Magical Angel Creamy Mami is a famous magical-girl franchise from the 80’s which follows the adventures of Yū, a young girl who’s granted the use of a magic wand for one year by some aliens she winds up helping. Yū uses her powers to transform herself into a teenager and become a hugely successful idol who goes by the stage-name, Creamy Mami.
In the spirit of properties like Maleficent, Emi Mitsuki’s Magical Angel Creamy Mami and the Spoiled Princess flips the script on the original story and retells events from the perspective of the series’ villain, fellow idol and Mami’s rival, Megumi!
Megumi has been Pantheon Productions main star for years and is largely responsible for the company’s success. Being both talented and extremely driven, Megumi has worked hard to craft herself into the perfect idol, but she can also be demanding and short-tempered with her co-workers. She’s becoming especially impatient with Shingo, the President of Pantheon Productions, who seems to have become bored with Megumi and is devoting all of his attention on looking for new talent. That’s when Creamy Mami appears on the scene, a fresh-faced and naïve girl with an almost magical quality to her. She fills in for Megumi when she’s running late to a show, giving an unpolished but enchanting performance that makes her an overnight sensation. Everyone – including the fickle Shingo – becomes obsessed with the mysterious Creamy Mami. Well, Megumi is having none of it! She’s not about to let herself be replaced by some upstart, and vows that she will both stay on top and show Creamy Mami what it takes to be a real star!
While she might not have the most pleasant personality, Magical Angel Creamy Mami and the Spoiled Princess, succeeds in making Megumi sympathetic and likeable, despite her flaws. Far from being spoiled, we see that Megumi is dedicated and indefatigable. She practices regularly and always pushes herself to be the absolute best that she can be. She’s earned her skills and poise, and all of her success has been a result of genuine tireless effort on her part.
While she can be temperamental and frequently takes her anger out on people who don’t deserve it, a lot of Megumi’s complaints are perfectly justified. Shingo is ungrateful for everything Megumi’s done to make his company a success and she has a right to be angry about how negligent he’s become about promoting her career. It’s also completely unfair that she’s being compared to someone who is only captivating and good at singing because she’s using literal magic to gain those abilities – though Megumi doesn’t know that that’s the case.
That said, while her feelings are understandable, Megumi does take things too far in her quest to put Creamy Mami in her place. Particularly when she locks up little Yū in a cage, because she suspects that she and Creamy Mami are the same person and wants to prove it.
But, you know what? Sometimes it’s entertaining to watch a character behave badly, and Megumi’s catty scheming is frequently hilarious. Mami might be her rival, but Megumi is her own worst enemy and her cunning plans almost always comedically backfire on her. As the lengths that Megumi is willing to go to starts to get more and more extreme, I expect her misadventures to get more and more insane, and I am here for it!
I think Megumi’s most fatal flaw, is that she seems to be in love with Shingo, for some reason. Shingo is self-absorbed and completely disregards Megumi’s feelings at every turn. He doesn’t seem to care about either Megumi or Creamy Mami, beyond their usefulness to him as Pantheon’s stars. If this series ends with him and Megumi getting together, I will be very annoyed, as he’s the real villain of this series as far as I’m concerned.
I wish I was more familiar with the original work so that I could recognize some of the side characters and know all the details of what’s going on with Yū and her friends, but, even without having seen the anime or read the manga that this was based off of, I really enjoyed reading Magical Angel Creamy Mami and the Spoiled Princess. This manga is a ton of fun and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of magical girl anime, and especially to anyone who loves the original Magical Angel Creamy Mami series.
Final Score: 8 out of 10
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For more information on this manga, visit Seven Seas Entertainment’s website.
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