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Mamotte Lollipop Vol. 1
Author/Artist Michiyo Kikuta
Nina is a spunky young girl on the lookout for love, and all she needs is to find herself the right boy - unfortunately, two wrong ones find her, and Nina gets more than she bargained for when a pair of trainee wizards show up, bringing chaos and danger with them...
The artwork alone tells you that this is going to be a light-hearted romp. Michiyo Kikuta's characters are wide-eyed and adorable, and no matter how cunning and dangerous they are, the villains are no exception.
Once Zero and Ichi arrive chasing after a magic pearl that will allow them to pass their exams, they're followed by a host of other magicians all after the same prize. Unfortunately for Nina, she's eaten the pearl and is now unwittingly allowed herself to become the "prize". Cue several wizardly smack-downs between a range of characters, from an age-changing witch to a feminine, top-hat wearing rascal, along with their respective partners, all of whom want Nina - and not necessarily alive!
As madcap comedies go, Mamotte Lollipop is actually pretty good. Despite the fact that this title clearly isn't aimed at 28 year old men, it was still a guilty pleasure and I can see no reason why younger readers of either gender wouldn't find this appealing.
If you're looking for a manga with a light touch and plenty of slapstick humour, you could do far, far worse.
Daft, fun and cute in all the right places. Younger readers will love it ^^