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Sugar Princess: Skating To Win, Vol. 1 Paperback – August 5, 2008
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Most of this first volume starts out a little slowly as it inroduces the characters and sets up the plotline. Because I liked Hana Kimi so well, I am reserving judgment on whether I like the series until I have read Volume 2. Many manga series start out slowly in the first volume. So far I do not like this series as well as Hana Kimi. In a sidebar the author says she has always been fascinated with ice skating and has wanted to do a skating manga so perhaps as Maya and Shun begin to compete the story will get better.
I liked the characters well enough. I thought Maya was cute and spunky, and she plays well off the disgruntled Shun. It's not the best romance ever, but it was sweet enough to keep me interested. Better than a lot I've read, actually. The art was pretty standard, but it gets the job done. I liked the plot. Figure skating is a pretty unusual background in manga (at least, it is in the US), and the story is well paced. It's pretty original, despite a few predictable moments.
"Sugar Princess" is a pretty fun little manga. It's enjoyable for all ages, and it's a good length. Good if you're looking for a shorter shojo series.
On her first day, Maya spots a beautiful young man skating alone. To her surprise, Coach Todo calls him over and tells them both that he wants them to skate together as a pair. The boy, Shun Kano, is decidedly unfriendly toward Maya, dismissing her as a novice and refusing to have anything to do with her. Like the good shoujo heroine that she is, though, Maya decides the best way to win Shun over is to practice hard and become a good skater, and since this is a shoujo manga, that effort eventually pays off. But although Shun agrees to coach her, he remains cold and standoffish.
This could only be the result of a secret sorrow, and sure enough, Maya eventually learns that Shun used to skate with his sister, Aya, until she died two years ago. Now that she is gone, Shun only wants to skate alone. Will Maya be able to win him over? That question goes unanswered for now, but as this is only a two-volume series, the suspense won't go on too much longer. Meanwhile, another girl shows up to compete for Shun's affections. The final plot twist, introduced close to the end of this volume, is a tried-and-true one: The owner of the rink announces that he is closing it down because it's not making enough money. But there's a big skating competition coming up, and Coach Todo and his skaters persuade the owner to make a deal--if they win the contest, the rink stays open.Read more ›
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This is a cute manga. The main character's sweet, in a hard-working way, and the leading guy manages to be both cool and beautiful, if a bit standoffish to start. Read morePublished on October 2, 2008 by Yhelia Tomasri