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Kurumi is your ordinary teenage girl who brushes against a boy who suddenly declares that she is his Santa Claus and he her reindeer! Can you imagine her reaction? What follows is a cute hilarity as she learns to accept her new duty and bond. She is literary bonded to the reindeer, Kaito. By an invisible rein only Santas and reindeer can see.
I love Kaito! He has so much energy and is adorable with Kurumi. He is so patient with her. Lucky for him, Kurumi is a sweet girl. There is a slight possibility of future romance in the air but everything in this volumes is just innocent sweetness.
This would have been perfect as even a one-short but this is just volume 1 of a series. I am curious to see where it goes. The is great from pre-teen through adults! The art is lovely, adorable and impossible to resist!
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
This series is about a Santa Claus and her Reindeer. You see, a reindeer, able to go back and forth between human and animal, is destined to work every Christmas with their very own Santa Claus, if they ever find them. And they know because, as soon as they touch, a ribbon forms between the two, attaching them to each other. No one else can see it, and it doesn’t get in the way, but it’s there, can be pulled on, and their bond lets the reindeer always know when Santa needs them.
Kurumi bumps into a boy one day, Kaito, and from there, Kaito follows her around, insisting she’s his Santa Claus. She’s reluctant, but she goes along with it. Most reindeer only meet up during Christmas, don’t see each other during the rest of the year, but Kaito stays around, and he insists that he loves Kurumi, who he calls Master.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started this, as I’d really only browsed the synopsis. But it was really cute, very sweet. Only the first chapter is on Christmas, the other two are during the summer, which I suppose means that it is not strictly a Christmas story, but has a very apparent Christmas undertone. I like Kurumi, she seems like a nice girl, a little lonely because her father, her only real relative, is always away working. I love Kaito. He’s such a sweetheart, and his devotion, adoration, and general happiness for Kurumi is so sweet. Kaito has a rather big family, most of which are also reindeers, and I really like them, too. It seems like it’ll be good for Kurumi, to be around such a close, happy family, and I’m hoping to get to know each member better in future volumes.
This was a very sweet beginning to the series. The romance is apparent, although Kurumi is reluctant, and they’re going to have to work through some problems. I’m looking forward to that developing, though. I’m also looking forward to more family time, with both Kurumi’s and Kaito’s family.
There was also a short story at the end, featuring a vampire and a little girl. It was cute, very sweet, although left me a little confused as to what the two’s relationship would be like later in their life.
Also, it seems like there’s going to be a rather long wait before the next volume comes out? Like, not until April? That’s weird, right? That seems like a really long time, when it’s already complete in Japan. Maybe there’s more to it than I know of, though?
A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, and Erik Jansen from MediaLab PR. Thank you so, so much!
It's Christmas eve and Kurumi is forced to once again spend it alone as her father calls to let her know he has to work late again. While out walking, she bumps into a boy and finds herself tied to him by a rein. He exuberantly proclaims that she is his master and the new Santa - and he is the reindeer who will help her deliver presents. Kurumi is skeptical at first but when Kaito turns into a reindeer in front of her, she has to accept that she is bound to the boy. As they get to know each other more, Kurumi starts to fall for her happy go lucky reindeer. But at the same time, she worries Kaito is only bound to her by their destiny and not because he returns her feelings.
In addition to three stories, volume 1 includes a side story of a vampire who finds himself saddled with a little girl claiming to be his daughter. Although he knows this to be impossible, he finds himself intrigued by the little girl. But keeping her at his side puts her in danger from those who want to use his vampire abilities for their own goals.
In all, this is a very lighthearted volume more concerned with pathos than angst. Kaito's lighthearted lack of concern is balanced by Kurumi's down to Earth fatality. Together, they ground each other and bring out the best points in both. Those expecting a lot of romance or romantic drama may not enjoy this title as much - fans of Tsukuba's works know they don't really focus on romance and instead are much more about life and how we choose to live it.
Sweet Rein didn't grab me as much as Penguin Revolution or especially Land of the Blindfolded. Most of the characters were a bit flighty and hard to pin down - I think this needed just a bit more depth to really pull a reader into the created world. As well, the premise of Santa Claus did wear thin - how much can you drag out of a custom made for one day out of the year only. But Tsukuba's illustrations, especially of her repeated use of a ribbon motif, will please fans for their solid linework.
Received as an ARC from the publisher.
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