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Manga Review: ‘The Earl & the Fairy’ Volume One by Ayuko

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The Earl & the Fairy Volume One is a manga Ayuko, and it’s based on a novel series by Mizue Tani. This manga was released in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2012. The Earl & the Fairy is rated “T” for teens; after reading this volume, I would agree with this rating.

The series is set in Europe during the 19th century. The main character of the series is Lydia Carlton, and she’s a Fairy Doctor who resides near Edinburgh, Scotland. Unfortunately, since most people don’t believe in fairies and other magical creatures; they believe that Lydia is crazy.

One day, Lydia receives a postcard from her father, a professor of Natural History who teaches at the University of London; he has invited her to come to London for a visit. As she heads out on her journey, she is kidnapped by a man and his brothers, who are members of a band of criminals.

While in captivity, she is rescued by a young man who claims to have also been captured by the band. He helps her escape to another boat, and claims to an Earl named Edgar Ashenbert, descended from the Blue Knight. Edgar tells Lydia he needs her help to find a treasure sword and Star Sapphire that prove his lineage.

Throughout the volume, there’s definitely romantic tension that develops between Lydia and Edgar. However, Lydia comes to learn that things with Edgar aren’t what they seem and that she will have to make a choice to determine how she proceeds for her future.

I have to say that for a shojo manga, The Earl & the Fairy has an interesting story to it. Throughout Volume One, I was left guessing where the truth began and where it ended. There ended up being some twists and turns I didn’t expect, which kept me guessing as to how the story would proceed. I would like to be able to continue reading this manga series to see how the story progresses.

While I found the story to be rather interesting, the art was more on the mediocre side. Ayuko’s art style and drawings aren’t necessarily bad, but there’s not much there to truly make the art stand out from other shojo manga series.

I think The Earl & Fairy will appeal to readers who enjoy shojo manga that’s also a period piece.

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Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.