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Thursday, 12 August 2010

Manga Review: Lollipop Unlimited


Title: Lollipop Unlimited
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Shonen, Comedy
Art: B
Originality: B
Story: C
Characters: C
Humor: C
Action: C

Impression: This story is set in a world where being a maid has become a celebrated sport earning tons of money simply by doing a job that would otherwise pay them much, much, much, much more modestly. It revolves around this twin-tailed girl who, in spite of already being a top class maid herself, aims to be as just as perfect as her borderline-mythical idol. She even goes as far as to search for the very same uniform that her idol wore only to one day discover that her goal was much nearer than she expected it to be. All this would lead one to think this as a potentially ROFLMAO-level over the top comedy manga on the same level as the Legend of Koizumi or Seto no Hanayome with its setup that panders to those on the moe otaku side of the spectrum of manga fans. Well, anyone who would believe it to be such a manga must not have read it yet or is so obsessed with maids that they’d have to be hopelessly drawn in by that appeal. It is actually a series that tries to be hilariously silly with its premise and still play its shonen plot completely straight making it difficult to enjoy without wanting to slap something at some point. The fact that both factors get in each other’s ways and that neither were actually all that great to begin with marks this done as a case of subpar execution on the author’s part as I really think something like this could have been done so much better. In fact, if this series were a bit better my only gripe would be that there is a distinct lack of yuri in a series that tries to appeal to the male audience.

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