Since the day she was born, Rumina has had her life planned out for her. Since she's from a high-class family, she's expected to do everything perfectly and she gets no choice in anything; not her friend, make-up or even boyfriend! Fed up, Rumina runs away and goes to a fastfood joint. After she's ordered, she realizes that she hadn't brought her wallet. A handsome teen pays for her meal, but in exchange she has to go on a date with him. Insulted after he steals her first kiss, she returns home. There, she finds out that he's her new bodyguard! [Baka-Updates]
• Volume 1 extra:
1) Club Papillion
2) B-men Kazoku extra - Merumo-tan Passes Through
• Volume 2 extra :
B-Men Kazoku extra - Merumo-tan Comes Again
• Volume 3 extra :
Princess Paffy and the 40 Thieves -
Princess Paffy has lived a happy life with her servant and friend Klaster at her side. However, she has been commanded by her father to marry a wealthy man in one week to save the kingdom. In order to avoid marriage, Paffy decides to track down the band of thieves responsible for the country's bankruptcy and take back what they stole.
Rumina is the successor to the wealthiest company in Japan, namely the Hanaki corporation., and is therefore in training to become a lady.
However, Rumina herself is not satisfied with this lifestyle and secretly sneaks out from time to time to eat fast food. And this is how she meets a mysterious guy, who pays for her meal in exchange for a 'date'. After Rumina refuses, he forcefully kisses her and she runs away.
The plot is not really orginal; rich girl with boundaries meets boy, wants to be with boy but can't since she's already engaged to another person. However it has a twist which
might surprise you.
Still, Royal Seventeen's strongest point is the art - it's not great, but definitely good enough to catch your eye. The characters' design are well thought out, albeit their stereotype personalities.
The hereoine, Rumina, starts out as a fed-up, typically-cute girl who just wants the freedom to do whatever she wants. She's also constantly being sexually harassed, but of course saved by the good guy. The' good guy' is also the only one that the mangaka lets harass Rumina.
Rumina's love interest is perfect, and he can do anything from art class to martial arts. He never loses. His only flaw seems to be the normal bishounen trait: too possessive.
The supporting characters helps making the story lighter and more flipped out. I especially found the maid and Rumina's friend Jessica to be the most entertaining. Rumina's fiancé was a rich, but weak and a 'loser'. If he hadn't been so weird and more normal it would've been less clear as how to the story would turn out, although it would've lost a huge comedy element.
Sometime in the middle, I thought that she would grow a back-bone and stand up for herself, but sadly that developement never happened. Basically, the character development was non-existent which annoyed me to no end. Sure, it was fun to read but I found it a bit too stereotype and simple for me. I would've wished that the mangaka would've built up the attraction between Rumina and the guy more slowly, because to me it seemed that everything was happening way too fast.
The story seemed a little hokey, but that's the joy of shoujo right? I did like the animation, big eyes, sharp lines, handsome fellas.. always a good thing.. Character development was decent. There was a fair amount of conflict, which helped to move the story along nicely. Overall, it was good.
Royal 17 starts off as your quite generic shoujo type of story but as soon as the reader’s presented with a pair of naked boobs (with nipples, mind you!), we know there’s something off here. Most often it feels more like a persiflage of the genre by being just too silly to be taken serious. Actually, the humorous approach is quite helpful because the plot itself is rather forgettable.
To sum it up - rich girl who’s sick of the restrictions that come with her privileges meets poor boy who’s handsome & perfect at everything (with a somewhat forced dark past to insert at
least a little random drama). They fall madly in love and end up running away from home just to return later for a happy ending.
Facts are, the main story is only 2 volumes long (the second half of both the 1st and 3rd volume are side stories with a similar premise) thus it avoids getting boring or simply too silly by ending early.
However, due to the lack of time (or space respecitively) the reader has to make do with a quite generic set of main characters and there’s no development either, but I guess that’s something to be expected of a short story.
Although the overall concept is nothing but shallow, the presentation is entertaining enough.
As aforementioned, the most striking difference is a simple formula: Hooray for boobies. Male lead Allen certainly doesn’t miss a chance to undress and fondle Rumina’s well-shaped titties (plus she doesn’t even resist!) and that’s probably the controversial part. It gets quite erotic at times but avoids drifting off into the hentai realm by leaving out the private parts. I’d definitely say it adds zest to the otherwise a little pale storyline.
The art achieves its goal by delivering pretty shoujo character design while backgrounds are as typical mostly non-existent.
This will not impress by any means, but it’s certainly enjoyable and will make you giggle as long as you don’t try to take anything too serious that’s done or said. And the guys might be left with half a boner.
Story: I love the forbidden lovers thing so the story fit perfectly being as it was the forbidden love between a girl and her boyguard. I thought that the story felt a little rushed, and didn't really go enough into details. Like one moment they meet the next they're in love.
Art: Was very well done I like how clothes, hair,and accessories were drawn really exact, and was very detail to even small things.
Character: To me the lead girl character seemed to be a push-over, and was a person who didn't know what she wanted. Because of her traits I feel that it allows
readers to feel more like she's real. I think that the led girl in the story acted similar to how average girls act. The main guy to me was the regular "I own her" type of a guy, that is the jerk/tough guy..etc.
Enjoyment: I have to say I enjoyed the funny moments, and the smut in the story, and also the progress that the characters made throughout the story.