The Shou Dynasty is an era of widespread famine. Kouran, a girl from a village that cannot afford the taxes, sneaks into the palace to steal its treasure. There she encounters a handsome young man, Shiki. The two meet again the next day, when news that an assassin has killed a prince and made off is being circulated all over the country. Kouran suspects Shiki is the assassin, but his genuine kindness perplexes her...
Volume 1: Majo ni Usagi no Ningyo wo
Volume 3: Koushouya Erlin
Volume 4: Himegimi no Yubiwa to Yuuutsu
First of all, this manga is amazing and I loved every panel of it. WHY AREN'T THE CHAPTERS ALL TRANSLATED
oh and also this is my first review so excuse me if some of it doesn't make any sense :')
It starts off a bit rocky imo, and is a bit rushed, but after the first chapter or so you just hit it right off with Kouran and Shiki!!
Honestly, the art is one of the reasons why I love this manga so much. Shiki is just 👌 For a fangirl like me man, he's perfect. The art is gorgeous.
Mikado no Shihou really shines in this area.
Every character has their own personality, but they all fit together really well! I just love each character in this manga :'D they're all so likeable ^^
In the beginning I wasn't very invested but because of my dear friend I decided to persevere and keep going and boy am I glad I did :') This manga is now one of my favorites! Definitely give it a try because I'm sure you won't regret it! Man it's so underrated aND I NEED THOSE CHAPTERS!1!
It is a shame that I am unable to finish this series. It is difficult to find a completed version of this manga or in any of the book stores I went to However, I read up to chapter 20, and I enjoyed this more than I thought. Without spoiling too much, the first impression may throw you off, especially the characters and the obvious romance between the short girl (Kouran) and the handsome man (Shiki). This novel is surprisingly pure, so I immediately was hooked once I read past the third chapter. Besides the fluffiness, the main characters are easy to like. Kouran is
a fierce, determined, and realistic girl who doesn't beat around the bush. She is quite honest, and does not hesitate to carry out a deed to help her loved ones. She may act as the damsel in distress here and there, but she mostly acts like a hero to her main love interest, friends, family, and other people. The main male protagonist, Shiki, is interesting as well. He is quite mysterious, and we as readers learn his feelings and thoughts later in the chapters. From chapter 1-19, we were only told from Kouran's perspective, so it was hard to judge Shiki. Even from Kourna's viewpoint, I still liked his oblivious, gentle, and naive personality. The thing with Shiki is that he is utterly flawless. Handsome, rich, gentle, pure, mysterious... he is the definition of anyone's ideal type. Well of course he has to be since this is a shoujo manga, but that basically sums up Shiki's character as far as I read.
Anyway, there is no defining plot in this manga other than the relationship between Kouran and Shiki, but there are definitely major obstacles in the way of this relationship. Shiki is in a tough position, and Kouran is striving to become someone of good use to him, her family, and country.
I forgot to mention but the art is gorgeous. The author nails every Chinese traditional clothes and make up. The author also does a fabulous job of drawing Shiki so handsome and the other male characters look plain XD
If you are looking for romance between commoner and royalty, I hightly suggest Mikado no Shihou. The romance is definitely pure and passionate.