“A Touch Of Luck” – Crescent Moon (manga) – 7/10 Pencils

“Three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” ~Buddha

Mangaka: Haruko Iida

Genre: Action/Comedy/Fantasy/Romance/Shoujo

Review Status: Compete (6 Volume/6 Volumes)

Licensed: This title was formerly licensed by Tokyopop, and currently is unlicensed.

Art: Pretty typical for a shoujo- great detail on the people and clothing, virtually non-existant backgrounds. Thankfully, places that need detail get some and can look pretty nice. It’s nothing special, though.

Summary: Mahiru Shiraishi has an uncanny ability to bring good luck to everyone she touches – except herself. She’s constantly haunted by a recurring nightmare that ushers her to a dreamworld. There, she encounters a tribe of demons – a werewolf, vampire, fox, and a tengu – called the Lunar Race. Destiny calls when they need her help to recover their source of power, the stolen “Teardrops of the Moon.” In this fantasy adventure, Mahiru must battle the rage between the human race and the Lunar Race, whose powers are awakened by the dark side of the moon… (back cover of first volume)

Review: The summary is a very accurate telling of the plot. Mahiru happens to be a descendant of a princess, that seemed to have betrayed the Lunar Race and helped them to their doom, but now they need her powers to try and find a way to save themselves. This has some of the typical shoujo trappings you’d expect from it, like bishies (oh, the bishies!), and a romance sub-plot between the main girl and the guy. The plot? Fairly standard for a mahou shoujo.

At the same time, this builds the story well, making the characters likeable and fun to read about. The plot was kept at a quick pace, going from adventure to adventure, but still leaving a bit of room for character growth. The problem, as per usual with such a large cast in such a short amount of space, is that these characters definitely have unique personalities and quirks (even within shoujo manga, they stand out more than usual!), but aren’t really as developed as I want them to be. They have a lot of interesting background, and you get bits and pieces of what made them who they are. Mahiru is an incredibly likeable, average girl with a quirk. There are little idiosycraties in her personality that make her more of a realistic character than most in shoujo, which I appreciated. Unfortunately, it’s her love interest who falls flat, the stereotypical angry guy that a decent amount of shoujo heroines fall for. His reasons for being angry, while understandable, are standard for the genre and left me less than impressed. Their ‘enemy’, the prince, who is only in the story for about two volumes, manages to be an understandable character in why he persecutes and believes what he does about humans and more believable in his role because of his age and the pressures he is under.

I can only speak highly if the rest of the cast, who are fascinating, funny, and intriguing all in turn. And yes, I do happen to ship the main with them because they’re far more likeable and interesting than the one she does end up with. There’s an issue when the supporting cast is more interesting that the leads!

 Even more fascinating than the characters is the world that they are born into. It’s clear that the mangaka put some thought into the heirarchy and social system of it, and that made the glimpses into its workings tatalizing! I can’t take off points for that, though- most of what was shown was perfectly suitable for the story that it was telling. But it’s the little details that made this manga a lovely gem.

Overall, while the plot and tropes may have been standard, I was still highly impresssed with the details of the world and quirks of the characters, which made this a fun manga to read on a dreary day.;

Recommended: 9+. This does have a dramatic ‘death’ scene, but he’s brought back to life. There is some blood and injury, but nothing that they don’t heal from by the next day. A character dies off-page.

Other titles you might enjoy:

Vampire Game (manga)

Fruits Basket (manga)

Black Bird (manga)

Card Captor Sakura (anime)


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