Classical Medley vol. 1 & 2 (complete series)
By Sanae Kana
Published by CMX
I picked up Classical Medley at a local comic book store (which is now sadly closed) based nearly solely on the art style. I thought it was cute and reminiscent of works by Koge-Donbo, such as Pita-Ten and Kamichama Karin. Outside of the art I knew almost next to nothing about the story that this two manga series would contain and I, honestly, did not hold overly high expectations for it. It surprised me.
Classical Medley is the story of a young knight whom under certain circumstances must protect the youngest prince of Kingdom Classical from the threat of death. Along with their Moon Dragon companion they set off on a journey to seek the aid of the young prince’s older brother in hopes that he can set things right, but will they be able to distinguish friend from foe? What exactly is going on in Kingdom Classical? And what about the mysterious Medley that has started it all?
I can’t say that this is my favorite manga series, because it’s not, but it was worth reading. The art was consistent and cleanly drawn. I had no trouble identifying one character from the other, which is something that is happened to me before with graphic novels. However, I should say, that if you are looking for extravagant and detailed art this may not be the place to like as the author’s style for this series is simple and plain.
Okay, let’s talk story. The story contained within the pages of this series reflects the art well, simple and plain. There is nothing overly complicated about it and is easily predictable, but it was enough to keep me entertained. I wish it had been a longer series as there were so many things that could have been expanded on, especially character development, which landed kind of flat. The story and characters just didn’t feel like they were used to their full potential. It’s safe to say that if you are looking for a manga with lots of twists and turns, and surprises this probably isn’t what you are looking for, but if you are looking for something quick and relaxed this may be for you.
Rating: 3 out of 5