Disney Fairies: Vidia and the Fairy Crown
By Haruhi Kato
Tokyopop, 208 pp. $9.99
Recommended for ages 7-10
With loose ties to Peter Pan and Never land, this manga is part of the Disney Fairies franchise. It seems to me, that this manga is an adaptation of the series put out by Random House. Tinker Bell features prominently in some of the other Disney Fairies stories, but only gets a mention here.
The story starts with the bubbling excitement of all the fairies of Pixie Hollow, who are eager to attend Queen Clarion’s Arrival Day Bash. But on the eve of the big day, the Queen’s crown goes missing and all fingers are pointing to Vidia, the ‘rough around the edges’ fairy, who earlier that day cavalierly threatened to snatch the crown off the Queen’s head during the party. But if Vidia is found guilty she will be banished from Pixie Hollow forever. Prilla is the only one who believes in Vidia and together they investigate the disappearance of the crown in hopes of clearing Vidia’s name.
I’ve been searching for the perfect way to describe this manga, and the best I can come up with is cute. It’s a sweet story, that has a valuable lesson tied to it (Never assume anything. Be nice. Don’t take the easy way out.), but somewhat predictable.
The artwork is standard manga fair, even though the artist does well in capturing the different fairies characteristics through the artwork. I didn’t need words to realize Prilla was sweet and innocent or that Vidia was just not likeable. There’s as much to read in the pictures as in the words.
But there isn’t much meat to the story. Maybe that isn’t meant to be, given the young age demographic intended for these books. Maybe because the story was packaged by Disney or one of its subsidiaries (conjecture on my part, I wasn’t able to confirm this). But if one of my young nieces and nephews was clamoring to read manga, I’d suggest this title to their parents, because I know it’s safe.
This review is based on a complimentary copy supplied by the publisher. All images copyright © Tokyopop.