Foreign Friday: Captive Hearts

At last, the next Foreign Friday is out! This time it’s Captive Hearts by Matsuri Hino.

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The Story

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.

The Characters

Megumi Kuroishi is a man who has the perfect life, with no particular ambitions and little motivations until the long-lost heir his father’s employer’s estate is found and returns home. Suzuka has lived a great portion of her life in China (where she’d gone missing) and her experiences have left her shy and uncertain about her life as an heiress in Japan. Together they make a sweet and entertaining team.

What I Thought

Although the series is relatively short, Captive Hearts manages to tell a complete story. Not only does Hino strike the amusement factor of having a man enslaved in lavish and ridiculous adoration whenever he looks into the girl’s eyes, but she also touches on the serious handicap this puts on a relationship. I feel that it was well balanced with both humor and drama. Some of the more serious aspects of the story include kidnapping and child enslavement, as well as feudal period marriages. It was a worthy read! There are 5 volumes, all available in English in the U.S.

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