The Treasure of the King and the Cat
Author: You Kajika
Publisher: LOVE x LOVE (May 24, 2021)
Paperback, 224 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga
One day, a large number of people suddenly disappeared in the royal capital. When young King Castio goes out to investigate this occurrence, he comes across the culprit… but the criminal puts a spell on him! To help him out, the king calls the wizard O’Feuille to his castle, along with Prince Volks and his loyal retainer Nios. Together, they’re determined to solve this strange, fluffy mystery full of cats, swords and magic!
This manga is so weird and goofy, haha. It’s got a strong epic fantasy element, but definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously. The art is fun and cute. The comic is divided up into two storylines, the title story and another before it that seems to be completely unrelated aside from having the same pair of main characters.
I feel like this is in a weird place of having too much BL (boy love, or M/M romance) for the folks who don’t like that kind of thing, but not enough of it for those that do. There’s a bit of a romance subplot trying to happen between O’Feuille and Volks, and also between Castio and Nios, but there’s not really any actual plot/storyline dedicated to developing those the romance/relationships – it’s more little scraps of fan-service. It seems like by maybe trying to appeal to a broader audience they may have missed the mark with both, but that’s just my take. The chemistry between both pairings is really great, and I’d have loved to see more space dedicated to fleshing that out more.
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.