Sleeping Beauty, by YOSHIKAWA Arata

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  • Title: Sleeping Beauty
  • Author: YOSHIKAWA Arata
  • Publisher (JP): Shueisha
  • Imprint: Margaret
  • Year: 2003
  • ISBN (JP): 4-08-847639-5
  • Licensed in North America?: No
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  • Anime Version? No
  • Live Action? No

Hmm this series was purchased after I saw some scans of the first few pages of it on the publisher’s official site. Gotta love free manga previews! This series is part of one of my favorite sub genres of shoujo manga: magical boyfriend series! You see this so often in shounen series- average dorky guy gets magical/alien/superpowered girlfriend who loves him even though he’s a dweeb. There aren’t as many shoujo series that follow this theme, much to my extreme disappointment ^_^; So every time I find one, I am very happy. Hey, if guys can have that fantasy, so can girls, hahaha. The art in this book is cute enough, though there is something about the eyes and angular face shapes that bothers me a little bit.

Kana is a typical high school girl. One day she comes home from school, and is told by her mother that a package is waiting for her. It’s a large box, and the address label says it is from her grandfather. Apparently it is one of his inventions. Curious, Kana opens the box, and is shocked to find a cute boy inside! (hey, can someone mail one of these to me, too? ^_^) When the box opens, the boy grabs Kana and kisses her! Kana is understandably freaked out by this, and pushes him away, accusing him of being a stalker or pervert of some sort. But no, he isn’t! He says that he was born just for her, and that he has been wanting to meet her for a long time. His name is Motoi, and he is an android that Kana’s grandfather built. Kana is skeptical, but he proves it to her in such a way that there is no doubt. Motoi is very cute, hyper, friendly, and devoted to Kana. He claims he loves her and wants to always be with her! Wow. It’s a little creepy that her grandfather made an android that is in love with her, but he IS really cute… Ahem. Anyway, Motoi manages, through the usual convoluted shoujo manga methods, to move in with Kana’s family and live with her. Throw in some competition from a cute best friend guy, a hot sempai guy, and the obligatory popular idol guy, and you have a bizarre web of love. Romantic Hijinks Ensue ^_^