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There was once a hero who vanquished the darkness of the land and liberated the people. He then built a kingdom, and had his descendants rule as kings. Although they had ruled the land for so many years, in reality, political power was being wielded solely by the aristocrats of each region.
One day, this seemingly peaceful kingdom was disturbed by the mysterious death of the principal heir to the throne. The sequence of events that this assassination set into motion, would soon come to involve all of those with the right to become the next king...
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This manga was so gripping at the beginning. Each character's story was interesting and I was really routing for the main character, the third prince, whose claim to the throne is not as pure as his other brothers'. The MC got stronger and more dependable as the story went along - gathering allies and dealing with the plague - and I got the sense that everything was all leading up to a particular conclusion. But then, after a whole lot of confusing stuff started happening, the conclusion came and I have no idea what it was. All I know is it wasn't what I expected and left me feeling very disappointed. As with a lot of great manga, this one was let down by its insufficient, rushed ending that left me with more questions than answers.
Light read and then...confusing
It was mentioned before, and I agree, the characters feel like props, not real. During the first few chapters, it's a light read. After that, it gets better (plot-wise), but after chapter 30, things just got confusing. I don't know if it's bad translation (I only read the scanlations) or if it was around that time that the mangaka knew the series was canceled and tried to rush the story. So it feels very jumpy and gives you the feeling of 'was this mentioned before?' 'where is this coming from?' 'UH?' Conclusion, only read this if you're not very picky and like cute characters.
This is not the best action fantasy manga here, but I think it's underrated compare to some others popular manga. Some characters are really unique and the art has improved a lot, the story is interesting too... And I've not tired of the cross-dressing gag yet. It's my fav gag
"Maribelle is as cute and sweet as honey"~ <3
... Last updated on April 20th, 2013, 6:56pm
It is not the perfect manga, I'll give you that.
Pros: -Most of the time the art is charming and well done. -There are some really unique personalities, and some really unique funny/cute moments and scenes. -The plot sounds typical, but it eventually grows. There is a bit more fluidity in how conflicts are handled between specific individuals, and the concept of the 'grey' character. There are more realisic attributes in how court drama, sacrifices nobles are required to make, ruling a country, handling civilians etc and beyond is handled, which is refreshing.
Cons: -Sometimes the scene transitions aren't as smooth and clear. There can be some chocky bits. -Lot's of scenes of guys wearing dresses for disguise purposes. It's cute the first time, but now it is getting to be a recurring gag that is feels a bit old. - Everything still feels a bit basic, nothing is *completely* deep or intense yet, even if the plot is growing. There is this supposed great historical twist, but the twist felt underwhelming. And sadly, can be seen as a bit predictable. - One exampled aspect still feels a bit cliched. The great prejudice of one culture over another culture..where the "inferior" culture are widely treated poorly and called monsters. But 'Lo and behold, one of the main hero protaganists (He himself the royal outsider bastard at that) learns more about them and discovers that they are not what they seemed - they are instead a great, friendly, amazingly advanced and talented people, and he fights on their behalf. -There is still some unanswered questions, questions that were asked but seemed to have been forgotten. This of course can easily be forgiven, since the series is still technically newish and not completed yet.
Overall, at the moment it really does feel like a lighter fantasy read, but there is something to offer. I wish the best for it, and hope that it will expand further since I do feel it deserves to.
... Last updated on April 29th, 2012, 4:41pm
Gets better, hopefully. EDIT --> It got better.
I agree with liquidsin's comment. The beginning WAS iffy. I had a hard time getting through it because the main characters have absolutely no common sense. Maybe the supreme naivete (and stupidity) is due to them being spoiled and confined in the castle all their lives, but that doesn't justify the repetitive ignorant actions. I have no idea how they will evolve into characters that I will respect and relate. It's not all bad, but the bad is glaringly obvious to me personally. The politics in the plot is cool and elaborate, however. The bigger picture of the conflict seems interesting. The romance? Not that I can see. ...Actually... It may be a shounen-ai. The crossdressing is funny. I love the art, however. So well done. Clean, elegant, and cute.
EDIT: I'm on chapter 31 fight now. Sudden flashforward was confusing. But it got better. I'm reassured.
... Last updated on April 18th, 2012, 6:36pm
The plot is amazing- it's political without making the dense readers like me feel stupid and has enough twists to make you feel that the answer is just around the corner. The characters are intriguing and unique, enough to make you emphasise and share their emotions. It's not your simple "good and evil" or "black and white" manga- there are many shades of grey and it's difficult to tell which characters are which shade. I personally love the art style- simple yet captivating in a beautiful way. I really look forward to future chapters
This manga is actually pretty promising. the characters seem to develop as the plot gets deeper. it's also not as cliched as i first thought. the art is quite good and the characters get better after the first couple of chapters. also, the fact that some characters that i thought had a big part in the plot were killed, which is really good for this kind of plot. someone already said this. another person also said that there are too much 'childish reasoning' in this manga. maybe true but it's reality- this is what makes the manga even better. many people change what they believe in because of the person they like, whether it's a stupid thing to do or not. and people still believe in things just because their ancestors believed it and many people still can't accept the fact that others may be right (so they kill them instead etc...). The fact that the manga managed to portray all these things really well is amazing- i think it's supposed to make us see how stupid people can be sometimes and even when they think they're right, they're actually wrong. I think this manga is worth reading. it has a weird beginning but seriously gets better.
I'll be revisiting this series later on since I believe there's a reason for its popularity. The current problem I'm having with it, though, is that all of the characters are dumber than a sack of $#@!. There might be two, possibly even three, characters that reach middle-school level reasoning while the others scrape very near the surface of mental retardation.
Childish Reasoning Examples
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• I changed everything I believed in because of a girl I like... • My dad's dad said this was true so it must be true, and I'll just kill anyone who says otherwise... even if what they say makes perfect sense.... • I can't die because I need to save other people so I'll just die... • I told everyone what to do afterwards and that saved them from what just happened.
- - - - - - Edit - I'd rather not bicker with the response above, but I will say I've already given this series up. I tried reading it once again now that more chapters have been released, and yet my thoughts remained the same (if not worse). Test this out if you want though it isn't something I'd ever recommend to a friend.
... Last updated on April 24th, 2015, 5:40am
More interesting than it looks
The description makes it sound pretty cliched, and I started reading very reluctantly; but after the first few chapters, the story started to become quite mysterious and intriguing.
The characters give the first impression of being rather stereotypical. There's the wonderful and responsible older brother (and crown prince), the polite and mellow but rather mediocre second brother, the fiery and rebellious (albeit good-natured) third brother (who also happens to be treated with contempt because he is the king's illegitimate child), the haughty and high-minded youngest sister, the scheming and unfaithful military and political advisors, the mysterious rescuer who arrives like a bolt from the blue to try and save the kingdom for no reason in particular...you get the idea. However, you would be foolish to give up on +C: Sword and Cornett because of these initial appearances. Very soon, most of the characters change for the better and become very interesting; their actions in later chapters are not in the least cliche. So long as you have patience, you will soon find yourself being drawn in to this manga.
The art isn't very good; it's rather commonplace and not pretty or elborate, but is clear enough that you can always figure out what's going on, even during fast-paced action sequences...so that's good enough for me.
Summing it up; at the end of Volume 5, the storyline remains gripping and has just begun gathering momentum. Hopefully, the conclusion will not disappoint.
... Last updated on May 21st, 2011, 12:57am
I was actually looking for something with very intense plotting, layered characterisations and very tight pacing.
This manga is okay: it doesn't really fulfill any of the above but it'll satisfy those who're looking for an easy fantasy read. My main problem is that the characters often feel like props for the ongoing storyline but I didn't feel any sort of anticipation to see what would happen nor was I ever drawn into the story. (Yep, I read all the way until Chapter 25 and even read it all twice.)
Also, do note the art evolves quite a lot and so, many characters look very different over the next few volumes. But some of the characters look too similar though and there's barely anything to tell them apart. Seriously, I've seen better character designs from artists with lesser skills.