Why don't more people know about this? Aaaah!
Corset ni Tsubasa is definitely a score 9 manga. There are very, very few shoujo manga that are that good. I'd say it teeters on a 10- Here's why.
C H A R A C T E R S
Are truly well done. They are perfection. We have intricate, well thought out characters who all have their own distinct personalities and flavors. MC's character development is nothing new but the static characters around her (Jessica, Raphael, etc...) have such interesting characters that it makes the fact that MC is a Typical Heroine okay.
And that's the other thing. MC might be a cliche, but she's a darn well done one. I mean, she actually has a goal! And a personality! Wow! (sorry. I am just so done with bad shoujo protags)
A R T
Decent. The author's detail and research are spot on. If you get bored with the manga, the art's enough to keep you happy. I'm talking about the dresses (Edwardian era clothing is perf) and decor and stuff.
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Umm, this is a historical manga, so I feel the need to point out that the author really does integrates the history in the story. We're seeing change in the era reflect in the actions and behaviors of the characters and that is something I really enjoyed.
S T O R Y
The cherry on the top. Plot is in my opinion the best aspect of this manga. The story has this air of mystery and suspense that doesn't get old. The manga has consistent themes that make the story character-driven. The author uses her characters well without randomly introducing unnecessary characters- this point I appreciate especially, because it opens up the opportunity to flush out characters. It also gives us a lot of suspense and drama.
C O N C L U S I O N
*cheesy overly cheerful voice* If you want endearing characters, a catchy story with a mystery and good art, Corset ni Tsubasa is the right manga for you! (take that with a grain of salt tho) Now go read it, please and thank you :D