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St. ♥ Dragon Girl
聖[セイント] ♡ ドラゴンガール
(Kiyoshi [Seinto] Doragon Gaaru)
Genre Romantic comedy, magical girl, martial arts
Manga
Author Natsumi Matsumoto
Publisher Shueisha
English publisher Viz Media
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ribon
Original run October 1999April 2003
Volumes 8
Manga
St. ♥ Dragon Girl Miracle
Author Natsumi Matsumoto
Publisher Shueisha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ribon
Original run 20032005
Volumes 5
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St. ♥ Dragon Girl (聖[セイント] ♡ ドラゴンガール Kiyoshi [Seinto] Doragon Gaaru ?) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Natsumi Matsumoto. It was serialized in Ribon from October 1999 through April 2003. The individual chapters were collected and published in eight volumes by Shueisha. The series focuses on childhood friends Momoka and Ryuga, after Momoka is possessed by a dragon while protecting Ryuga. It is followed by a sequel series titled St. ♥ Dragon Girl Miracle (聖[セイント] ♡ ドラゴンガール みらくる Kiyoshi [Seinto] Doragon Gaaru Mirakuru ?) which focuses on Momoko and Ryuga's daughter, Anjuu Sendou.

The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media, who released the first volume on December 2, 2008.[1] As of December 2009, five of the eight volumes have been published.[2]

Reception

Leroy Douresseaux of the Comic Book Bin claims that the use of magic in the series, "energizes what could have been standard fare". He also claims that the mixture of "typically super-pretty shojo manga art with demon-fighting" is a "fun read". He also likens the series to a root beer float, "At some point, you might be too old to have such a really sweet treat in an extra-large size, but it is still sooooo good". Several times, he says that though the series is intended for younger girls, it would appeal to older readers as well.[3][4][5] Deb Aoki, of About.com, considered it a perfect series for tweens with "charming art, simple stories and chaste romance."[6] Ed Sizemore of Manga Worth Reading felt that Matsumoto managed to "[create] a cast of wholesome people that aren't boring", but was frustrated by the main characters refusal to admit their mutual attraction to one another.[7] Anime News Network's Carlos Santos disliked the first volume, considering it episodic and formulaic nature, similar to other high school romances, and having ordinary art work.[8]

References

  1. ^ "St. Dragon Girl, Vol. 1". Viz Media. http://viz.com/products/products.php?product_id=7358. Retrieved December 13, 2009.  
  2. ^ "St. Dragon Girl Volume 5". Viz Media. http://viz.com/products/products.php?product_id=7362. Retrieved December 12, 2009.  
  3. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (November 29, 2008). "St. Dragon Girl: Volume 1". Comic Book Bin. http://www.comicbookbin.com/stdragongirl001.html. Retrieved June 10, 2009.  
  4. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (April 27, 2009). "St. Dragon Girl: Volume 2". Comic Book Bin. http://www.comicbookbin.com/stdragongirl002.html. Retrieved June 10, 2009.  
  5. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (June 4, 2009). "St. Dragon Girl: Volume 3". Comic Book Bin. http://www.comicbookbin.com/stdragongirl003.html. Retrieved June 10, 2009.  
  6. ^ Aoki, Deb. "St. Dragon Girl Volume 1". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/vizmedia/gr/StDragonGirl1.htm. Retrieved December 13, 2009.  
  7. ^ Sizemore, Ed (June 3, 2009). "St. Dragon Girl Books 1-3". Manga Worth Reading. Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2009/06/03/st-dragon-girl-books-1-3/. Retrieved December 13, 2009.  
  8. ^ Santos, Carlos (December 12, 2008). "St. Dragon Girl GN 1". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/st-dragon-girl/gn-1. Retrieved December 13, 2009.  

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