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Crown Volume 1 by Shinji Wada
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Crown Volume 1

by Shinji Wada

Series: Crown (1)

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Let's start positive: the art (or more shallowly put: the guys) is (or are) gorgeous. You Higuri delivers there - and I'm just shallow enough to keep the book just for that.

The characters aren't too bad either - you've got your average teenage girl (who's secretly a princess), her handsome brother and his best friend (who are, I kid you not, modern day mercenaries and a two-man army), a femme fatale (who's actually not a femme) and your standard grumpy bad-guy-turned-good-by-the-loveability-of-the-teenage-girl-who's-secretly-a-princess. Plus, of course, the Really Bad Guys, who are all ugly and therefore beneath my attention.

Sounds shallow? That's because, basically, the manga as a whole is exactly that. You don't need to think - in fact, you desperately need to /not/ think. Just enjoy the pretty guys traipsing around, sowing death and destruction (but they're the Good Guys, so it's all right). There's shower-scenes and some vaguely incestuous hugging to be enjoyed as well - it's not /all/ gung-ho action-movie type of stuff.

With a bucket of popcorn and the right attitude, this manga's not a bad choice for girls (or guys?) who are just looking for some fun. ( )
1 vote misura | Aug 10, 2009 |
The story of a poor girl who suddenly discovers that she’s a fabulously wealthy princess, Crown feels sort of like a Roald Dahl or Harry Potter book, except that instead of “magic” the heroes’ special power is sniping and setting explosives.
 
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"Mahiro thought she was all alone in the world, until her long-lost brother and his best friend showed up and turned everything upside-down! Ruthless and dangerous, the two men have vowed to protect the innocent girl from the ambitious queen who wants her dead. As Mahiro learns more about her forgotten past, she and her handsome bodyguards must face explosions, assassins, betrayal-- and budding romance"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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