Saturday, January 24, 2015

Manga Review: Meteor Prince, Volume 1, by Meca Tanaka

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Volumes: 2
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Strange accidents always seem to happen around Hako Natsuno--so much so that she's been dubbed "The Queen of Bad Luck." It's hardly surprising then that a naked alien prince falls from the sky to tell her that out of all the girls in the universe, he's come to Earth to mate with her. Does this mean Hako's luck has changed, or--?


I knew I was going to love it, just by the cover and a brief glimpse of the description. And I was right.
This. Was. Adorable.
Io literally crash lands on Earth from another planet, goes directly to Hako, and claims that she’s his soulmate, and they must mate. Hako, who has all her life had perpetually bad luck, doesn’t know how to take this.
Io is adorable; very happy go lucky, eager to make Hako fall in love with him, when he realizes that’s how things work on Earth. Hako is trying very hard not to fall for it, because everyone who gets close to her gets hurt, because of her bad luck.
This volume is very happy go lucky, very fluffy, but there’s also a few hints of something darker in Io, which gets shown later in the volume, and there's actual depth to Hako's feelings. Quite a bit was revealed in this volume, which I was surprised by. But none of it was rushed; it flowed perfectly, and the characters are all very easy to like. The way that the two fall for each other, all the cute moments between them, are very well done, and add up to a nice flow for their feelings.
The art is also very pretty, and now I’m hoping to find more of her English-released series.
I am really excited for the second, and final, volume. I know I’ll just eat it up.
I did want to mention a comparison/recommendation. Beast Master. (Maybe also Flower in a Storm?) It has a similar new-to-the-world element, and is just as cute as this one.

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