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Crimsons - The Scarlet Navigators of the Ocean is a Hot-Blooded shounen adventure manga about fish by Kanno Takanori.
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Yes, fish. It's better than it sounds.

The protagonist is Shintarou, a feisty Sockeye Salmon whose school lives on the fringes of a freshwater lake. Life is tough in the shallows and food is scarce; the interior and its bounty are ruled by a tough and greedy gang of fish delinquents called "The Fearsome Fins". Remembering a rumour he heard when he was but a fry, Shintarou leads his school up-river to the ocean in search of a paradise to call their own. Shintarou grows into a brave and resourceful leader as he guides his school on their quest, fighting for survival against deadly predators such as sharks and whales. Along the way, they are studied by a marine biologist and his Canadian exchange student, Kris. She has a crush on her professor, who secretly reciprocates but must reject her advances to protect his career and reputation.

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Though the premise is unusual, it's surprisingly accessible and captivating, as the migratory life cycle of the Sockeye Salmon easily lends itself to such a narrative. Written under the editorial supervision of a professor of ichthyology at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, it contains a healthy dose of educational content about marine biology, though some artistic license is taken.

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