Released before Shadow Hearts, a manga sidestory, written and illustrated by Yuji Iwahara, was published in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Ace Next. Despite the story written as direct sequel to Koudelka game, none of the events that occur in the manga are canonical, having been invalidated by the Shadow Hearts game itself.
It does however, follow explore similar themes, and the Emigre Manuscript, and Roger Bacon both make appearances. Even Koudelka herself had reference some events in Koudelka game at climax, when she warns antagonists about incident that killed Patrick Heyworth due to playing with Emirge Manuscript as well.
It is set little after a year since the events of the game, and Koudelka Yasant, protagonist of the game has just escaped from being incarcerated in a lunatic asylum. Meanwhile, elsewhere, in the fog covered streets of London, a mysterious society has been kidnapping pregnant prostitutes for some insidious purpose...and it's up to Koudelka to find out why.
Part 1: "The Chase"Edit
The story begins with Koudelka Yasant, being chased by dogs who belong to the Newton Asylum. Following closely behind them is the head of the Asylum, Dr Hans, who is desperatly trying to recapture Koudelka.
Still being chased by the dogs, Koudelka manages to buy some time by hypnotizing them, before being forced to jump off a cliff.
Luckily for her, she lands into Joshua's cart which leaves her alive, but unconscious. Taking her back to his home, Joshua takes care of the still unconscious woman.
Dr Hans, still searching for her, reports to the Royal Medical Society, to tell of her escape. He is told to find her, and if she proves to difficult to capture, to kill her.
Awaking in a strange place, and without her clothes, Koudelka struggles to remember how so got to the place. Meeting Joshua, he brings her a change of clothes and asks why she jumped off the cliff. Koudelka realizes that she cannot recall even her name. The chapter ends with Dr Hans going to visit the house on the suspiscion that Koudelka is inside.
Part 2: "The Lost Memory"Edit
Part 3: "Mary, the Prostitute"Edit
Part 4: "Covent Garden's She-Devil"Edit
Part 5: "The Breath of the Spirits"Edit
Part 6: "Memory Recovered"Edit
Part 7: "Free Again"Edit
Part 8: "The Prostitute's Martyrdom"Edit
Part 9: "A Little Inattention"Edit
Part 10: "The Chains of Sacrifice"Edit
Part 11: "The Royal Medical Society"Edit
Part 12: "The Beginning...and the End"Edit
Part 13: "Life's Choices"Edit
Part 14: "Thus, the Weakness"Edit
Part 15: "The Wings of the Future"Edit
There are many notable differences between the between the game and the manga. In the first volume, Koudelka's hair was long, before it was cut by the Asian man, making it look short, as similar to the game. And at Joshua's homeland, it is said that Dr. Hans told that name Koudelka Yasant, which is different from Iasant, Koudelka's original surname. These difference are proved that manga itself is non-canon over the series.
The fifteen chapters were collected in three volumes:
- ISBN 978-4047133044 (Released on November 1999)
- ISBN 978-4047133389 (Released on May 2000)
- ISBN 978-4047133617 (Released on September 2000)
|Koudelka Iasant - Joshua Vermont - Mary Vermont - Dr Hans - Monsieur De Gaulle - Lord Leslie - The Asian Man|
|Pacey - Nene - Becky - Timmy - Mrs Rosanna - Kitty - Inspector Dickins - Dr Horn - Demon Sisters - Roger Bacon - The Author|
|Joshua's House - Newton Asylum - Club Mary - Covant Garden Graveyard - Koudelka's Soul - Secret Lab - Tower of London - Nemeton Monastery - Saudi Arabia|
|Manuscript of the Exiles - Black Fever - Royal Medical Society|