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Die rothaarige Schneeprinzessin, Band 01 by Sorata Akizuki
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Apr 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: manga, read-in-2011
Recommended to Estara by: this is AKAGAMI NO SHIRAYUKIHIME - it hasn't been licensed in the US yet, but I loved the scanlation
Read on April 10, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 1

This is relationship fantasy/fantasy of manners. Basically a really nice shoujo romance fantasy. I love Akizuki's art style, she does lots of background and lots of intricate details that she manages to keep consistent. All her main characters look distinct, you can recognize them even in silhouette. And the character dialogues can be - at best - in a give and take like the old screwball comedies.

If she wants to do menacing, there is no need to have dark clouds or huge goons loom about, she does it by showing the effects that the presence of a certain characters has on other supporting characters and in the dialogue between that one (he shows up in volume 2) and Prince Zen.

Shirayuki has taken Prince Zen as part role-model, part friend and now she's slowly but surely falling in love while doing her best to work to be useful at his side - like his two bodyguards/knights. Prince Zen has always cared for the lands given to him and tries to do his best for them, and Shirayuki connects him to the average citizen while injecting a needed breath of fresh air at the palace.

This series actually develops slowly forward, so if you are wary of those shoujo romances that endlessly repeat the same triangles and situations, etc. - no worries here.

I mean - it's not as tightly scripted as Keys to the Kingdom, or as epic as Basara or From Far Away - but it's an intelligent entry into romance shoujo fantasy (From Far Away probably would come closest in comparison).

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