Every once in a while, it’s nice to take your brain out of your head and give it a rest. If you don’t have the leisure of doing that, a really goofy, predictable manga will have about the same effect. And who among us hasn’t watched pirate movies and thought, “This would be so much better if the Pirate King was a Pirate Queen and she and the damsel in distress were getting it on”?
Clearly Takahashi Itsumi thought that and created Love Flag ★ Girls!! (ラブフラッグ★Girls!!) in which the Pirate Queen’s Daughter and the Princess find a kind of happily ever after sailing the oceans. But not right away. First there’s *drama!*
Queen Beatrice never stops crying about the loss of a cross she once owned. She blames the Pirate Queen Maria for its loss. Princess Lucia heads out to infiltrate Maria’s crew and retrieve the cross, but finds herself adopted as the playmate and pet of the Pirate Queen’s daughter, Eleana.
Lucia has a hard time adapting to pirate life, but the fact that Eleana’s a goofball and the crew seems to be easygoing helps. Isabella, Maria’s former second in command is less thrilled, but she’s busy pining away for Maria and doesn’t have the oomph to make Lucia’s life miserable.
Lucia finds herself fighting against the navy with her crewmates and decides that this whole going after pirates thing is dumb in the first place – and is pretty sure that what her mother is suffering is heartbreak. She goes home, where she is rejected and told that ONLY the return of the cross can abate the Queen’s never ending tears. By this time, Lucia’s pretty much had it with Mom (I had had it with Beatrice about two pages in) and tells Beatrice that she’s just heartbroken and horny….and ends up in jail for her pains.
Eleana and the crew break Lucia out and they return to the high seas only to be pursued by the navy – lead by an extra bitchy Queen Beatrice.
Lucia and Eleana are saved by the most obvious plot complication ever, but it’s okay – everyone lives happily ever after.
Art – 6
Story – 7
Characters – 8, except for Beatrice who is a jerk
Yuri – 9
Goofy – 9
Service – 5
Overall – 8
My brain feels better already.