Yuurin, the daughter of a low ranking government officer, came to the royal palace after hearing of a job with higher wages. However, that job is to act as the bride of Haku Reishou, who is feared as being the ruthless and heartless "His Majesty, the Wolf." In the royal palace where conspiracies swirl, after learning His Majesty's secret, Yuurin ends up stuck being his temporary bride...!?
Volume 2: Hoshi no Yoru ni wa Afureru Uso wo
Honestly, this is one of the funniest stories I've read in a while and it's not horridly romance but instead, just right. The male lead is wonderful in the fact that he keeps you guessing and he's cool and handsome like in most shoujo manga. The heroine is where it's at though. She's not whiny and a do nothing like many heroines in shoujo manga. She's actually really admirable and it results in lots of amazing plot twists. This is a must read and a must reread!
I feel like I need to give this manga a proper review. The reviews on here seem to paint this work as an adorable original story that is charming. While I will give the story the point that it is humorous it is not all that much fun to read, it definitely is very predicable and honestly makes me want to take back the couple hours I spent reading this. But since I like to give a fair review, I'll let you decide and cite reason for what I think.
From here on there will be some VERY minor spoilers:
The Good: Its in old Japan
so that's a good start and the set up has good potential, a low class girl who plays the wife of the wolf like king for money and primarily to pay off debts, her adventures are humorous and slapstick, often ending in a comedic situation. That's where the good ends.
The bad: This plot, while original at the beginning quickly relies on troops. Its very clear to see that the story was meant to be a one-shot because the plot is wrapped up nicely in the first chapter. After that her emerging feelings mysteriously disappear until chapter 25 or so. The plot is watery with no real go in mind other than the fact that the author obviously wants the series to continue and makes her pay back debts that are a little too ridiculous. Like hanging around an extra 5 or so months because she put a small crack in the wall.
Don't really ned a good or bad here, I mean it looks like every other shoujo manga, and by every other shoujo mangas I mean works such as (but not limited to): Fruits Basket, Last Game, Horimiya, Taiyou no Ie, Arakure, Mixed Vegtables, Special A, and many many more. Definitely nothing special
The good: Well... there are some attractive guys I guess?
The bad: Look, maybe its not always bad but both characters resemble other characters so much its depressing. For example the wolf king bears a striking resemblance to Kyouya in Black Prince and Wolf Girl (sound familiar?), and Kyo from Fruits Basket, and Ikuto from Shugo Chara. The girl is so common its sad she is VERY similar to Misaki from Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Every main character from Io Sakisaka (ie Ao Haru Ride, and Strobe Edge), Hikari from Special A, and basically every "strong" "hope, optimism, and love" character written in shoujo manga in the last 50 years.
It keeps you entertained enough to keep reading I guess...
Basically its a VERY timeworn formula that manga artists and authors like to use because I guess people like it. However, if you are going to get engaged in a long running slow moving story, do yourself a favor and read Skip Beat or maybe Ouke no Monshou if your okay with VERY old art and plot circles. Better yet, read Special A. As I've been hinting at through this summary, Special A has done everything this manga attempts to do and better only in a more modern setting with more characters and more comedy.
I'm not trying to hate on this manga, making a manga is hard work! But in the case of this one, its not all that fabulous. Furthermore, read it yourself and see what you think, perhaps this girl has been into shoujo manga too long and no longer appreciates a classically plotted story. Could be just me, but please do decide for yourself and keep ALL the comments in mind.
Let me start off by saying that if you want a creative, non-cliche story, you won't find it here.
Scary competent king of a country: check
Lowly commoner girl that's hardworking and tries her best: check
Faking lovers, which has to be kept secret: check
Royal romance that isn't supposed to work out: check
Guy coming to the girl's rescue all the time: check
All these sound familiar, don't they? Even so, I find it comes together in a fun way in this manga, making it very enjoyable for me.
First, the forced fake bride thing. A common trope. But this does proceed in a way slightly different from expected. What usually
comes to mind is
(1) a possessive king that falls in love with his bride and forces her to be his (fake) bride for whatever reason, and of course somehow the girl has to agree and she slowly falls in love with the overbearing king...
(2) a cold uncaring/evil king that doesn't care for his bride at all, but slowly falls in love with her due to her bright personality breaking down the walls surrounding his heart yadayada
Well. It's not really too different, but the king isn't fully either of these things. In the firs place, his personality has a different side to it, which is what made me interested in the first place. I hope this isn't a spoiler, since you get this info about 10+ pages in anyway. The presence of his puppy king personality allows him to move away from being just a scary king. It also allows him to expression affection in different ways.
Often there's a (probably tsundere or cold) king who eventually reveals his out of character/new soft side after spending time with the girl. In this case it might be kind of the opposite, since his soft side is out in the open from the start. It is therefore kind of refreshing, since the characters are on good terms from the start. Anyway, because of his personality, the king manages to show his affections through both his wolf and puppy sides, without being out of character at all. Seeing the female lead react to the different sides of him is also fun to watch, so it made things pretty enjoyable for me. Other than that, he's still a perfect king character that goes off to save his damsel in distress all the time, so if you like those, good for you.
The main female lead is pretty normal, as one would expect a female lead to be. Even so, she's not annoying, and I enjoy watching her going about with her palace life. She's a commoner who thinks hard about doing her job well, which makes it interesting as we watch her try to fit in with her environment. The setting of this story and her role in it allows her personality and actions to be pretty likable.
Next, about the fake royal romance. Usually, stories with fake relationships somehow manage to work out once the two realize and confess their feelings for each other. It simply goes from fake to real without too much hassle. In this case it's a little complicated.
There's the whole employee-employer thing, and the king-commoner thing. Rather than people around who disapprove of the relationship, it's probably the concerned parties themselves who understand the most that the relationship is not meant to be.
So much of the manga is watching these characters act according to these roles they are given, "fake consort" and"king", as they try to support one another in their own ways. Staying within the limits of their role while trying their best and caring for the other person - it's quite interesting to watch. How much can these limits be pushed before it goes beyond that of a employer-employee relationship? And what happens then? I'd really like to watch it play out.
The art is pretty pleasant as well, and I really love the different hairstyles. Yuurin looks good no matter what hairstyle she uses, and it's starting to be something I look forward to.
Overall, it's a manga that doesn't particularly stray too far from common trope-y stuff. But the elements do come together to make an interesting story. The story is also pretty light and easy to read. Romance doesn't progress that quickly, but I think that's the point of it, to be able to see the characters slowly move forward and pushing the boundaries of their relationship. Above all, I find the characters enjoyable, and I like seeing them interact, so I rate this pretty decently for it's enjoyment value despite there being a number of predictable elements. Predictable =/= bad all the time, after all.
Don't expect too much drama, or proper romantic progress. But due to the nature of the story, do expect some cute things and random romantic actions (which sadly, stop short of anything happening, as expected). Go in without expecting too much, and just enjoy the ride.
First of all, this is my VERY first review.. so it might not be that helpful as the others but.. please don't hate. Hehehe..
So when I read the synopsis of this manga, I was VERY excited. When I started reading it, I guess it didn't fail me.
The plot line is very good. A story of a king who hires females as a temporary bride but in a secret. There are also times when the plot line muddles the story but.. overall the story is great.
Well, the art is decent.. I guess. Yeah, it's decent. It's just like some typical shoujo manga. Overall..
King Reishou is a very awesome character. I really love the way he acts as the wolf king but very childlish and nice when he talks to Yuurin. Hehehe
I really enjoyed this manga and I think you will too. The comedy value of this story is very great. Mostly every chapter will make you laugh.
Overall I think you should definitely read it. There's just so much hype in this manga. If you really love romance/comedy mangas.. just like me.. you should definitely check this out.