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Millennium Prime Minister, Volume 1

Review

Millennium Prime Minister, Volume 1

written and illustrated by Eiki Eiki

Minori couldn’t be more average. She is an ordinary girl whose only real interest is playing video games. On a day that is too nice for going to school, she skips and heads to the video arcade. She wins the game she’s playing, easily beating the one guy no one else had been able to beat, when suddenly everything goes crazy. The guy (who is kinda cute, she has to admit) declares that Minori will be his new bride! She takes him for a wacko and runs, but the next day at school he shows up again. That’s when Minori, who’s never been much for politics, finds out that he’s the newly elected 25-year-old prime minister of Japan.

Eiki Eiki’s plot is pure craziness, but that’s what makes it fun, or what will make it even more fun once the scene-setting and character introductions from volume one are done and the series can pick up. Since there are five main characters to introduce --- Minori, Kanata the prime minister, his two friends from high school who now work for him, and his 18-year-old assistant --- it makes sense that it takes most of the volume to get them onscreen and give the readers a brief idea of who they are. We can begin to see their various personalities and how they interact with one another, and we’re offered a glimpse of conflicts to come. All of the boys have quirks, and Minori, the ordinary one of the bunch, finds navigating those quirks to be tricky. But Eiki doesn’t make the mistake of explaining too much too quickly, even though this was her first long-form series (rather than her usual one-shots) and she’s working in the shojo (girls’) genre rather than in her usual yaoi (boys’ love) genre.

The craziness of the plot requires a lot of suspension of disbelief, especially since Minori’s parents are so blasé about their daughter marrying someone they’ve never met before. Eiki explains this by having Minori’s parents tell her that their marriage was arranged, a particularly Japanese aspect of the story that regular manga readers will accept and laugh about. Nothing is explained in this volume about why Kanata would want to take Minori as his wife. He says it is because he loves her, but neither readers nor Minori really fall for that one. It’s one more aspect of the story that promises to be explained in later volumes.

The creepiness factor of having a 25-year-old man deciding to marry an unwilling 16-year-old is avoided by limiting Kanata’s physical interest in Minori to a silly obsession with her hair. This makes readers wonder about his sexuality when they later find out why Kanata’s assistant Sai is so unwelcoming to Minori, but I’m not sure that Eiki is planning on resolving that triangle in the way her usual fans might expect. That where-is-this-going aspect will make readers want to pick up future volumes of this lightweight but cute series.

Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith on October 18, 2011

Millennium Prime Minister, Volume 1
written and illustrated by Eiki Eiki

  • Publication Date: July 28, 2009
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1569700923
  • ISBN-13: 9781569700921