Penguin Prince

How can I not talk about Penguin Prince when I already talked about Purikyuu on my blog before, right?

Just like Purikyuu, Penguin Prince is another old manga that I enjoy reading. And I still find the manga entertaining to read to this day.

I have yet to read the new manga by Motomi Kyousuke. But when I do, you can expect me to recommend the manga on my blog.

That just shows how much I love Motomi Kyousuke’s manga.

Her manga tends to be the one that I always buy in a heartbeat because it’s just so good.

What Penguin Prince is all about

Here’s the book description that I got from Baka-Updates.

Ranko has an intimidating personality which scares her classmates, thus earning her the nickname of ‘witch.’ Her classmate Murakami, in the meantime is labeled as a ‘prince’ by the girls. So Ranko was surprised to discover Murakami’s embarrassing secret: he keeps a small penguin toy that he brings around everywhere and he panics if anything ever happens to it! Through their shared secret of this, they both begin to see what lies behind the ‘witch’ and the ‘prince.’

Just to let you know that I have to make changes to the book description that I got from Baka-Updates. For some reason, the name of the main female character on Baka-Updates is Ranka. The correct name is Ranko, in case you’re wondering.

What got me to read this manga

Have you ever experience where you want to read other manga by the same mangaka only because you enjoy the last one?

Well, that was what I experienced back then. I decided to jump on Penguin Prince only because I enjoy reading Purikyuu so much.

I’m not the kind of person who loves reading shoujo manga. So, I’m surprised that I’m totally digging the shoujo manga like Purikyuu and Penguin Prince.

What makes Penguin Prince worth reading

Okay, I’m going right off the bat here saying that Penguin Prince isn’t that much different from any other shoujo manga out there.

What do I mean by that?

For one, you will still see Ranko and Murakami end up together. I won’t tell you when and how they end up together because I’m sure that you don’t want any spoilers.

But suffice to say that the end goal for the story will always be about the main female and the main male character being together at the end of the story.

That seems to be the formula for most shoujo manga. It’s because of this reason I say that Penguin Prince isn’t that much different from any of the shoujo manga you come across.

If Penguin Prince isn’t that much different from your typical shoujo manga, then what makes the manga worth reading in the first place?

For me, I will have to say that I find the story to be entertaining. Since the theme of the story is about don’t judge a book by its cover, the story somehow reminded us that someone who we deem perfect may not be as perfect as it seems. The person that we deem perfect may have a secret that he or she doesn’t anyone to know.

In this case, it’s Murakami. He may seem like he got his things together. But all hell breaks loose when he lost Kojiro. He’s hopeless without it.

I do find the iteration of the story based on the theme itself is enjoyable. So, we’ll get to see Ranko’s perception toward Murakami changed after she discovered his most embarrassing, big secret.

Another reason why I find the manga entertaining to read is the localization of the manga itself. For some reason, I find that the manga a lot more hilarious thanks to the localization.

When I say localization, I mean the usage of the language that flows and sounds exactly like how the native would speak.

Just to let you know that I read the manga in Malay. So, you may have a different take on how entertaining the manga is if you’re reading the manga in Japanese or in any other language for that matter.

What I didn’t expect when I read this manga

Okay, I didn’t know that the manga also has other stories in it. When I say other stories, I mean a different story with a different character that isn’t related to the story in Penguin Prince.

You can think of the manga as an anthology where it’s a combination of many different stories in one book.

Well, the back cover of the manga did mention that there will be other stories besides Penguin Prince. It’s just that I assume that the manga will be just like Purikyuu where the story takes up one whole volume.

If you’re curious how the other stories would fare, I will say that the other stories are just as amazing as Penguin Prince.

And like Penguin Prince, the other stories are also based on the don’t-judge-the-book-by-its-cover theme too.

So, which story I like the most? To be honest, it’s hard for me to say which one I like the most since I like all of them!

Who should read this manga

If you enjoy manga by Motomi Kyousuke, then it’s obvious that you should give this manga a try.

But if you’re looking for a shoujo manga with a relatable character and a sweet ending, then I’m sure that you’ll enjoy reading Penguin Prince.

Where to buy Penguin Prince manga

It’s too bad that the print version of the manga in Japanese and also in Malay is no longer available for sale.

But if you have an account on Amazon Japan, you can get the Kindle version of the manga right here:

Buy Penguin Prince manga in Japanese

Over to you

What do you think about Penguin Prince? Are you interested in giving this manga a try? Feel free to let me know in the comment below your thought about this manga.

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