Akagami no Shirayukihime

Plot: When Shirayuki's rare apple-red hair color earns the unwanted attention of the prince of her home country, she leaves and meets Zen -- who turns out to be the second prince of the neighboring country of Clarines. Her goal now is to become a pharmacist of Clarines and stay close to Zen. (B)

Characters: This is where the fun is. (A)

Artwork: A-

Objectionable Content: Mild. Some language, blood

Other: The translated title of this manga is "Red-Haired Princess Snow White", and while the beginning draws from some well-known fairy tales, that's as far as the comparison goes. The rest becomes somewhat like "The Story of Saiunkoku," as we follow the heroine in her quest to reach her dream and stay at the side of the prince.

What's especially refreshing about this manga is the strength of its heroine -- Shirayuki is NO idiot, and she doesn't always need the knight in shining armor to come and save her (though Zen often does that anyway). While the overall story is nothing groundbreaking, it's definitely worth the read. ^^b

Overall Score: A-

Recommendation: 4/5

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