The story opens several years after a devastating war, where incredibly strong 'mechanical dolls' slaughtered many, many people. These robot weapons, which look exactly like humans, are still feared and hated. During a storm, Craw finds one of these 'dolls.' She is nothing like the weapon he would expect, but is instead gentle, cheerful, and very eager to be of use to the people around her. She claims her name is Mayple, and she seems to be programmed as a maid and cook.
Soon, Craw has set up a cafe for Mayple to run, where she can cook sweets and tea for everyone in town. It's going to be a rough road ahead of her, as many townspeople hate her on principle and will not shrink from violence against her. But maybe Mayple, who always keeps a sunny attitude, will be able to find a way through the prejudice and make a place for herself in the post-war world.
All right so, first time writing a review. Lets try to make this good.
My first time reading this manga was a long time ago, probably a year or 2. At the time I was bored and I was just browsing through random manga looking for a good read. Then I saw this manga. It sorta managed to catch my eye because its title was relatively long and I found the spelling of "Mayple" interesting. At the time, the manga only had a around 3 chapters or so, so I never got the chance to finish it at the time, but it definitely left a strong impression on me, an impression strong enough that I managed to remember after this long of a time.
Being a 10 chapter manga, the story was rather short. Despite the short story, the author still chose write this story as a series of shorts. Each of these stories serves the purpose of showing Mayple being increasingly accepted into the community. Usually this takes the form of a person being added to the group of people that support Mayple. The cafe is used a central point throughout the entire story. Near the climax the plot gets quite unpredictable and it really helps make it climatic. However, all in all, the story is not very strong. A lot of cliches are used, and the story is fairly predicable most of the time. At the end the author wraps up with a nice epilogue.
Because it was only a 10 chapter manga, the characters could not have been well developed. A lot of the characters are very cliche and get sidelined after their respective stories are told. The only character that is really developed is Mayple.
The art was good. I really can't say it was spectacular or anything, but it was definitely above average. The panels were framed and composed very nicely and the art was high quality. I feel it was just done right. However, it had nothing that made it particularly standout, it was just typical.
Despite the fact a lot of the elements of this manga were weak, I really enjoyed this manga. I found it very heart warming. Because of this, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a light, enjoyable manga to read.read more