weak princess blindly because of love. She will definitely come to fight.

Last edited 1 mo ago by goronyanpai.

I want to give my hypothesis :

Last edited 1 mo ago by goronyanpai.

I was about to read it but when the first chapter a male character which act high and mighty and seemingly dominating the female MC appears I just had a very very strong hunch that he's the true male character which will ends up with the MC and the fiancee is just a stalking horse meant to be a stepping stone to make the MC 'growing up from the past' and made the old fiancee looks pretty bad compared to the new shiny powerful true male lead. All those 'promises' will be broken to prove that the story is 'realistic', meant to be a melodramatic plot device prepared by the author to create a plot in which the MC wavering between her past and new life. It will be a "I'm sorry I just realised that I fall in love with him, he's the one who always there for me when I'm down. Please just forget our childish promise in the past." situation.

The author will be portraying the MC as strongwilled but whenever the seemingly high and mighty guy needs to shine she will be cowering in fear, being awed by his awesomeness. Which will slowly melt her original resolve to oblivion and finally dedicate her whole life for him. After a lot of melodramatic trials and tribulations the two leads lives happily ever after.

It's not that this kind of story is bad in itself, I've just seen too many of this type of story that made me feels repulsed just by the hints of it. The first time I read something like this it was novelty for me, but after a lot of story using that formula it becomes tiring. I hope my prediction is terribly wrong though, if there's other people already read this far ahead, please tell me wether it is correct or not in spoiler tag.

Last edited 5 mo ago by Kuraiaku.

Ooookay, this plot is Henry VIII's wives (give or take some name changes to avoid duplicates (c'mon Europe, THREE Catherines?)) x The Bachelor. Weird. I wonder how much the series is going to stick to that script?
I like the main female character. It did get pretty dark there. Intrested to see where this goes.
It's been far too long since I've read a manga featuring games of intrigue and politics among nobles as good as this one! Hope there's more chapters to come in the future!
How was it determined that this series is a tragedy? Because based on what the author did to Joou No Hana, if that tag is correct, I’m leaving this feels trip (that I did not sign up for lmao).

Edit: Bless, the tag has been removed. I can finally read this in peace-ish.

Last edited 5 mo ago by saenahonce.

Way to go, Sumire! I need more strong heroine like this.

Last edited 1 mo ago by goronyanpai.

Wow that blew my head off did not expect that from this manga.
I like it so far but it has been a bit too predictable in my eyes
This is giving me Lady Oscar vibes all over again. <3