Mangaka: Mia Ikumi
Age Group: Teens
Series is: Completed with 1 volume
Volume(s) Reviewing: 1
My Rating: 3/5
Do you have a wish?
It is said a cellphone would appear in front of you if you have a strong desire. On the other end, a dark angel will grant your wish, any wish you like. But be warned, once the wish it made, it can not be changed.
Only One Wish is by the mangaka who created the popular series Tokyo Mew Mew/Mew Mew Power. There are four short stories in this manga, including a bonus one with Tokyo Mew Mew's characters in the end. Here's my quick review of each story:
Wish 1 is about three best friends. One of them, Ai, likes a boy in their school. When the friends hear the legend of having their wish granted if they find a secret location in their school, they decided to try it out. When the cellphone appears, Rikako wishes for Ai to be set up with her crush. However, when the boy confesses his feelings to Rikako afterwards, even when he asked Ai out, their friendship gets a bit violent.
This story is the creepiest one out of the four because of the ending. I found the jealousy between the friends over this one guy to be pretty pathetic. They even attacked each other, making me lose respect for them as characters. I mean, really? The shallowness irked me quite a bit but I liked how the ending was so twisted.
Wish 2 is about a girl named Misa who recently died. Her wish is that if she is able to kiss the boy she likes before time runs out, her death would've never happened. So she temporarily comes back to life in which she runs into a friend who is surprised by her appearance since she is supposed to be dead.
This one is cute towards the end. I loved Misa's character design when she decided to disguise herself so no one would recognize her. I think this one is my favourite story out of the four because I liked how it ended.
Wish 3 is about a girl named Kumi who is a huge fantasizer and loves to write up stories about her fantasies. She dreams of having her crush shrunk so she could take care of him. When it does come true, things does not turn out like she expected.
I was annoyed with the story in the beginning. Shrink your crush and take care of him so he can fall in love with you? Really? However, Kumi luckily matured in the end and I was glad for that.
Wish 4 is about a girl and a guy who accidentally took each other's cellphones because they looked similar. This one is somewhat cute story too and that doesn't involve any wish to be granted. I would consider this to be my second favourite.
Overall, the main theme of this novel is about trying to get one's crush (except for the last story). I found this a little insulting to females by all means. This manga is suited for a one-time read only and those who are fans of Tokyo Mew Mew can look into it to see the mangaka's other stories.
Review copy provided by Del Rey.