The Anime Cafe - Your complete source for anime reviews


[ go to homepage ]
[ what's new - editorials, calendar, to-do list, news articles, mailbag and archives ]
[ episode-by-episode anime reviews, how we review ]
[ a parent's guide to anime, title list, titles by category ]
[ the anime encyclopædia ]
[ café trivia - anime trivia ]
[ anime humour, the laws of anime, light articles, etc ]
[ serious articles, essays, anime guides, etc. ]
[ message forum for the discussion of anime, manga, reviews, etc. ]
[ faq about the café and contributors, awards given to the café, etc. ]
[ feedback forms, error reports, or e-mail the café ]
[ links to other resources on the internet ]
[ site map ]


[ café reviews ]

Milk Crown

Party no Hajimari
(The Party Begins)

Author: Mizuto Aqua
Publisher: Shogakukan (Flower Comics)
Volume Information: Vol. 1 ISBN 4-09-137596-0
Date of Publication: 2000.03.20
Length: 41 pgs / 192 pgs
Content: n/a
Format: Original Japanese
Difficulty: Easy - with yomigana


manga jacket

Tachibana Oto has decided to start working as a live-in helper for one of her school's dormitories. However, living with Z class first year students might be a little more than Oto expected. Z class is a special class in Oto's school and is a gathering of the top students from various walks of life. Rumours about Z class abound, especially how they are unusual and different individuals. And it is these students who have decided to throw a special welcoming party for the new helper. And so, Oto is in for one of the most experiential days of her life....

capsule review:

The first installment to Mizuto Aqua's new Milk Crown series, this manga shows good promise of being a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek shoujo manga. Where exactly things will go is hard to say at this early stage, but there are some indications of where the story can go to further develop the plot.

As it is a first installment, there are a number of characters who are introduced in the story, noteably Oto - the main character, Jin - student head of the dorm, Yamato - dorm resident, and Ojo - Jin's pet shark. While others are in the picture, they are very much in the background. Normally, in anime, I tend to be leery about pets and mascots since they are often used as cute fillers, or for cheap plot devices. What role Ojo will take waits to be seen although he isn't exactly what you'd call cute. Mind you, he's not entirely shark-like either. Oto's character quickly takes on an interesting personality, and while hopefully most people won't be quite as clueless as she is, at the same time, there's the bit of silliness in her which appeals to the reader's sense of whimsy. At the same time, despite her cluelessness, she has a certain underlying strength and determination which speaks of her overall personality as well. Jin's character is somewhat less developed than Oto's although reader's do have an initial impression of a strong (physically and possibly otherwise) individual. Time will tell as to how his character will develop as the series continues. Likewise, Yamato's character isn't particularly well developed in this first installment.

The plot itself is both fast paced and interesting as various events unfold. And while I must admit, that reality does take a back seat in the world of Milk Crown, the whimsical and humourous atmosphere keeps readers focussed. With room for development introduced in a number of places, it'll be interesting to see where things go next.

I have to admit that I like Mizuto Aqua's drawing style. Her work has good detail without being too cluttered, and yet aren't so blank as to feel empty. Cleanly drawn, her characters are easy to tell apart, and are at times cute, pretty, etc. While she does use super-deformed forms fairly liberally, it further accentuates the humourous / whimsical nature of the manga and is used to good effect. Even with the constant changes between normal and super-deformed forms, the general drawing style for the characters remains quite constant so there is no uncertainty as to the identity of the various character. All in all an interesting start to this series. On to the next chapter!
- JYN, 2001.11.17

café rating (original japanese):


3 stars

[3 / 5] - A strong three stars, this is primarily an "introduce the characters" chapter. The story has a light humourous feel with some interesting action and development. Some points are left open which give possible direction for future story development.


3 stars
[3 / 5] - All in all quite clean with good detail and generally consistent drawing style throughout. Fairly liberal use of super-deformed character style with lesser detail drops it from a potential four stars though.


[ N/A ] - Based on the original Japanese release.

Overall Rating:

3 star
[3 / 5] - A very strong three stars and a solid start to this manga series. With lots of fun and heart, it'll be interesting to see where this series goes.

[ << prev ] [ top ] [ next >> ]

[ home ] [ what's new ] [ café contest ] [ café reviews ] [ parent's guide ] [ encyclopædia ]
[ café trivia ] [ café latté ] [ café espresso ] [ about the café ] [ feedback ] [ links ] [ site map ]

© 1997-2001. All rights reserved. The Animé Café logo and the Crystal Kyoko award are original creations of the Animé Café. Please do not use any of the materials on this site without the expressed written permission of the Animé Café.

Page last modified 2001.11.17