Sugar Princess 2

March 2, 2009

I was going to post a review of a random volume of Special A tonight too, but I got about a quarter of the way through the volume and realized that it would require some research on my part in order to follow all the characters and understand enough to write about it.  A bit later this week, perhaps.

Speaking of For You In Full Blossom, what has Hisaya Nakajo been up to lately?  Why, how about this cute series featuring an ice skating little girl that wants to win a competition in order to save her rink?  What’s this?  Why, is her partner a surly boy with a sad past that seems cranky when helping her, but may actually have a good heart?

Holy crap guys, how is it that this series ran in Hana to Yume?  I figured it ran in a magazine for really young girls.  The chapters are short and the characters are really shallow, as are the plot and situations.  I could see a little girl being really into this, especially with the unusual theme of ice skating, but I can’t imagine that this ran in the same magazine as Skip Beat, Glass Mask, and Angel Sanctuary.

Let me get this out of the way right now too: the other reason I thought it ran in a younger magazine is because the art is so different.  The character designs are… well, just poor.  The proportions are way off and nothing looks very much like it did in Hana-Kimi.  I thought maybe this was because of the younger demographic, but… it ran in the same magazine.  I’ve got no idea.

The chapters are pretty repetitive, and they are mostly comprised of the main character practicing, talking about how she’s not very good, having her partner and/or other people tell her she’s not very good, people secretly admitting they like her effort, and then an affirmation of the main character’s desire to win the upcoming competition.  It’s pretty simple stuff.  We also get an ice skating pair that the main character aspires to be like, and a subplot involving her friends helping her make a nice outfit she can wear at the competition so she doesn’t have to force her mom to buy one for $500.

That’s… about it.  Like I said, I imagine this being great for really young girls.  There’s nothing bad or objectionable in it, and it’s quite upbeat and shows the heroine working pretty hard to achieve her goal.  The two volume length might appeal to a younger crowd too since there’s less of a commitment.  Things wrap up pretty nicely at the end of this volume, though the door is left open for future possibilities.  Older audiences, however, will want to give this a miss.  For sure.  I don’t care how much you liked Hana-Kimi.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.