Monday, July 5, 2010

Madness Manga Mondays (13)

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Captive Hearts, Volume 1This weeks MMM is...
Captive Hearts 
Volume One
by Matsuri Hino

Fate plays an unusual trick on a privileged boy in this adorable shojo! 
Being carried around everywhere and having handsome Megumi act like a slave may seem ideal, but Suzuka just wishes he would stop. Can anything be done about Megumi's captive state? Or is Megumi doomed to see Suzuka as his master...forever? 
Carefree Megumi Kuroishi was living a life of luxury until the day a girl named Suzuka Kogami walked into his life. All of a sudden, Megumi finds himself kneeling at Suzuka's feet and prostrating himself like a servant! What Megumi doesn't know (until that very moment anyway) is that his family is cursed to follow the orders of the Kogami family.
My Review:
Being a big, big fan of Matsuri Hino, you can expect that I loved this volume and this series, Captive Hearts. Captive Hearts revolves around an old curse and a servant that is forced to serve a girl that he soon falls for. In volume one you meet the main characters quirky Megummi, Suzuka and Megumi's father the butler, Kuroishi. Megumi and his father are under a curse one to serve Suzuka's family. Because of this throughout volume one and many others of the series we see Megumi's "servant fits", and with Kuroishi's comedic  handling of his son, your sure to laugh while reading this. Suzuka is also a girl thats lost, coming from China to Japan she doesn't know the language just yet, and wasn't raised to be the only "princess" to the families money. And between Megumi's "servant fits" she just becomes confused about her emotions towards Megumi and this curse. Throughout the series we see these two characters develop but in volume one you see the foundations of the series start. Volume one has its hilarious, funny and romantic points, much like all of Hino's manga series do. And if you like a quick cute manga series to read Captive Hearts numbering 5 volumes, making it more accessible for readers and cheaper! :)

Matsuri Hino (樋野 まつり)
About the Author:
Matsuri Hino was born on January 24 in Hokkaido. She was a bookshop keeper who one day decided to become a manga artist, and all of nine months later, in 1995, she published her first manga title, Kono Yume ga Sametara (When This Dream Is Over), in Japan's LaLa DX magazine. Despite her swift ascension to professional manga creator, Hino's rich illustrations and enchanting storytelling make her success anything but surprising. A former bookstore shopkeeper, Matsuri Hino burst onto the manga scene with her title Kono Yume ga Sametara (When This Dream Is Over), which was published in LaLa DX magazine. Hino became a manga artist a mere nine months after she decided to become one.

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