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Pixie Pop Vol. #01 Manga Review

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Mayu is down-in-the-dumps and unlucky in love...until she meets Pucho, the magical fairy of beverages!

Magical fairy of beverages!

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist: Ema Toyama
Translated by: Aska Yoshizu

What They Say
Mayu, the daughter of a cafe owner, is down-in-the-dumps and unlucky in love…until she meets Pucho, the magical fairy of beverages. Now, whenever Mayu drinks something, she transforms! But there’s a catch-milk makes her grow, water turns her invisible, and pork soup turns her into a cute little piglet. But will that help her win the man of her dreams?

The Review
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Middle-schooler Mayu is despondent over being turned down by Amamiya kun for whom she has harbored a crush since first grade. (“who are you?” Oh, so cold!) She’s drowning her sorrows in “pop” when a tear drops into the glass she has just picked up. It’s a pretty drink, a seven-color drink, and Mayu wonders whether it’s one of her mother’s new creations. Down the hatch and out pops an outraged Pucho sama, the cafe’s resident drink fairy. Mayu has drunk Pucho’s seven color magic drink, the drink that was to turn Pucho into an adult.

Now that Mayu has powers of the seven color drink, she is at the mercy of anything she imbibes, and this often places her in uncontrollable situations, often involving Amamiya kun. The imperious Pucho sama, whose help is sometimes a hindrance, sometimes naughty and wicked, agrees to help Mayu in pursuit of Amiya kun when they both realize that there is a way to recreate Pucho’s seven-color drink to gain Pucho’s adulthood. Mayu’s affection for Amamiya kun is the key.

The vitality evidenced on the cover is extended to the pages inside. The character designs are cute, but not so distinctive that one could pick this mangaka’s work out of a line up. However, Ema Toyama’s strength is her focused story combined with a lively layout and energetic visuals. She puts a lot on the page and it packs a punch.

In Summary:
My eleven-year-old self really enjoyed this. The mangaka is very clever and funny in her introduction of drinks and their effect on Mayu. This may be a single joke story, but it is well focused and well-paced for a three-volume series. Toyama knows where she wants to take this and she gets it there.

Tokyopop has rated this as 13+. There may be a reason for this in later volumes, but I found that this can read younger. While older readers will not be bored, I didn’t see anything that would be problematic for an eleven or twelve-year-old. It is a shame that Tokyopop couldn’t extend themselves to provide a better quality volume for this group of younger readers, especially with their push into school libraries (for which this would be a good title). Young people like things that look nice, too.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: C
Text/Translation Grade: B

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: TOKYOPOP
Release Date: February 28th, 2007
MSRP: $9.99