Yoi is a first-year high school student who has handsome features and a deep voice, so she has been nicknamed "The Prince" and treated like a school Prince by her peers - she is praised often for her looks and treated very delicately. Often, her fellows forget that she is a girl. Then, she meets Kohaku Ichimura, another Prince who is fascinated and enthralled by Yoi. Kohaku is the first boy to show any romantic interest in Yoi, and she is really not sure how to handle it! Is he kidding? Is he making fun? Is he actually interested?
Yoi’s struggle in this manga is a bit unique for shōjo manga, but is something that may resonate with readers. It feels very real and sincere, and the societal pressure to conform to what is expected is visceral. Many teens who are experiencing this similar struggle, the struggle that it may be better to go with expectations than to fight them, will see themselves in Yoi's plight. Other readers who don't have this current battle happening in their lives may see some of their behaviors are perpetuating someone to be a Yoi in their lives. This manga could start some interesting conversation or introspection amongst readers while also providing some complex characters and engaging storylines for further enjoyment.
Since the topics surrounding our characters are mainly high school pressures and relationship issues, this would be best suited for teen readers.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Publication Date: November 29, 2022
ISBN: 9781646514946 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Romance, School Life, Kodansha
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