Foreign Friday: MeruPuri

This week’s Foreign Friday title is MeruPuri by Matsuri Hino.

The Story

On the way to school one morning, Airi loses her mirror – one that had been passed down to her through generations – and suddenly finds herself in a bizarre situation. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect Aram, a little boy from a magical kingdom, to have emerged from the mirror in the short time it took her to track it down!

The Characters

Airi may come off as your average high school girl in love with the idea of true love, but her naivete and old fashioned ideas of romance make her stand out from others. She’s kind, but only really sparkles when she’s  is with Aram. Aram is a true prince; arrogant, proud, handsome, talented, and incapable of handling the daily tasks of living. The fact that he’s several years younger than Airi make them a very interesting couple…

What I Thought

I love fantasy romance, and MeruPuri spins an enchanting tale of magic, dual words, and love that transcends them all. Okay, so the male character is eight throughout most of the series, but true love has no age, right? It’s a clever story that probes love at different levels, with magic adding an oftentimes very entertaining stumbling block. The story is well paced until the end, where it feels a little rushed, but it concludes very well. Matsuri Hino’s art style plays up the fantasy feel beautifully. A very enjoyable read, complete in 4 volumes (all in English in the U.S.)

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