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The politics game is in full swing and a new Prime minister is about to be announced. Yeah, yeah, most of us are as bored about hearing about it all, and Minori is no different. Ignoring the news item about the current upcoming political announcement, she heads out the door. It's too nice a day out to spend it cooped up at school, so she decides to play hooky and heads for a games arcade. There she whiles away her time beating the high scores when she notices a flurry of activity around one game in particular. Some guy is over there beating all challengers, and this looks like just the way to spice up her day. Announcing she is going to take him on, the guys are in disbelief that this waif of a high school girl seems to think she can take on an obvious games master. She trounces him royally, and that is when she gets a bit more excitement than she bargained for, as the admittedly cute guy suddenly looms over her, unexpectedly caresses her hair, and announces she will be his bride.
Certain she has attracted the attention of a wacko, she of course goes to make a quick exit, but he is having none of it. Interceding for her when she then runs into some thugs outside, he himself is then accosted by a man in a suit who chides him, but not before the young man presses a card in her hand. Whatever! She is just glad he is gone. That is, until he shows up at her school, takes her away in a limo, and the whole world learns that THIS guy has chosen her for his future First Lady. It seems that this fellow is none other than 25 year old Kanata Okazaki, youngest member of the Diet and Japan's newest, and youngest ever, Prime Minister. Just what makes him so crazy about her, and why is his aide glaring at her like that?
Eiki Eiki takes a break from her more usual short story one shots and brings us the first volume of a series that is pure light hearted romance. It is admittedly a bit of crack, with decidedly eccentric characters and oddball situations popping up left right and centre, but it is a decidedly fun ride at the manga theme park. Minori serves as the perfect foil for all the zaniness as she seems to be nearly the only character with even a modicum of normality, a fact she discovers to her own surprise when even her parents become overjoyed at her engagement, despite her own weirded out protestations. Fans already familiar with Eiki Eiki's previous works will no doubt be surprised at this foray into the shojou mainstream as she previously worked fairly exclusively within the Boy's Love sector, but never fear, the yaoi is indeed given a nod to here and there. Indeed, it is a key subplot, but given the main premise, I don't think it is going to work out quite how one young man and some of Eiki Eiki's fans might like it to, though I would not be surprised if a happy ending of a sort is given due to the fluffy feel goodness of the piece. That issue however is one of the plot threads left open for future volumes, so we will just have to read on and see.
~~~Amusing related trivia- Eiki Eiki is the grandchild of former Prime minister of Japan Noboru Takeshita~~~~
I would like thank Digital Manga Publishing for providing me with a review copy, and to point out that interested persons can read a sample of this title for free over at their site, Emanga.com, before committing to a purchase.