Cherry Magic! Thirty Years Of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! is the second manga I’ve picked up from the new manga publisher, Square Enix Manga and Books, and I’m pleased as punch to report that it’s another home run for the rookie publisher! This boy’s love manga with a mouthful of a title began life as a 4 page comic that was posted on twitter. It was eventually turned into a published book, thanks to all of the support it received online, and, after reading it, I can see exactly why it became so popular.
Adachi isn’t the most social person in the world and has never had any luck in the romance department, thus, he is still a virgin when he celebrates his 30th birthday. Then things suddenly get even more complicated for him, as he discovers that thirty years of celibacy grants you super powers and that he can read people’s minds when he touches them! Now he’s constantly bombarded with people’s inner-most thoughts whenever he accidently comes into physical contact with them, making social interactions and going out even less appealing than it was before. But, thanks to these new abilities, he discovers that his handsome and capable co-worker, Kurosawa, is hopelessly in love with him! Being a complete novice when it comes to matters of the heart, poor Adachi is entirely out of his depth and has no idea what he should do about Kurosawa’s feelings, but, as they’re thrown together more at work, Kurosawa’s kindness and tender thoughts start to endear him to Adachi. Could a relationship between someone as shy as him and someone as popular as Kurosawa actually be possible?
Cherry Magic! is just the right blend of silly comedy and sweet romance that I love. It’s hilarious to watch the inexperienced Adachi’s internal freak-outs whenever he accidently catches a glimpse of Kurosawa’s private fantasies about the two of them getting a bit sexy. But, just when Adachi is considering running for the hills, Kurosawa will do or think something that demonstrates just how much he cares for him and Adachi can’t help but be won over. Their relationship is truly adorable! Kurosawa has been pinning after Adachi for a long time, with little hope that his feelings would be reciprocated, and he is genuinely happy just spending time with Adachi and will do nice things for him just to see him smile. Adachi, meanwhile, lacks self-confidence and never thought for a moment that someone like Kurosawa would be interested in him. He also hadn’t ever considered dating a man, which makes his growing interest in Kurosawa doubly confusing for him. But, thanks to his magic powers, Adachi comes to understand the depth of Kurosawa’s love and, before long, he finds himself starting to return those feelings. Adachi might not be quite ready to dive head first into a relationship, but his feelings for Kurosawa have already inspired him to be bolder then he ever thought he could be. It’s a touching relationship and I’m looking forward to seeing more of their awkward courtship in future volumes.
In addition to the main couple, we’re also introduced to a second love story featuring Adachi’s one friend, Tsuge, a romance novelist who is also a virgin and who also receives mind-reading abilities upon his 30th birthday. Tsuge is crushing on a delivery worker, who currently seems more interested in his cat then him, and their romance is only briefly featured in this volume, but it’s also a cute story and I enjoyed its addition to the book. Hopefully they’ll receive a bit more development as the series progresses.
Cherry Magic! is an amusing, magical and thoroughly charming love story that left me with a smile on my face. I can’t wait for the second volume to come out so I can see what happens next in Kurosawa’s and Adachi’s relationship and I’d recommend this series to all BL fans, especially those who’re looking for a good laugh.
Final Score: 9 out of 10
For more information on this title, visit Square Enix Manga’s website.
What did you think of this manga? Do you think having mind reading powers would be cool or a total nightmare? Let me know in the comments!
You can also check out some of my other BL Manga reviews:
- Given Vol 1 Review
- Liquor & Cigarettes Review
- Don’t Call Me Dirty Review
- Don’t Call Me Daddy Review
- Our Dining Table Review
- The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese Review
- Toritan: Birds of a Feather Vol 1 Review
- Koimonogatari: Love Stories Vol 1 Review
- There are Things I Can’t Tell You Review
- Canis: Dear Mr. Rain Review