It is the Taisho Era at a certain girl's school. There one young lady embodies the ambition and is the envy of every girl. The crimson ribbon adorning her marks her as the top student. She is none other than Yoshimura Sayaka. Always at her side is the chauffeur her family employs, Narutaki Shinobu. Are the two in love as rumored amongst the female student body!?
(Source: Omari's Sister)
Volume 1: Ruka to Touzoku (Ruka and the Thief)
I really enjoy reading this manga even though its plot is not anything new, but there are plenty of times when you just want to be entertained by something light and sweet and this manga happen to be perfect for those times.
What I love about it the most is how very gentlemanly the chauffeur character treat his milady. His restraints and sacrifice makes my heart ache when I read it.
He is drawn very beautifully and so is she.
The feeling of the female protagonist grows throughout the story very sweetly and cute.
Overall, I highly recommend this for those who seeks out to read love story with
gorgeous art that have lots of very sweet pure romantic moments.
A popular theme for romantic stories set in the past are relationships between people of different economic statuses; forbidden love is so irresistible. While this is true, Ojousama no Untenshu does not necessarily introduce anything new to readers of shoujo. There's an age gap, a strong female lead, a perfectly handsome gentleman at her side, and love triangles. What sets this manga apart from others is its frequent mention of the setting in the Taisho era, a seemingly lovely historical period where people still ride in carriages.
In terms of the romance, the dynamic between the two is noticed right off the bat at the beginning
of the story, though "milady," as she is called by him, dismisses their relationship as one of brother and sister since they had practically grown up together. Of course, he had always known that he had loved her and that he was never to touch her with his bare hands; wearing gloves clearly separated them in social status. For the most part, they get along well though they bicker a little bit. It is quite obvious, though, that she will understand her true feelings for her servant Narutaki.
While the main character certainly is a headstrong young girl who is confident and pretty, that is a typical element to many shoujo manga. The same can be said for her attractive chauffeur who always seems to know when she's in danger and comes to her aid instantaneously. They form a duo that isn't particularly unique in my eyes.
In fact, I thought the most interesting character was her best friend, a young blond girl who initially appears to dislike the main character Sayaka but actually really admires her. She always makes offhand comments that look like insults but disguise her adoration for Sayaka, as if she were the purest princess. For that reason, she despises Narutaki for spending time with Sayaka all the time and for swaying her heart.
There is also another character that I found fairly interesting, but this person comes at a later time, so read the manga as I won't spoil here.
What I really liked about this manga was the artwork. The lines around the characters looked clean, fresh, and smooth. I could feel the youth radiating from Sayaka and her other friends, and the men were attractive. Blushing faces and tears were precious. I was more distracted by how nice the characters looked to pay too much attention to the scenery, which was probably good as well.
There were a few cliches in here which I pointed out with a smirk while I read, but I wouldn't say they kept me from enjoying the manga. It was a short and sweet read and definitely predictable in seeing who she'd end up with, but sometimes a situation like that is interesting if you want to see how it plays out. If anything else, the art is pleasant to look at and some of the characters have unique personalities.