Ojousama no Inu, by JINNA Mai

Ojousama no Inu, by JINNA Mai Title:Ojousama no Inu
Author:JINNA Mai
ISBN# 4-09-137679-7
Ciao Comics, 2004

Ahhh, another manga with an irresistable cover! What can I say, I like the idea of sitting there with two pet boys feeding me candy ^_- Yes, I bought this for the cover, but I also bought it for the author, Mai JINNA. Her artwork is always so darn cute! Her lines are clean and style simple, but it’s just so appealing! This book, like most of her stuff, is a collection of short stories. The first one goes with the cover artwork, but I think I actually ended up enjoying one of the other stores better. This book is published under Shogakukan’s CIAO line, which means that there is some cute fluffy romance, but nothing smutty to worry about. (darn 😛 ) This series is not to be confused by another manga with the same name by TAKEUCHI Mick.

The first story follows the adventures of a young guy, Shingo KANOU, who gets a job as a servant to a spoiled young rich girl named Seren. Seren is very cute and feminine, and Shingo is instantly attached to her and thrilled to have this new job. However looks can be deceiving. Seren may appear angelic, but she is a sneaky little devil, and soon Shingo finds himself the victim of her schemes and practical jokes. Will he ever manage to earn her affection? There is another short story at the end of the volume that brings back these characters.

Another story is your basic love triangle. Yumi and Chiya are best friends. They both know a boy named Natsuki. Chiya is hopelessly in love with Natsuki, but he doesn’t seem to realize it, and Chiya is too timid to do anything about it. Meanwhile, Yumi finds she also likes Natsuki as well, but she doesn’t want to do anything that would hurt Chiya’s feelings. Any time Yumi even gets near Natsuki, Chiya reacts badly. How can Yumi manage to express her feelings to Natsuki an also keep Chiya’s friendship?

My favorite story in this book is about a cute, but shy girl named Ishida. She is in the drama club, but she only works on the sets and costumes. She has a crush on Narita-kun, who is the handsome lead actor. The club is about to start a production of Cinderella, and Ishida has made the most beautiful dress for the ball scene. While backstage one day, Ishida gives in to temptation and decides to take off her glasses and try on the Cinderella wig just to see how she would look as the princess. This begins a series of misunderstandings as some boys in the club walk in on her while she is wearing the wig, and don’t recognize her as Ishida. She is so very cute in the wig that when Narita sees her, he immediately asks if she will play the lead role in the play! Just like Cinderella, Ishida is transformed into a princess. But what will happen if everyone finds out the truth?