I'm a sucker for historical-based manga, so I was really thrilled to chance upon this light-hearted detective shoujo that promises romance among its genres, but has not shown explicit rabu-rabu 11 chapters in.
So far, the chapters following the lead heroine's obligatory intro and meetcute with the lead guy have all been mini-arcs of cases. The mysteries vary from something as banal as mixed restaurant orders to something more Meitantei Conan-like (decade-old murder cases).
I'm the type of reader who easily goes "oooh!" at simple cases of observation and deduction skills, so I really can't recommend this to mystery lovers. However, I can vouch for its
light humor and over-all pleasant feeling it brings to the readers.
Romance (which is one of my criteria for selecting manga reads) is still not evident, but the story's just starting. There are subtle hints here and there about the special bonds the leads share, like the detective's protectiveness over his assistant.
The lead male is refreshingly cheerful and uber nice to the lead heroine. No back stories about him encountered yet, but I sure would like to know how he ended up as a detective in a historical period!
The lead female is sincere and kind-hearted. She also reminds me a bit of my favorite shoujo heroine, Naedoko of Kono Dano Ai Dano, appearance-wise. But I digress. Kanoko is pretty likable.
There are other characters here, and they all appear every now and then in the chapters. While they're mostly in the background, their scenes have been enough so far to give the readers an idea about their personalities.
Very nicely drawn. I love the characters' wardrobe most especially (but then again, please refer to my earlier disclosure that I love outfits from this period)
I look forward to reading the successive chapters (and hopefully, read the romance its genre tags promised!)
S T O R Y
While I'm not usually one for mystery and I get easily confused, I really do enjoy this one. The mysteries aren't so complex that you can't follow the story and they aren't so simple that you can get the answer to it easily.
A R T
I absolutely love the art! Everything looks just right! None of the characters' heads are too big or too small for their body, and their hands aren't too big or too small. I think it's marvelous!
C H A R A C T E R S
The characters are my favorite part of the story! The main characters aren't
annoying, but very likable, with different, quirky personalities and opinions. The love interest is attractive (in my opinion) and lazy, but very enthusiastic when he gets money. The girl is adorable (again, in my opinion) and cares for others, but is also rather enthusiastic when she gets money. The recurring side characters are also something I like very much; they have a diversity of personalities: easily suspicious, very understanding, man of his words, kind, but kind of rowdy: I love them as well. Without these characters, the story wouldn't have the heartwarming atmosphere it does now.
E N J O Y M E N T
I love this story. I mean, how can I not, with the medley of characters, amazing art, and shocking mysteries, this story is worth the read.
O V E R A L L
Overall, I rate this a 9.8 out of 10!