The long-lasting war between the Northern and the Southern Kingdoms is unbearable. So the northern Prince Johane and the southern Princess Euda decide to tell everyone they are in love, because their marriage can stop the war. But the truth is they don't get along at all!
When I look at this manga it looks like another one of those basic romance stories and it is but it did do well for what its worth.
This story is about two people from different countries who fake their love in order to stop the two countries from fighting. This works but the only problem is that they don't get along. Now the plot is overuse as I've seen this in many other mangas before this. Especially how the romance is done in this manga. But what made it good is how funny it is. The humor is what save its. Plus its
starts to pick up as when people tries to destroy the peace that the two countries have. So while the plot is unoriginal, The humor and its pacing is what saves this.
The art here is really well done. Its looks really pretty and the chibi form the girl when showing her emotion I'll admit, is really cute. The looks and expressions that they made just makes the humor even more hilarious. The arts and illustrations are very nice and well drawn.
The character are just like what you expect for a shojo manga. But while they look the same, they feel different. The male and female lead has lots of personality to them which makes it different from other shojo type characters. Plus the romantic chemistry while looks the same like other shojo character has shown, it did show progress to their love for each other and is pace very well. The other character are not that much present but they do show effort they give for the main characters.
I really did like this and I thought I was going to hate it. I give this try when you have some time you wanna waste.
the short, guy likes girl, girls tsundere, and there is the story, with some a relatively fast, the relationship ACTUALLY changes, and nothing really feels like it was added just to prolong the manga, the end feels a bit rushed, but still satisfying.
the long, and in depth portion.
there are some things that shoujo fails at and this is usually the art. they need to tell the story more through words, have characters with emotive faces, to convey the situations, and to that extent its a success.
however when ever the action ramps up, or things start moving a bit fast, the art falls flat on
its face, and this is a BIG way this manga fails at the last chapters. suffice to say, they needed to be a bit more explained or drawn out.
the characters, at least the main 2 and the few attendants, you get to know pretty well, anyone else however, you will be going back chapters to figure out who the hell they are. granted this may be because i read it as it was coming out, but fact remains besides the main characters and attendants, the shoujo art style fails to make any of the side characters memorable at all.
as for the plot, chapter 1 i don't consider a spoiler, if you do skip this. the relation ship mostly stays that way, but its obvious that its moveing all the time, its not like most shoujo where the relationship goes nowhere and suddenly BAM progression hits you in the face, or a mix of progression and regression.
as for the over all plot, its decent, but poorly executed, but this was never about the background plot, this was always about the relation between the two mains, and thats where this shines.
now, my enjoyment of this is basically this, it was a romance, that had comedy elements, was never overly serious, and moved allong. because it was what i was looking for i LOVE this one. you may not as much as me.
this isn't typical shoujo, as in the crap you think of when you think shoujo, however that said, its not the next great manga either, if you go into this expecting average, you will be surprised its better than you thought.
Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen begins with a rather heard-of story of 2 people from feuding countries coming together with fake love to end the war which slowly turns into true love.
(Skip to the bottom at "Overall:" for a basic summary...)
Even with the somewhat used base story, the plot is entertaining in how it is able to maintain a good balance of romance, comedy as well as dramatic events.
Personally, there is also a good dose of added realism from the political aspects of the story that I thought would probably be ignored in light of the romantic comedy.
The comedy of this manga
is mainly the lovers' quarrels between the two main characters and the minor characters' presence and behaviour which all bring a very sweet and cute aspect to the plot.
However parts that the manga could improve on would be the clarity of some aspects of the plot such as the ending. (Find out for yourself)
Even so, I am rather amazed at how the mangaka manages to turn the almost impossible situation into a happier ending (which shouldn't be too much of a surprise) with more emphasis on a light and comedic atmosphere again.
To me, the art is rather appealing and interesting especially the simplified smaller panel pictures that bring out the comedic effect of the situation and characters' actions a lot more.
The clothing of the characters have nice detail to them that give them a sense of realism. What I liked was how the mangaka manages to maintain a level of character distinctions even when using more or less the same eye-style on the characters, because this is usually an aspect that is left out.
The characters do not necessarily have a lot of realism to them that make up a psychological story, but they do have some extent of depth and history behind them that make them likeable and interesting.
A very cute and sweet rom-com yet exciting and on-plot enough to have a mix of politics, drama, (a bit of) realism and action included.
If you're looking for a bit different type of shoujo rom-com manga without too much of the stereotypical nonsense, this should be on your list. :)
You should already know that by reading the summary, the relationship between Yuda and Johanne started off as a hope for peace between the North and South. The main focus of this manga is peace and love, and if you don't find interest in those kinds of things, this is not the manga for you.
One of the greatest things I loved about this manga were those cute moments between the two. Sure, the structure was a little bit awkward, but whenever there was a cute moment, I would think about the guy I like, and then my heart
would feel like it's jumping out. :) I could relate to Yuda. When I'm shy, I tend to cover it up with lies but then I blush and then it's totally obvious I'm lying. >.< I'm also like her in the sense that I keep on running away from guys I like which isn't as great in real life as it is in manga since there aren't many nice, persevering guys in the world. ;_;
Anyways, this manga is worth a read and I suggest you give it a try! (=