365 Days of Manga, Day 32: My Dearest Devil Princess

 

my-dearest-devil-princess-2.jpgMY DEAREST DEVIL PRINCESS (Hakoiri Devil Princess, “Devil Princess in a Box”) (???????????) • Makoto Matsumoto (story), Maika Netsu (art) • Broccoli Books (2007-ongoing) • Jive (Comic Rush, 2004-2007) • 2 volumes, canceled (6 volumes in Japan) • Shônen Fantasy Romantic Comedy • 16+ (brief mild language, violence, frequent partial nudity, frequent sexual situations)
Predictable love comedy manga in the Oh My Goddess! style, with more cheesecake and a worse story. When he opens a strange box on the very first page, Keita releases Maki, a devil princess with bat wings and a tail. She’s come to take his soul as part of a soul-gathering competition to become the “demon queen,” but she’s an inexperienced, insecure devil (the word hakoiri also implies a sheltered upbringing) and she ends up living with him and helping around the house instead. A variety of busty devils, angels and interfering classmates soon enter the picture, bearing squirtguns of clothes-dissolving, suspiciously starchy-looking holy water. Netsu is able to draw decent anime-style pin-up art, and it reads smoothly, but the main characters are boring Milquetoasts and the story is just a bunch of excuses for the female characters to fight one another as various one-millimeter-wide objects conceal their nipples.
* (one star)
A moment of silence for Broccoli Books, the publishers of My Dearest Devil Princess, who collapsed in 2008. (silence) On the other hand, I have to admit that most of their titles were way too fanboyish (or fujoshi-ish) for me — too many doe-eyed passive girls and hot, angsty guys who didn’t actually do anything. Actually, My Dearest Devil Princess was, in some ways, actually one of their better titles, since at least it sort of held together as an (awful) story and it wasn’t about DiGi Charat. Obnoxious opinions: that’s what you get here at 365 Days of Manga!
Today’s winner is Brandon W. of Texas! He’ll be receiving a special surprise Diwali present of five manga from my collection!

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