Sweet Rein Volume 1 Review & First Impressions

“Sad at the thought o spending Christmas alone, Kurumi Sagara goes out for a walk. While she’s crossing the street, a boy bumps into her, and a rein suddenly appears that binds them together. The overjoyed boy tells her that she’s his master and that she’s a Santa Claus. Kurumi dismisses him as a crazy person, but then he transforms into a reindeer.”

Rating: 4/5 happy clouds Crop_4 CloudsExcited Transparent

Sweet Rein

Story and Art by Sakura Tsukuba

Initially I thought that this Christmas romance shojo was only proper for the holiday season but after I started reading it and getting into the story, I realized that although the plot is very Christmas oriented, there are scenes that take place off Christmas season. The quickie synopsis taken from the back of the book basically explains the premise but I don’t think it really does justice to bulk of the story.

When I reflect on this volume 1 that I powered through while waiting in the doctor’s office during my mother’s appointment, I recall a warm and fuzzy feeling; that feeling you get from Christmas and I think this book embodies all those Christmas themes really well without stereotypically overdoing it or making it seemingly too shallow. There’s less of a focus on the characters at the beginning and more of the plot since we’re introduced to the magical world and relationship of Santa and his/her reindeer. The typical shojo plot device was the whole “your servant falls in love with you” thing with Kaito the reindeer seriously falling in love with his Santa Clause. Granted, it’s “rare” for a Santa Clause to be a girl (of course) and as their relationship develops, Kaito’s grandfather (also a reindeer) reminds Kaito that he only loves his Santa Clause just because he’s bound to her. Of course, Kaito decides to strive to make his love “real” but the thing is, in this series – or at least up till volume 1 – the romance is a bit sidelined for the adventures of Santa Clause.

My only problem with the story is the bonus story with a quarter chunk of the volume devoted to a short story called Sweet Bite Mark about a immortal vampire who saves a little girl who happens to come from a family that’s fated to fall in love with him time and time again. Really sweet but more for shojo fans who are shojo enough to overlook the large age cap between the thousand something vampire and the little six year old girl…

Overall, if you’re looking for a nice warm winter story during your lazy holiday days, go ahead and pick up a copy of Sweet Rein. It’s a refreshing and magical shojo story that puts you right in the Christmas mood that would prompt you to reread every year during the holidays.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this review, follow me if you’re raring for more and  I will talk to you guys soon!

– Cloudy

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