Many people took their turns adapting some of the well known characters from fairytales, folklore and classic literature. Seven Seas Entertainment brought over artist Arata Hachoujou’s unique take in the two-volume series “Red Riding Hood and the Big Sad Wolf.”

Wolf had a peaceful life until the impulsive Red Riding Hood disrupted it, starting with destroying his home. Somehow the sorrowful look of Wolf caught the girl’s eye and made her sadistic heart swell. If having to living in a tent and Red tormenting him for her pleasure was terrible enough, other sick-minded members of the woods want to stir up their own trouble.

It seems that Hachoujou’s flip on “Red Riding Hood” is a downward spiral of misery for the wolf. Though there is a swap roles of the villain and the protagonist, Red’s aggressive nature would be closest to the wolf of “The Three Little Pigs” than from her original story. Sadly she’s not the only source of abuse for Wolf and the wanting for a happy ending for him grows strong as readers go through the series. The way small arcs of the manga are separated are a bit topsy-turvy but it matches the chaotic action within. While there are a lot of mini-episodes, a deeper narrative takes form and gradually reveals some of the main cast’s backgrounds.

Readers will have to wait for October to find out if Wolf finds some relief from all his unwanted suffering in the second and final volume of “Red Riding Hood and the Big Sad Wolf.” For more information, visit Seven Seas Entertainment’s page.

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