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Manga / Mimia Hime

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Tiny Mimia-hime, grasp the flame of life. You've had a long journey.
And you shall be called this Star's Beloved Child.
You've nothing to fear now, be born.

In a place known as The City of Clouds - a place other worlds call Heaven - where the people fly on wings of light, a child is born without wings. As the residents of The City know that they come from people without wings, one without wings has the form of God. This tiny Princess Mimia is a God Child.

Mimia is weak, without the Power that the people with wings of light have. However, her parents love and care for her and tend her tiny flame of life as it grows stronger and stronger. At first, without the Power, she cannot "speak" with anyone, and feels alone. So she cries. But her mother and father and sister love her and soon, through her tears, she learns that she is not alone. She learns to talk and run and swim and read and continues to grow.

While talking with an elder of her people, she is told that she is destined to journey to distant lands. That her journey will take her outside her world, beyond the sky and even further. To cross universes as a God Child.

Thus begins another epic from mangaka Tanaka Yutaka, which ran in Afternoon from 2006 to 2009. Written in a fairy tale style, Mimia-hime is a lusciously-illustrated, poetically written story about Mimia, her birth, her growth and the beginnings of her journey into those distant lands. The religious symbolism is rich, but not overpowering, content to be what it is as nothing more than a background for Mimia's story.

Tropes found in this work (still under heavy construction)

  • Birthday Episode: An entire chapter of a manga is dedicated to Mimia's 11th birthday!
  • Canine Companion: While he doesn't follow her around a whole lot, Mimia is clearly very fond of her huge dog (forgot his name).
  • Cool Big Sis: Ranaha, Mimia's older sister.
  • Costume Porn: It's a fantasy series. What do you expect?
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Purposely used in a very overt fashion: the City of Clouds is Heaven, but the people there don't think of it as such, nor do they "believe" themselves to be "Angels." It is simply where they live.
  • Determinator: Rulo.
  • First-Name Basis: Since the manga takes place in a fantasy world, this is unavoidable.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Mimia. More like girlish braids.
  • Good Parents: Mimia's parents. In a manga world full of all kinds of parents, the good ones are a rarity now, and it's so refreshing to see manga parents who give birth to a chosen one who completely love and accept their child for who they are while making sure they teach her right.
  • Lighter and Softer: Unlike much (if not most) of his prior work, this is distinctly G-Rated. (At least so far.)
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Probably Rulo, since there's a picture of him carrying Mimia, though that probably doesn't appear until volume 3.
  • Modest Royalty: Mimia and her family. Mimia even wears shorts and very simple clothes, even at home, though she does have to wear fancy garments for special occasions.
  • Power of Love: The sheer love that Mimia's parents and sister give her help her grow into the girl she becomes, though in a more subtle and endearing way than you usually see.
  • Scenery Porn: You won't get The City of Clouds, populated by people with wings of light, without this over, over and over.
  • Shirtless Scene: Rulo, when Shiryuu looks at the seal on his back.
  • Signature Style: Tanaka-san's poetic narration and love for Scenery Porn is present in full-force in this story.
  • The Chosen One: Mimia. Since she's born without wings, she is a child of God, and has to go on a journey to meet other Gods and help the world.
  • Winged Humanoid: Everyone who has the wings of light...except Mimia.