By Michiyo Kikuta
Published in the U.S. by Del Rey Manga
The way our heroine (Nina) keeps going on about wanting a boyfriend who would protect her, you'd think she was living in Iraq. The story goes on to hit every shojo stereotype: she's swept up into a competition, there's two guys competing for the lead role, they suddenly transfer to her school, several people are clinically insane and obviously unqualified for the powers they're wielding, we go to a hot springs resort and play towel games, people keep asking about Nina's hairstyle, and on an on and oh, wait, this all happened because she accidentally swallowed the magic pearl. You know what? It should only take about 24 hours for this problem to fix itself.
This book is rated for 13+. I'd like to think that 13-year-olds are smarter than this.
Mamotte! Lollipop vol. 1 is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.