Nina is your average schoolgirl who has come to that point
in life where love becomes important. Whilst wondering when
her dream boy will turn up, two drop straight out of the sky.
Both cute and available, they have come to the human world
for their magician's exams, which involve protecting Nina.
Now Nina has her hands full, two cute boys but which one of
them is destined to be hers...?
Lollipop is a Shojo manga from Michiyo Kikuta. Shojo is
the subset of manga deliberately aimed at a young, female
audience. So you pretty much know what you're going to get
- predominantly a story which will focus on comedy and romance.
said, the manga has a lot of charm. Nina is portrayed as a
young woman looking for love but not at any cost. She has
a mind of her own, which is just as well as the two young
wizards Ichi and - no not Scratchy, though that would have
been funnier - Zero have very different temperaments. I presume
that they are representative of the two opposing traits that
young women look for in a partner. Zero is introspective and
sensitive whilst Ichi is the dangerous Johnny Depp of the
pair. Guys, we never stood a chance in being all things to
Although, the story is supposed to be humorous, the book has
some unexpected humour which I presume is a consequence of
differing cultures. The reason that Ichi and Zero have to
look after Nina is that she has accidentally swallowed their
magic pearl, I guess she thought that there wasn't enough
to make a necklace.
The artwork is full of clean lines and what little nudity
there is, is played for comic effect. The whole manga positively
exudes exuberance in both its story and its art.
This first volume is well constructed and contains the first
five chapters of the story as well as a bonus story from Medical
Magic, another manga by Kikuta. There are translation
notes and cultural references explained, and the book concludes
with a preview, albeit in Japanese, of Volume Two.
My only concern is that the book is aimed at a specific audience
so may not have the mass appeal that it deserves.