Manga: Meru Puri

MeruPuri (short for Marchen Prince in the original Japanese release) is a shoujo manga series written by Matsuri Hino, serialized in the magazine LaLa from 2002 to 2004. The series spans four volumes and also has a drama CD. Viz Media has licensed it for an English release.

All high school freshman Airi Hoshina ever wanted was to someday live in a cozy home with a loving husband and find joy in the little things in life. As a result, she makes it her daily mission to get to school on time because school legend has it that the longer one's non-tardy streak is, the better boyfriend one will find. But just when her daily routine is working like clockwork, an occurrence of fairy-tale proportions threatens to disrupt her grand plan.


Meru Puri provides tropes of:

  • Adorably Precocious Child : Aram in spades. But don't tell him. Young child ? Check ! Almost always serious ? Check ! Responsible ? Check ! Worries a lot for the person he cares for ? Double check ! Hates being called cute and treated like a child ? Oh boy CHECK! … And still adorable when he allows himself to be a kid.
  • All Myths Are True : it seems our Fairy Tales really happened in the Magical Kingdom.
  • Always Save the Girl : nomatter what, Aram will always always rescue Airi
  • Amnesiac Lover: Around vol. 3, Aram loses all of memories of Airi, even though her presence still affects him..
  • Bishōnen: teen!Aram, which also qualifies as a Sexier Alter Ego
    • Debatable : it's a shojo style drawing and in-universe teen!Aram is called handsom, not pretty
    • Lei on another hand ...
  • Armor-Piercing Slap : Airi's favorite attack.
  • Badass : yes, it is a shojo series. And there aren't many fights. Doesn't mean the characters can't kick asses :
  • Berserk Button : Aram has a few. Calling him cute or treating him like a child … And doing anything bad to Airi.
  • Beware the Nice Ones Airi and Nakaoji.
  • Beware the Silly Ones : Jeile acts like a carefree ladykiller but don't be fooled.
  • Big Damn Heroes : Aram saves Airi several times this way.
  • Blue Blood : more than half of the cast is royalty or has a royal ancestor.
  • Brainwashed : poor Aram. He gets better though.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When Jeile makes his first appearance, it happens to be at the end of a chapter. He wonders about what the name of the month is written under him, and Airi explains that since it's the end of the chapter, the month indicates the next slated release of the magazine.
  • Clean Dub Name
  • Costume Porn : justified considering the settings of the story :
  • Cultured Warrior : any male of one of the royal families is trained in and educated.
  • Dark and Troubled Past : according to Lei, Aram has one.
  • Determinator : many characters.
  • Dogged Nice Guy
  • Dysfunctional Family : Aram is actually safer and much happier with Airi, a teenage girl who lives alone in a world he barely knows. It means something.
  • Dual Age Modes: Aram can change from his normal 12-year-old form to is 17-year-old form.
  • Famous Ancestor : [[Kingdom Fantastic Racism unfortunately for Airi her great great great grandmother isn't exactly appreciated in the Magical ]].
  • Fiery Redhead : Airi
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
  • Gilded Cage : the castle for Aram. It explains a lot.
  • God Save Us from the Queen! : not really evil but definitely dangerous. And everybody is afraid of her.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager : more or less, but it is implied that Jeile curse does more than just make Aram grow up. The body fonctions also adapt to the body age. Aram states that when he is in his teenage body he has some sexual desire for Airi (which he doesn't really understand). At the end of the story, though, he IS really seventeen years old and totally at ease with it .
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Airi.
  • Innocent Prodigy : Aram. He actively tries to be and act like a grown-up. So much that he can be himself in his teen mode and no one will find him particularly childish. But sometimes, when it comes to feelings and attraction for instance, he is still a child after all.
  • It Amused Me : she ain't really bad, but [[spiler: the Queen definitely]] enjoys playing with people.
  • Likes Older Women: Aram likes Airi, who is 5 years older than he is.
  • Lonely Rich Kid : Aram (and probably Jeile too). His only « friend » before meeting Airi was Rei. And he is happy the first night Airi take him in her house because it is the first time he sleeps alongside someone else.
  • May-December Romance: simultaneously inverted for a Mayfly-December Romance with Aram's magical lifespan.
    • Averted : the ending implies that Airi will also live a long long life
  • Mouthy Kid : Aram is a proud royal brat after all.
  • Muggle-and-Magical Love Triangle: Airi is conflicted between Aram (magical) and Nakaoji (muggle). Aram is conflicted between Airi (muggle) and the noble magical girl from his own magical world that his father wants him to marry.
  • Older Alter Ego
  • Older Than They Look / Younger Than They Look: at the same time!
  • Overly Long Name
  • Overnight Age-Up: Drives the plot!
  • Parental Abandonment Airi parents have worked abroad for years. She is 15 at the beginning of the series ...
  • Parental Neglect : The King and Queen of the Magical Kingdm don't seem to be very present for their sons.
    • A few days after he was born Aram was took under Rei's care (who was still a kind).
    • They don't seem to worry this much for the brothers well-being … So much that Aram doesn't believe Lei when he tells the prince is father is worried sick about him.
    • And worst, Aram's mother was under many of the events that endangered Airi and so her son too. Including the brainwashing plot ...
  • The Power of Love : you'd bet it would exist in a fairy tail alike love story !
    • a « maiden 's kiss »/True Love's Kiss is even able to dispell the most powerful curses
  • Rapunzel Hair : princess Mariabelle
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something : good or bad, they don't just sit and watch.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right : Aram, and Airi too.
  • Shared Family Quirks : Airi takes after her great-great-great- grand mother Chrisnel.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang : Aram and Jeile. One is a serious and somehow cold but polite person who swore to love/marry only one woman in his life, the other is an excentric Handsome Lech with a devoted harem.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man : AIRI ! She is SO adamant to it she can't help getting carried away when the topic is brough it can be quite freaky.
  • So What Do We Do Now?
  • Sugar and Ice Personality : Aram's attitude is VERY different when Airi is around.
    • To the point she wonders if it's really him the first time she sees him in the Magic Kingdom. And he has to prove that he is himself to her. But when he realizes it he drops his snobbish attitude quickly anyway.
    • On the other hand, people are also surprised to see how he is when Airi is around. Wich doesn't the girl making friends there.
  • Taking the Bullet : Aram does it for Airi more than once.
  • True Love's Kiss
  • Wise Beyond Their Years : Aram is very mature for his age. He understands perfectly how his world and family work and can use or defy it depending on the situation.