"Cinderella no Eve"
by Mena NAKAI
Margaret Comics, 2000
Yeah, I am a sucker for manga series that have 'Cinderella' in the title. I seem to have a lot of them like this! I am really
sorry I keep summarizing manga series that have similar plots and characters. I really can't help it, I think I have a radar that points out all
these seres to me at the store, and makes me buy them :) I really liked the story in this manga, even though, once again, it is not that
different from other books I have talked about on this page. The art style in this is a bit sketchy and wispy, and there are not that many manga zip-tone effects used for shading.
I liked the overall style though. As for the story... well, yeah. It has an idol star in it ^_^; This is a one-shot complete story that takes up the entire volume.
'Cinderella Eve' is about a girl named Wakako YUZUKI. She is 25 years old, and works for the government in an office. It's pretty boring and mundane work, like working in a bank or something.
Her boring life changes one day when, walking home from work, she sees someone slumped over on the street, like in the gutter. It is a guy, and he looks pretty roughed up (scratches, burises, etc). Wakako feels sorry for him, so she picks him up and drags him back to her apartment.
Of course doing such a thing is pretty dangerous, so Wakako is nervous, but she really wants to help this guy for some reason. She does what she can for him, and the next morning when she wakes up, she finds he has gone.. and taken some of her money with him.
But the guy left a note saying he will pay her back. And that he does. He returns the next day bringing Wakao a present- a pair of earrings.
It turns out that the guy is 18 years old, and named Rihito FUJII. He gives Wakako the earrings in thanks for the money the night before. He also asks her not to take pictures of him, and to tell no one of what happened the night before.
However Wakako is more concerned about Rihito's health and the people who are no doubt worrying about him. After all, he must be a high school senior with college exam tests to worry about! Upon hearing Wakako's concerns,
Rihito gives her a strange look. Wakako really doesn't seem to know who he is. However she learns soon enough Rihito is in fact a very popular idol, and the star of several popular dramas on TV. He also has a music single that was just released. Wakako had no idea! They have such different lives! He is a famous talent, while she is a regular government worker...
Nevertheless, things between Rihito and Wakako get pretty close, but there are plenty of obstacles to their happiness, the least of which being the fact that she is 7 years older than him!
There is also the slight problem that he lives and works in Tokyo, while Wakako lives in Osaka. Lets not forget Wakako's family's reaction to hearing who she is interested in! But they can't help it. Wakako finds herself falling for the younger guy. And his feelings for her seem to be equally strong. Can they possibly overcome these difficulties and be with each other?
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