Guardian Hearts: Volume 1
TOKYOPOP, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
arem manga tend to be humorous, but
takes the comedy cake. Sae Amatsu has penned a harem manga that pulls out all the stops and does not leave a singe
azuya lives alone with his mother – or at least they are alone until his mother starts taking in stray girls. First is Hina, a space alien superhero who accidentally reveals her true identity to Kazuya. She has been sent to earth to redeem herself on her path to joining the
. Unknowingly, all of the girls she is fighting soon live under the same roof. Only Kazuya know everyone's identity. Kurusu is the uniform-stealing alien; Maya, the ninja alien; Chelsea, the princess alien; Koto, the Miko alien; and Daisy, the cat-girl alien (actually, Chelsea's mascot). Living in the same house as all these beautiful, but crazy, aliens is starting to mess with Kazuya's life.
he first six chapters of Volume 1 are spent introducing the main characters, so that by the time the last chapter rolls around, a story involving all of them can finally start. However, as in most harem manga, there is no real plot line, just a lot of comedic situation involving the hero and one or more of the girls. What makes
so much fun is that each girl is a parody of a magical girl type, so even girls can find something to like in a manga that is mostly geared toward boys. Amatsu's artwork is nothing special, but it is the comedy, anyway, that keeps readers enjoying the story.
by Sae Amatsu makes for a fun read. If female readers can overlook the mild fan service, the humor in this manga will easily appeal to both genders.
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