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Meteor Prince Volume 1 Review: Not So Stellar
Ever since my review of Phantom Thief Jeanne, I’ve made it a point to not touch shojo manga at all, not even with a ten foot pole. That said, I recently decided that maybe it would be a good idea to give this particular genre another chance. After all, Sailor Moon is technically considered to be shojo, and that series isn’t too bad all things considered. Yet as I reached the end Meteor Prince Volume 1, I realized that I’ll probably have to keep searching.
Meteor Prince is about a girl named Hako Natsuno. Hako is notorious for her bad luck. From falling objects to torrential downpours occurring just as she walks outside, bad things tend to happen around Hako. Hako joins the occult research club at her school to try and figure out why she has such bad luck, but this results in a mysterious alien falling out of the sky. This alien happens to look like a young teenage boy for some reason, and his name is Io. Io tells Hako that he has come to Earth to procreate with her because his heart crystal thing matched her resonance. Now if this sounds like the start of some disturbing hentai, don’t worry, Hako has a completely normal reaction and says no. Of course this comes with the caveat that she can only do such a thing with someone she is truly in love with. So the rest of the volume consists of Io trying to fit it and get Hako to fall in love with him, only for a real relationship to gradually begin between the two characters.
When I saw the description for this story, I didn’t have particularly positive expectations for it. Yet after reading it, I found out that the story is nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. Of course, there were many a cliché moment throughout the story that were all groan worthy, but that certainly does not mean the story was terrible. Volume 1 consists mostly of Hako, Io, and their mutual friends from the Occult Research Club being in a variety of situations in which the two main characters can grow closer to one another. From school, to the beach, to the obligatory visit to the summer festival with fireworks. Meteor Prince tends to overuse Hako’s bad luck, with Io having to save her or block falling debris. It was effective the first couple of times, but then just got ridiculously old really fast.
The art style for Meteor Prince is one you’d expect to see in a shojo manga. It is hard to explain in words, but there is a visual style that seems to always be present in this type of manga. The famale lead, Hako in this case, is almost always blushing. The male romantic interest, Io, often switches between unrealistically handsome and traits of divinity during any intimate scene. At times it can be difficult to follow what is going on during a few panels, and text can be difficult to follow when it isn’t always clear about the order in which things are being said or thought.
Overall, I’d say that Meteor Prince Volume 1 isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either. It is mostly average and run of the mill with a slightly unique concept applied to it once in awhile. It plays it safe but avoids any territory that would turn it into a tasteless hentai. The pacing can be a little slow, and it isn’t very good at holding the reader’s attention. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Meteor Prince, but if you are new to shojo manga then this may be as good a place to start as any.