Title: Plus Alpha no Tachiichi
By: GENI Yuu
Genre: Shoujo, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Supernatural
If you were to fall into a world like one of your favorite manga or anime what would your role be? The lead hero or heroine? The loyal sidekick? The cool lone-wolf? The comic relief? Satoki Houma has determined that she is nowhere near pretty enough to be the main character even if such an absurd thing were to actually happen, especially if she fell into her favorite genre; Shoujo manga. Yet she mysteriously finds herself in this exact situation; An alternate world summons a Holy Maiden to save them and she ends up being whisked away to become their savior… except she wasn’t the only one caught up in the summoning! Her classmate Haruka Tendou ends up with her. Haruka, who certainly seemed to fit the role of Shoujo manga heroine, is immediately declared Holy Maiden, while Satoki is quickly brushed off to the side… but it wasn’t Haruka who was granted the powers of the Holy Maiden as they thought.
I will always have a soft spot for shoujo manga since it was one of the first genres of manga I got into, especially those of the magical girl variety. I grew up reading series like Magic Knight Rayearth, Fushigi Yuugi, Sailor Moon, and Card Captor Sakura. Series like Puella Magi Madoka Magica pulled me back in with their dark and twisted plot lines when I began to feel like I was too old for the genre. Plus Alpha no Tachi Ichi has given me an incredible nostalgia bomb without feeling like something I’ve already read; a frequent problem I’ve run into after nearly two decades of manga reading. This is all possible due to the combination of Satoki and Haruka. Satoki is incredibly relatable; she struggles with her self-confidence, she’s shy, she often compares herself to others, she doesn’t like the stress of meeting other people’s expectations, and she feels that she doesn’t necessarily look as good in outfits as others do. On the other hand Haruka fits the stereotypical heroine roll like a glove; she has a kind-hearted nature, she has a bubbly personality, she is indecisive with those interested in an relationship around her, and doesn’t want to let anyone down. Of course, she has the looks to boot.
So why should you read this manga? The manga doesn’t have a lot of translated chapters out yet and updates are running on the slow side but honestly I have yet to be let down by the story. Having been an avid shoujo manga reader myself I found this new take on magical girls to be a fantastic change of pace! The typical high school girl in a strange new world plot line is still there but with a unique twist that will keep you guess what will happen next and begging for more. I am eagerly awaiting more chapters because this series is looking very promising.
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