Ai is the only royal princess of Ai-Land, a magical kingdom caught in the midst of a horrific revolution. When Princess Ai makes a hasty escape from her war-torn land, she finds herself in modern-day Tokyo. Confused and in shock, Ai wanders the streets in this strange new land to unravel the secrets that could tear her and her kingdom apart...
This is just a beautiful manga full of drama and romance. The characters all feel actually real, from Ai who speaks her mind a bit too much, to Ken who has a sweet heart but seems to push people away sometimes. Even the smaller characters have large roles to play and each actually work to keep the story going, doesn’t drag them down. The only character I have problems with is Hikaru, Ken’s gay roommate. It’s not that I feel he doesn’t give much to the story, his whole story works out to help, its just that he acts a little whiny at times. The illustrations are beautiful showing off the deep passion of the characters and the beauty in the music. The first few pages of each of the three are wonderfully colored, and act mostly symbolic. In the third book, they have a little paper doll you can cut out and play with. Lots of times, how they set the layout looks to be like a music video and yet, even though I praise the artwork so much, there are times when they do seem to lack. Times when the lines seem faded or the characters look just background. It’s sad to see that with how beautiful and wonderful the story is.
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