Title: Joousama no Tamago
Author: KOMURA Ayumi
Margaret Comics, 2006
I picked this manga up after reading a short description of it. I could not resist this because the premise sounded so incredibly ridiculous! Upon reading it, I enjoyed it not just for the silly plot, but also because the art is cute, and the hero has this great Harry or James Potter sort of cute look to him somehow. The cover certainly makes a statement and gives a not-too subtle hint about what the book is about. The title text covers it, but if you look closely, you will realize that our smiling heroine there is wearing a collar. There are chains around her, and she is holding a very large red candle dripping wax. Oh boy, I can tell already that the hero is in for a crazy time. This is a fun one-shot volume with one main story that takes up about 2/3 of the book, and an equally cute short story in the back that takes up the last 1/3.
The main story, Joousama no Tamago, begins in a far away land. Well actually, I am not exactly how far away this land is, but it is certainly NOT Japan. This is a strange land, with a very unique society. Our heroine, Mia, is a princess of this land. Mia is a cute, energetic girl, with a very demanding, dominant, personality. This comes in handy because in her land, everyone is divided into two types- S and M. The royalty of the land – the Queen and her daughter Mia – are S. They are dominant, and rule with a tight fist. In fact, Mia’s mom is known for her beautiful black leather bondage dress! Mia hopes to one day be as awesome as her mother, and to wear the legendary bondage dress herself. Meanwhile, all the subjects in this country are ‘M’. They love to be dominated by Mia and their Queen! They blush and scuttle around and live to serve their ‘S’ masters. Such a convenient arrangement!
One day, Mia is informed that now she is 16, it is time for her to study abroad. It is a sort of tradition for their royalty to study abroad when they reach that age. Mia, who has never been outside of her country before, is very excited about this turn of events! However, her father then tells her something shocking — people in other countries don’t live like people in their country do. In fact, in the country Mia will be staying in, the S and M people are mixed! Shocking! Mia can’t get her mind around this idea! Everything she learns about this foreign land horrifies her, and it is with a great reluctance that she makes her way to this… this.. Japan, with only her faithful servant (and devoted ‘M’) Miro-kun to stay by her side.
Thus, the ‘S’ Princess arrives at a typical Japanese high school, only to find out that what she was told was correct — the people are very strange, and not at all like the loving, submissive ‘M’ citizens of her land! Mia, with her bossy, cruel personality, makes quite an impact on her new class. They don’t know why she is so weird, and she can’t understand them at all. She does her best to try an identify who is an ‘S’ and who is an ‘M’, but things just aren’t as clear-cut as in her land. Sure, Mia can easily identify the mean girls who try to bully her as ‘S’ type, but some of her other classmates aren’t quite as easy to pin down.
In particular, Mia is fascinated and infuriated by a guy named Kana. He bravely rescued her from some of the bitchy class bully girls (Mia, needing to be rescued? Impossible!) yet he does not drool all over her. What type is he? Why is she always thinking about him? Kana doesn’t know what to make of this strange girl named Mia. She has such bizarre notions and is just so… weird. She isn’t at all like his good friend Manaka-chan. Manaka has the look of a sweet and timid girl, but she has a few surprises up her sleeve. Seeing Kana blush around Manaka makes Mia feel very angry! Meanwhile, poor Miro-kun does his best to support and serve his princess, and can only admire her more as he watches her try to overcome many obstacles in this bewildering foreign land. Such a cute S&M story!
It really amazes me, after reading so much manga over the years, how there are so many common plot devices, yet there are always new ways to apply them and crazy scenarios to set them in. Really, how many books aimed at a similar age group as this manga, would be released in the US with such a blatant and cheerful S&M theme and not stir up some kind of fuss and protest? Amazing ^_^