In a country where women rule supreme lives a poor but happy boy named Albert. An excursion to the city turns dangerous when he and his friend are abducted by slave traders, and later purchased by a noblewoman's servant. If this wasn't crazy enough, it turns out Albert looks exactly like the noblewoman who purchased him. But she's no ordinary aristocrat. She's a princess! And he's to act as her double from today on!?
Expecting the cliched "happily ever after"? Well this is far from it.
Things start off airy fairy but get to chapter 7 and BAM! it hits you on the real and darker side of the monarchical system.
In a women dominated society, meet your commoner boy who "coincidentally" is the splitting image of the princess. He is captured by slave traders but bought by the princess as her substitute. From then on, he learns about the princess' world (at first unwillingly) while the princess wants to learn about the outside world. THAT'S the airy fairy bit. After that, things hit you quickly and unexpectedly just when
you thought the coast was clear (I can't say what as that would ruin the surprise).
Albert's character undergoes a major transformation as he learns how dangerous being of royalty is. But the major turning point is his one decision that casts away any possibilities of freedom for himself even though the decision itself is highly risky and could lead to his death.
The art is beautifully drawn. I didn't like the cover picture at first which made me not want to read it, but the artwork inside is amazing and regretted not reading it sooner.
Overall, I really enjoyed Shounen Oujo and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of a laugh in a manga that gets increasingly dark with new twists in a world rising towards rebellion.
At the first two chapters, I thought of Daughter of Evil- a vocaloid song. It is very good and I was suprise that it has a low ranking here in myanimelist. It probably isn't very popular but I urge you to read it.
The story wasn't that original but I still like it.
The art was very good, not the best but it was likable and I'm sure you won't hate it.
There were only a few characters at the first part( not sure about volume2). Sometimes I get confuse at albert and the princess because they look alike.
I enjoyed this series very much. Although it wasn't one
of my favorites, it still helped me brighten up my mood so please try and read this.
A really good manga. It doesn't have one leading outstanding aspect, but it's really solid on most aspects and I can't think of anything major I'd change about it.
I picked this up because I liked the setting and there were interesting elements in the synopsis (cross dressing plus pretend royalty), but I didn't expect that much. What I got though, really exceeded my expectations.
This is a story about identity, responsibility, resolve, discrimination, politics, and more.
Identity - usually for gender benders it's just about hiding their gender yet mostly being themselves, but shounen oujo is interesting because it also involves being someone else. It's not about
simply pretending to be another gender, but taking on another identity, and in a world with many enemies. And because this involves cross dressing as well, it makes it even more interesting to see how this can manage to work - especially since a guy pretending to be female is much more difficult than the other way round. Add in the fact that there's serious (opposite!) gender discrimination and things get messy.
The identity crisis thing is complicated by the fact that it involves royalty and politics. It's already difficult enough to be a princess in difficult times, what with having to deal with all the political mess while trying to do your best to better the country. Then add in a main protagonist that has to deal with all these while knowing he isn't even a princess and has no responsibility to, and there's just even more to consider.
This manga involves things like gender discrimination and serious things. But while it remains able to discuss these issues without making it seem thoughtless or casual, it also doesn't end up making the manga too depressing and heavy to read. It is neither not serious enough nor too serious. It doesn't try to force ideas down our throat, but more of simply presents us situations that result from such ideas. The tone of the manga is thus enjoyable and sufficiently grabs my attention. There's also not much fanservice nor forced comedy that might be a turn off to readers.
It isn't always all about the palace life either. There are change in settings and different kinds of people to be enjoyed, so it doesn't get boring. The main character is someone I would love to follow to see how they'll end up, and the supporting characters are enjoyable enough.
I'm sufficiently invested in the story to want to know how things play out, while being satisfied with the pacing such that I don't find it draggy or rushed.
The happenings can be expected or unexpected sometimes, but even when it's expected it's still impactful, or it's something I can nod to and go "yup, that's how it should be". Rather than having unexpected surprises at every corner, letting the reader feel that the happenings are natural are not out of place is more important, and this is where I think this manga succeeds. There's just nothing much that's overly bullshitty or makes me frustrated, which is something rather difficult for many series to achieve.
Overall, it's not outstanding or jaw-dropping. But it keeps me invested while not giving me much to complain about. Rather than a manga that seems amazing but ends up being a disappointment, this seems more of one that will be consistent, which is very welcome. I'd recommend this to anyone since it probably has elements that appeal to most people. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The manga series 'Shounen Oujo' left me a thirsty impression. At first, I thought this manga is just like other gender bender stories which two individuals are look alike, and later they will switch places, experience each other lives and realize how hard to live the life of other. But my prediction betrays me when the main character Albert reach the point of no return. It made me wonder how he will carry out the duties of Princess Alexia and how long he will be able to pretend as her. I also want to know how will Albert change the views of his country.
Oujo is really good manga which tackles the prejudices of a country. It also includes the secrets of the past, action, comedy, political views, family relationship, friendship, loyalty, betrayal and lastly I'm hoping for romance to be included.
The reason why it left me a thirsty impression, its because of slow chapter updates. It has a good story but the updates took years. Well, I guess its understandable since the author said it's on hiatus, I guess it almost took one or two years? But I'm glad that Musashino-sensei decided to continue it again and here I'm hoping for his next chapter updates.... :)