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. As so happens
with many manga's Mamotte was turned into an anime
show, directed by Noriyoshi Nakamura, which ran in Japan,
from 2003 to 2005. You can see why as this romantic comedy,
squarely aimed at a teenage audience has a lot of charm about
it - though it may be a little too sweet for anyone other
than a preteen female.
Two takes up the story with Nina still looking for love
and being protected by Ichi and Zero. The book has five further
chapters of the story - pop 5 through pop 9 - as well as a
bonus Manga Kaito Papillion. To flesh out the book it also
explains the use of Japanese honorifics, gives you some useful
translation notes and adds a little bit about the author.
first story has the stench of filler to it. In Summer Event
is too Stimulating we see Nina and her friends play Kimodameshi,
which is a strange dating game. To be honest apart from the
introduction of two more people, Nanase and Yakumo, who are
after the magic pearl that Nina has swallowed, little in the
way of plot development happens. Of course as the kids are
paired off Nina and Ichi are paired, which leads to opportunities
to kiss and express jealousy.
6: Torment in Love on the Beach and we learn more about
Nanase and Yaumo, such as where they know Zero and Ichi from
and why Nanase hates Zero - apparently it is for exposing
him for a boy while he was posing as a girl at school.
rest of the chapters continue on in very much the same vein,
with the back-story being slowly filled in. One of the things
which I really liked about the book is the asides from the
author. These pop up all over the place explaining some of
the finer points and some of her thoughts on the manga. This
makes the whole experience a little more intimate and has
the likely affect of making the young reader feel a lot closer
to both the work and the author.
if you like your love sweet and slushy then this book is going
to be for you.