Manga Review: Meteor Prince Volume 1
Meteor Prince Volume 1 focuses on Hako Natsuno, a girl dubbed the “Queen of Bad Luck” due to the strange accidents that she constantly finds herself in. It happens so much that she joins the Occult Research Club in the hopes that the club president can discover the source of her bad luck. One day, a naked alien prince falls from the sky and tells Hako that out of all the girls in the universe, he’s come to Earth to mate with her.
Meteor Prince Volume 1
Written by: Meca Tanaka
Publisher: Hakusensha, Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 6, 2015
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The driving force of Volume 1 is the confusion and hilarity that ensues as Io, the prince of Planet Yupita, keeps trying to jump into mating with Hako. She tries rebuffing him by first saying that she can’t do this without love. Io asks for the club president’s help for the data he needs to know about falling in love, which the president agrees to do as long as Io provides him with information about his race and his planet.
The humor comes in after Io reads some shojo manga that the club president’s sister owns. With that serving as his reference material, you can only imagine just how “over the top” Io gets as he tries to woo Hako. And after only a short bit of wooing, he wants to move on to mating. Io also joins Hako’s class as a foreign exchange student, and keeps finding ways to try to impress her and make her fall in love. You really can’t blame Hako for being annoyed by these actions early on in the volume.
But amongst the humor, there are also some serious moments in Meteor Prince Volume 1. As Hako starts getting to know Io through more normal interactions, she starts finding him attractive. When Io rescues Hako from being crushed at a construction site, she seems to start showing some feelings for him. But we learn later in the volume that she still has feelings for Sawada, a boy she had been going out with. He was injured when he was near Hako and blamed her bad luck for his injury.
Sawada appears in this volume and tries to apologize to Hako, but the reader already knows that Io isn’t going to stand by and let them get back together. Io shows a darker side when he threatens Sawada in order to keep him away from Hako.
During the second half of this volume, the story manages to fit in two tropes commonly seen in manga and anime: a story taking place at the beach and a story that takes place at a summer festival. Even though these kinds of stories are tropes, they were important to this series because it’s through the time Hako spends with Io at the beach and at the festival that she realizes that she’s truly fallen in love with him. Near the end of the volume, Io receives a visit from his attendant, Argo, who brings an unexpected revelation that appears to bring the blossoming romance between Io and Hako to an end.
I have to admit that when I read the back of this volume and saw what the premise was, I thought it sounded rather strange. Even in the early chapters of Meteor Prince Volume 1, I wasn’t entirely sold on the story. However, as I got to see Io and Hako have some serious interactions together, I realized that the story wasn’t as strange or as bad as I had expected it to be. In fact, I found myself starting to feel a little sorry for Hako after Argo delivers his unexpected news. While Meteor Prince may not be a stand out shojo title, it’s not that bad. This series has an angle that helps it to feel more unique instead of just being another typical shojo romance title.
I wish I could say the same thing about the art as I do about the story. Unfortunately, the art style that Tanaka uses in this series has a typical shojo look to it, with nothing to help distinguish the art that’s associated with the shojo genre. The art style isn’t bad for what it is, but there’s nothing to make it stand out, either. And for anyone who may be concerned about any nudity, since the concept of the series includes a naked boy falling from the sky, I can assure you that there is nothing shown. Any shots of Io without clothes on either show him from the waist up or are drawn in a way to make sure that nothing is visible.
If you’re a shojo manga fan who enjoys a mixture of quirky humor and serious moments in a love story, then Meteor Prince Volume 1 might be worth checking out.
The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media