Eight years ago, the young songstress Armelia met a kind, aristocratic boy named Luce. However, he was quickly kidnapped a pirate named Captain Scar and whisked away, never to be seen again. Now, in the present, Armelia has disguised herself as a boy in order to find Luce again, and has managed to make her way onto the ship of Captain Scar himself. Armelia soon comes to discover that Luce took his own life some time ago, but she's determined that he's alive somewhere out there. Along with Captain Scar and his crew, Armelia continues to look for her lost love; but he may be closer than she initially thought...
In my quest to read about some manga style pirates other than just One Piece, I come across Wanted. Written by the author who wrote Vampire Knight, I think I was a bit honest in the fact that I was hesitant. Wanted however, feels very decent. Nothing mindblowing, but it was a decent short series that I didn't mind getting into. Story- Armelia is just a girl who chooses to get on a pirate ship in order to search for her lost childhood friend. That quickly gets resolved and then she quickly gets into adventures with the pirate crew of captain scar himself. Judging by how it ends I can only guess the series wasn't doing that well in the magazine and got axed. Guess it didn't click that well with the fans. Art- As far as art goes, Hino has always had a good artsyle for her shojo series. So for the eye candy you will not be disappointed. Characters- I feel as though the characters weren't as developed as they could have been. I would have love to see if Armelia got more of a pirate transformation, or to see her growing relationship with Scar. It feels disappointing to see the character potential get cut short before it really started. Overall- A quick short read for those who want something with pirates. That was my reason for reading it. The ending wasn't bad actually, just be prepared for when it ends.
Manga in 200 Words: Wanted Premise: A girl falls in love with a young man who gets kidnapped by pirates! A few years later, she decides to cross-dress and sneak aboard the ship that her beloved left on in order to find him, and predictably, she succeeds. Story: It’s really short, so several things are underdeveloped, but its biggest weakness is the predictability. Luce is exactly who you think he’s going to be, and things turn out pretty much the way you’d expect. It is, however, a cute story, so I don’t actually dislike it overall. Pop Culture: There are aspects of Wanted that are similar to a few movies I’ve seen (Pirates of the Caribbean and The Princess Bride), but that isn’t a recommendation. Both of those movies are better than this book; they just share a few plot elements. Romance: For a one volume story, it’s ok, but it’s not likely to take your breath away or anything. Expect a cute and short plot without twists, rivals, or complications. Overall: Wanted is a decent one shot, and it’s entertaining enough to be worth the time, but if you’re searching for something poignant, memorable, and lasting, this isn’t it.
Wanted was a new impression imprinted on me, I read this after I had read the first chapter of Chibi Vampire, and it made me a little confused with my emotions. No manga has ever done that to me, let alone very few movies. I could relate to this manga in many ways; back then in 2009 I was going through something with similar emotions and feelings. So it was very easy for me to understand this manga. Normally, there is always that one thing I never like when reading a manga, be it a character, a place, or just something. But I didn't have that problem while reading this one. You could say it was a flawless read for me, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed, and hope to do over and experience again.
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