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Hikari no Pansy  
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Description
From Ivyscan:

Pansy is a little girl who was raised by the chimpanzees. She was found in Africa by Mark who always try to reveal Pansy's origin. Pansy's wild behaviour was suddenly changed when she heard Traumerei sing. She cried sadly...

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Related Series
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Associated Names
光のパンジー
Hikari no Panji
Light of Pansy
Pansy

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Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.1-5 [end] by Ivyscan (3832d ago)
v.10 c.5 by Ivyscan (3839d ago)
v.10 c.4 by Ivyscan (3846d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (80 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.68 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 9th 2017, 6:16pm PST


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Year
1988

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Serialized In (magazine)
Ciao (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #636 increased(+330)
Monthly Pos #1651 increased(+538)
3 Month Pos #3639 increased(+393)
6 Month Pos #4047 increased(+1324)

List Stats
On 69 reading lists
On 145 wish lists
On 275 completed lists
On 14 unfinished lists
On 118 custom lists

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So bad it's good, kinda   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by ohkimch
September 9th, 2017, 6:53pm
I read at least part of this series a long, long, long time ago, so this is a review of a re-read. I was feeling nostalgic and in the mood for some classic shoujo, a la Glass Mask and Candy Candy. Dug this out of my memories and....just, wow. It's ridiculous to the point of hilarity.

Like, the words "men's work" appear unironically in this. As in, 'this is men's work', right before he questions what the women should be doing and she admits she should be looking after this recently kidnapped, less than a wk old baby. By the way, she's 10. This is a shoujo meant for kids.

Oh, and the main character was supposedly raised by chimps, but all psychological/physical developmental impairments/advantages are nonexistent or disappear in one chapter. There's a pet chimp that they sneak into the palace dressed as a little girl. Plot convenient amnesia is a thing.

But actually, one of the best ex I can think of is this:
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the main male lead is a prince who masquerades as a pseudo-Robin Hood. He gets non-fatally shot, falls into a river, gets saved by a magic dolphin, doesn't drown as his dolphin swims underwater with him on its back, has a dream of a heavenly being denying him death, and is found on the same island the FMC was exiled to. But get this, the people who find him are an island man named Adonis and the FMC herself, who were sent there by the male leads amnesiac father (also on the island), who woke from an extended coma bc he was sent a message from heaven to check the Dolphin Rock. The island man is astonished there's actually a rock shaped like a dolphin where they find the male lead, and the rock disappears soon after. Like. Bruh.


On top of that, there are so many singular coincidences that follow one after the other that you can't help but notice them as more than just a footnote. Like how Pansy is always found by well-meaning people, or at least those connected to those who care for her. Or even things like Tina's ribbon being stolen by the bird, dropped in the city, and found by Marin. Just?? Maybe if there was like one or two weird coincidences a chapter it'd be passable, but the entire plot line is made up of incredibly incongruous events lining up unironically. If they were set up like a comedy, it'd just be funny, but since it's set up like a drama....it's still funny, but also ridiculous.

I might've enjoyed this as crack fiction, but. The sexism. The eurocentrism. The over-the-top dramatics, secret identities, and hidden bloodlines. The miraculous death-defying recoveries. The naivete. Goodness. How does someone overhear an assassination plot, remain oblivious to what they heard, relay what they heard to someone else much later on when urged to remember, stand there as the listeners connect the dots, and still have no idea how significant what they heard is, much less what it means. To the pt they skip off to play with the animals as their love interest and his mother agonize over the assassination scheme. Smh. Child, you-...wait. I forgot that our FMC is literally a child. Okay then, another con: the pedophilia.

Yeah. I wanna give this manga a truly terrible rating but at some pt it got so bad it was good in a horrible, this-in-my-junk-reading-okay-don't-judge kind of way. As long as you ignore the truly questionable pts that are tbh a norm in older shoujos (the huge age gap/pedophilia, the sexism/gender roles, the soap opera-esque drama).
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Not very interesting   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by TheIro
November 23rd, 2016, 12:14am
This manga was too blasé for my taste. Too much european aristocracy and too much annoying tripe about noble this or noble that. The dialogue was abrupt and the artwork really sucked as well.
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lol wat she's 10?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by fictionalscience
May 12th, 2012, 9:50pm
The first time I read this was in grade school, and I got so absorbed in the story. Now I'm in college and decided to read it again. Can't help but laugh about the romance between a 10-year old and a teenage boy (will you think about the kids reading this?! lol). The fact that everyone is practically falling in love with Pansy is just too scandalous (^^; ) But aside from all the unrealistic, omg-she's-Cinderella stuff, I totally see why this is a classic manga. Such an interesting plot and enough comedy to keep you reading the whole 11 volumes straight through. I'm glad this was my childhood X)

... Last updated on May 12th, 2012, 10:51pm
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A real gem!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Hanjae
November 19th, 2011, 12:52am
Pansy is proof that a series might age and the art or storytelling style go out of fashion, but it never loses its charm. It's a sweet, touching fairytale of a story that will bring a smile to your face.

This is a coming-of-age story that follows the growth of Pansy from the very beginning when she was "adopted" by Mark when he found her running wild in Africa amongst chimpanzees, to her first meeting with Prince Edo and the numerous adventures she goes through while gradually discovering her true origins to find her happy ending. To a modern audience, some of the plot points would probably be considered cliche, but it's actually handled astoundingly well despite this. Nothing ever dragged - every time a particularly problematic obstacle was introduced, my dread was instantly alleviated by the quick pacing and the smooth, straightforward way in which the characters handled everything. It was a real joy to read something where the characters take action rather than wallow in misunderstandings and angst.

Pansy is a wonderful character; irrepressible, kind and forever cheerful. I know it sounds overused and cheesy, but when she was described by African tribe members as a "child of light," it sounded quite appropriate. I don't usually enjoy manga where the main character starts off so young, but watching her grow and face opposition bravely turned out to be heartwarming and inspiring. As for the art, it is dated (of course) but undeniably lovely. The detail on some of the dresses that Pansy wears, particularly towards the end of the manga, is spectacular.

This is highly recommended, and don't let the "classic" style put you off. I wasn't a fan either, but this totally converted me. Also, the awful scanlations (not the editing or cleaning, but terrible proofreading) referred to by the previous reviewer is true for the first volume (or two?), but I'm happy to say that it's definitely fine from about the third volume onwards. It'd be a waste of this wonderful series if you let a minor detail like that stop you from reading it!
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Pansy   
Rating: N/A
by akari_mizunashi
November 1st, 2009, 5:05pm
Pansy is a real classic in children's manga. It's completely sweet and wholesome, and exciting enough for anyone to enjoy. Its charm has been proven throughout the decades - Pansy has been translated into many languages and there are hundreds of thousands that remember it fondly.

My complaints are about the scanlation. The only one currently available online, released by Ivyscan, was apparently translated from the Indonesian book release and has the worst flow and grammar of any scanlation I've ever read. You'd be better off learning one of the languages Pansy has been licensed in and reading that - it would be easier to understand than this mess.
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review   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aymie
April 25th, 2007, 9:28pm
Pansy is currently my favorite manga.

She's sweet, comedic, unpredictable, wild and most importantly lovable. In fact, she is, or at least, the inner child in most of us. And through her adventures, her trials of endurance, watching her grow from the first day/volume to the last day/volume, we can see that she is one of a kind.

I recommend this manga to who ever likes adventure, comedy, romance, drama and especially, classic mangas. <3 [Love the artwork]

... Last updated on April 25th, 2007, 9:33pm
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