Light fantasy recommendations
I just wrote a recommendation post in the ANN manga forum and I thought that I might as well get some extra mileage from it by posting it here.
Any comments, including criticism, about my recommendations are welcome.
If you have your own recommendations please post them.
The request was "I'm not looking for something with gritty realism or social commentary. I want something that would really feel magical."
Unfortunately these are all old and out of print.
Dream Saga by Megumi Tachikawa:
5 volumes from Tokyopop.
A young girl has the ability to travel between the real world and the dream world, a fairly common fantasy scenario. In the dream world she must find some magical stones that need to be gathered to save the sun of both worlds.
The stories are about the adventures she has, and the people she meets, while trying to find the stones. I do not remember anything really "heavy" or "dark" in terms of drams. Definitely nothing tragic. The stories are relatively light with a lot of humor and some romance.
I enjoyed the books a lot.
Magical x Miracle by Yuzu Mizutani:
6 volumes from Tokyopop.
The great magician of a kingdom goes missing. To avoid panic in the people, and prevent other kingdoms from knowing that they are without their wizard, the advisors decide to use a double to replace him. The only person who looks enough like the wizard is a girl named Merleawe. She agrees to do the job and is given lessons in magic, and cross dressing.
The stories are about Merleawe learning to use magic, trying to find the real magician, and trying to avoid war with a neighboring kingdom, while attempting to pass as a man.
There are some sad moments, but this is mostly light and happy.
For me this is a "feel good" manga.
Time Guardian by Daimuro Kishi and Tomao Ichinose:
2 volumes from CMX.
A high school girl named Miu accidentally finds a shop where time is a commodity that can be bought and sold. The owner hires her to work there when he discovers that she has the ability to use a watch that controls time.
These stories also have some sadness but nothing too serious. there is quite a bit of humor and some romance.
Time Stranger Kyoko by Arina Tanemura:
3 volumes from Viz.
Kyoko is a very reluctant princess who most definitely does not want to take the throne when her father retires. She has a twin sister named Ui who could do it, except that Ui has been asleep since birth.
Kyoko is given the ability to travel through time and space so that she can try to find 12 magic stones that will allow her to revive her sister.
Again, there is nothing too serious and there is a lot of humor and some romance.
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