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From Viz: All high school freshman Airi Hoshina ever wanted was to someday live in a cozy home with a loving husband, and find joy in the little things in life. As a result, she makes it her daily mission to get to school on time because school legend has it that the longer one's non-tardy streak is, the better boyfriend one will find. But just when her daily routine is working like clockwork, an occurrence of fairytale proportions threatens to disrupt her grand plan.
Сказочный принц めるぷり メルヘン☆プリンス めるぷり (メルヘン・プリンス) เจ้าชายน้อยต่างภพ 魔法王子 Hoàng Tử Ếch Hoàng Tử Phép Thuật Marchen Prince Meru Puri Meru Puri - The Marchen Prince Meruhen Prince Merupuri – Der Märchenprinz MeruPuri: Märchen Prince
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Satisfying, but nothing spectacular
This series had a cute premise, and the ending was an adorable one. But, it was fairly typical, and the art was the only thing that appealed to me. Even then, many of the characters looked the same.
I just wish that the cute phase where the boy was slowly falling in love would be a little longer. Oh well.
... Last updated on June 23rd, 2014, 1:58pm
One of my all time favorites
I bought this series quite a while ago and I love it. My sister and I can read it over and over without getting bored (We can't do that with any other manga). The art is beautiful (we can expect that from Hino) and the story is fanciful yet not too over the top. There is comedy throughout the book which makes it extremely enjoyable.
It never grows old
I read this manga for the first time when I was in high school; about 7 years ago. It was before I had learnt about Vampire Knight and all of that and I loved it. I have since reread it several times over the years and it never loses its charm.
It is the type of fairy tale that you need to take at face value to enjoy but the exciting parts still make me squeal and the sad parts always break my heart. The art is well done and there are certain character's lines that I will always hold close to my heart. If there was ever a sequel I would go out and read it right away.
This is such a great manga! It's cute and it's innocent (not perverted or sexual like so many mangas now). It's got a nice mixture of magic, mystery, and romance. I think everyone should read it! It's nice and short too, so it's a good read that doesn't take weeks to finish!!
The story is just so cute. The art is nice and the costume look gorgeous! This definitely is one of the best mangas. Totally luv it~~~~~~~ @ Konstantine2010: Maybe you are misunderstanding. Have you read the end yet? When Aram turns 17, Airi is 20. And the royal family members have long life, including Airi. So the age is not a problem at all
... Last updated on June 8th, 2012, 6:24am
Cute but...kind of disturbing?
If you don't read into it AT ALL this is a pretty cute series, and I wont lie, I did enjoyed it. However, the age gap is slightly disturbing to me. She's 15 and he's 7. Even if his body does transform into that of a 17 year old in the dark...he's still 7. I mean I get how she's lonely and likes having him around and I could even see a companionship kind of love that gets confused when his body looks older, but it still seems wrong if you think about it at all. I don't know how you fall in love with someone who is mentally 7 when you're 15. I mean, it wouldn't matter as much at the end when he's 17 and she's 24, but 7/15 is a bit much. So yeah, I guess it just surprises me that no one else seems to be upset by this? Wouldn't something like this count as shoutacon?
That aside, it is really cute. The feelings don't really seem forced, and I liked all the characters. The plot was fairly original. Nothing too deep, but a cute shoujo series. The ending/last volume felt a bit all over the place though. So I guess if the age thing wont bother you, I'd suggest it.
Good shojo, nothing more...
This is a good shojo, with a funny plot and nice characters. It's not so original nor profound, but it's still good for those who want to enjoy a shojo with love stories and typical shoujo clichés. The strong point is the art: the drawings are amazing, really. Incredibly good for a shojo :3
... Last updated on March 24th, 2014, 9:28am
Will stay forever in my heart
I read this series a long long time ago, much before Vampire Knight. The story develops very well, even with just 4 volumes. The art is clean and gorgeous. In fact, Matsuri Hino is very talented as a mangaka; the plot, the dialogue, the artwork, everything fits perfectly. So the reason I give it 10 is not because I'm a Vampire Knight fan. Matsuri Hino-sensei had specified that she wanted to write more about a twist about Nakaoji, but no space was left. **what a sad thing
If you're like me who likes cute/sweet/romantic comedy manga (especially cute, sweet, fantasy, and romantic), then you'll really like it. But if you're not into this type, then you wouldn't even care to read it. This story is very different from Vampire Knight. Anyway, just because you don't like vampire story or 'Twilight', it doesn't mean should go against Hino Matsuri's manga or Vampire Knight. All her works are great.
By the way, in the story where the age difference between Airi and Aram is specified: Aram became 17. Airi said: "I'm 20 *cough* years old, is that all right?" REASONING: it's not because she's 20! She is 20*cough* --> the "cough" has omitted the last number --> age: 20 something --> age: 2x So, the age difference is not 3.
... Last updated on March 21st, 2011, 7:59am
Best out of her works.
One of the few series that an older girl gets together with a younger guy. I'm a fan of those because for some reason, they are always better written than the younger girl/older guy series. Maybe I haven't come across a bad one yet?
Hino's art is beautiful as always. Out of all her series so far, this is the best one.
Overall I thought this was one of those unfound gems. The plot line seems original to me, as it's still in the 21st century, yet has twists of old prophecies and grudges. It's not a huge series, but it's one that's worth reading again and again. No, I'm not a Vampire Knight fan. One part of this just really made me start crying. The art isn't heavily influenced by gothic style like Vampire Knight, but still has Matsuri's signature everywhere. Depth lacked at some parts, and sometimes the eyes get too huge for my taste, especially on the covers. It's definitely cute.
The plot line starts out somewhat confused, due to the main character's "culture shock," you can call it. It soon developed to it's full context further on.
The characters are simple to understand... but I find that if they had changed too much, as you'd want one too in a normal novel, the way the story would have meant to someone would have changed. You wouldn't have been able to really feel the story.
I would recommend this to someone in search of a fantasy hopeless romantic. I cried, and it wasn't even the end, so I'd expect someone else is probably as pathetic as me? Or at least I hope so!