Moderator Note: This review was originally written for Hyouketsu Kiss Mate, but the manga has since been merged with Strange Dragon on MAL.
This was a very cute little story that made me smile. The characters were pretty simple in that we have a black sheep and a most popular boy but they changed it slightly in that now we understand the two better. That is something we don’t normally get in a one shot and I’m glad to see it happen. Sometimes even the longer one shots don’t have any back story to the characters and so we miss out on a couple of the
things that would happen all because we don’t know the characters.
The art is beautiful and you get a real sense of the characters and what makes them different (Sort of). Sadly because there are no colors, when they keep talking about ice blue eyes and blond hair, I wished I could see at least one image of that color but that’s not the author’s fault.
This is one you may like to read if you like romance style manga and just want a short taste.
Honestly, the synopsis didn't really tell me enough so I wasn't interested at first. However I've been pretty low on manga so I thought I'd give this one a try after reading comments about it.
Story: First off our princess is in search for a dragon because her uncle said he would give her the throne if she can come back with a dragon (he originally said she could after she becomes of age, but keeps making excuses so she can't become queen). The dragon is a significant partner who will act as a guardian. She eventually runs into one. However things are a little
different as planned as these two do not quite meet the "requirements" to play the roles of "Queen" and "Dragon"
I really enjoyed this manga. In fact I love it. Hahaha
Characters: The leads of this story often discourage themselves based off of what others have to say about them. They are two very lonely individuals.
Overall: I love this manga. The story line isn't too unoriginal. The princess is not a weak character at all, how can you not like her? As a princess I think she has many qualities that make her worthy of becoming Queen (in this story). Our dragon also, even though most of the time he comes off as weak, I love how manly he is. Hahah despite how shy he is. The romance in this manga met my expectations; I really did not expect much romance at all. It's a cute/sweet romance between the two.
Strange Dragon Manga Review
By: Ishihara Keiko
April 3, 2019
The story focuses on a young princess who's in search of a dragon in order to get back the throne of his deceased father. Though the story is fast paced since it only contains of 12 chapters, it clearly show the purpose the creator wanted the viewer to see. The will of the princess to take over the land and make up for the citizens who was treated poorly by the previous King, and the faithfulness of the dragon in her. Feels like a shorter and simpler version of Akatsuki no Yona. What is interesting on
this manga is how the story show that not all we believe is true, that it is not appearance that matters. Yes, its kind of cliche but the way the creator laid it is great.
Since the story is short, the chance for the characters to grow is critical. If not, impossible. Though it is minimal, the changes of the characters is there. How the guardian dragon excel in order to protect the princess is quite a catch. He change in a little bit of time he had. While he changed, the princess might take time. Yes, there are scenarios where she needs to stand up and speak for herself and that's good. It is understandable that growing in the position she have will take a lot of effort and time to achieve.
How I love the art of this one. It is cool, and polished. Every shade is almost perfect, the proportions of the body is great, and how the lips of the characters were made is really really attractive. It is such a waste that there is no colored page of how the dragon looks like. Just wanna see it with colors.
There's only a few stories which I love even if it is fast paced. It is because of rarity of the story, the way the story goes without a single loophole on it, with a thought that it really ends there. I love Historical Stories so it is a plus for this one. If only it is longer, I think I will enjoy it more. Since this type of story needs more time to grow and more adventures to encounter.
The way the story ends by making the entity, the citizens believed in, the enemy is a great one. It is unexpected but expected. It is expected to the point that there should be an enemy the guardian dragon must overcome and unexpected that it is them. That is just how the story goes. The main point is how the guardian dragon accepts his bitter faith in order to love the princess and stay together. Even if he know that it will end the way he don't want to.