Pixie Pop Vol. 1 (Mania.com)

By:Janet Houck
Review Date: Friday, May 25, 2007

Magical girl stories are a dime a dozen in manga, and it takes a great deal of creativity for a title to stand out. Pixie Pop stays close to the formula in both plot and artwork, but has a slight twist in the transformation methodology.
 
Mayu’s family owns Clover Café, and is your average family besides that fact. It’s the first day of school, and Mayu is starting middle school. At her graduation ceremony, she told her crush, Amamiya, that she liked him, only to be rejected. Mayu resolves to forget about him...until he ends up sitting beside her at school. Dejected at her bad luck in love, as now she has no chance to forget about him and move on, Mayu pours herself a soda in the café, which tastes really, really strange. Then a tiny fairy pops out and accuses Mayu of ruining her life, as she just drank the fairy’s seven-color drink, which allows drink fairies to grow up into adults and gives them magical powers. Now that Mayu’s had the magical potion, any liquid that she drinks has some magical effect, such as milk making her grow into a giant, and only the café’s drink fairy, Pucho can undo the spells.
 
Pucho is upset with Mayu (to the point of committing suicide in a river, as it is the fate of drink fairies to return to water if they cannot mature) until a portion of the seven-color drink appears above Mayu’s head as a halo when she has a touching moment with Amamiya. The pair then realize that the potion can be recreated through Mayu’s love for Amamiya, and Pucho becomes focused on setting up the two middle school students, and thus obtain her seven-colored drink.
 
As you can guess, the story is quite simple and quest-based, with Miyu’s rather confusing and growing relationship with Amamiya at the forefront. The artwork reminds me of Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy or Bottle Fairy, or even Fruits Basket, with huge, wide eyes and uber cute pig-tail hair. Miyu looks closer to an elementary kid than one in middle school, and every panel possible is milked for ultimate cuteness. The panels themselves get a little messy and confusing at times, but I’ve seen a lot worse.
 
Pixie Pop delivers exactly what it promises: a cute story about cute characters. I liked the use of drinks as a method for transforming Mayu, as the effects even made logical sense. If you’re looking for something engaging or different, look elsewhere, but Pixie Pop is a fun manga to read when you’re in a bubblegum romance mood.


Mania Grade: B+
Story and Art by: Ema Toyama
Publisher: TOKYOPOP
Rating: T (13+)