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Atsuko's father is a drunk, and she's shunned by her classmates as "the poor kid." Walking the streets in a dark fog of despair, Atsuko cons perverts out of their money to survive. Then, one day, she meets Itaru, the heir to a wealthy family, who happens to look exactly like her. Itaru hatches a plan: Atsuko will live his tedious public life for him, and she will get a tasAtsuko's father is a drunk, and she's shunned by her classmates as "the poor kid." Walking the streets in a dark fog of despair, Atsuko cons perverts out of their money to survive. Then, one day, she meets Itaru, the heir to a wealthy family, who happens to look exactly like her. Itaru hatches a plan: Atsuko will live his tedious public life for him, and she will get a taste of the luxuries enjoyed by the 1%. Everybody's (finally) happy. Right?...

Title : The Prince in His Dark Days Vol. 1
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ISBN : 9781632363671
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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The Prince in His Dark Days Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Julie
    2019-04-03 21:18

    This was super sloppy. A lot of things were just randomly thrown in there. It got a little better towards the end so idk. I'm going to read the second one because I have it, but if that one isn't any better I probably won't continue with this series. So sad cause it's such a nice cover :/

  • Barbara
    2019-04-23 03:11

    Bit of a slow start, but I am interested in seeing where it goes

  • Kayano
    2019-04-23 04:36

    A ver, hay bastantes tópicos. Pero la protagonista, para empezar, de típica no tiene nada. Es muy especial, si leéis el manga sabréis porque lo digo. Digamos que no es muy sociable. No es la típica protagonista de shojo alegre, amable, risueña. No es todo bonito y maravilloso. El trasfondo del manga es duro. La vida de la protagonista, Atsuko, no es nada fácil. Su padre es un borracho, son pobres... Y tiene que buscarse la vida para sobrevivir. Y entonces se encuentra con un chico rico y caprichoso y su vida da un cambio brusco. No diré si para bien o para mal. Ella, como casi todo el mundo supongo, cree que los ricos lo tienen todo. Que son felices. Que tienes unos padres que les quieren y les cuidan. Pero se dará cuenta que no tienen una vida tan maravillosa como cree. Es entretenido, la protagonista es diferente y eso me gusta. El tono del manga en si es diferente, aunque el tema general este bastante visto. Pero hay algo más, porque vas conociendo conociendo poco a poco a los personajes, no solo a la protagonista y ves que sus vidas no son fáciles. Que todos tienen sus motivos para hacer lo que hacen. Y creo que es la mejor parte, ir conociendo el pasado de los personajes y conociéndolos mejor.La verdad es que me he quedado con ganas de saber más de todos ellos. De los que se empiezan a saber cosas y de los que no. Y conocer más a la protagonista, porque le pasa eso que le pasa. Porque le gusta tan poco la gente y es tan poco sociable. Que hay detrás. Porque no es porque sea tímida. Ni porque sus compañeros de clase le hagan bulling. Todavía faltan muchas cosas por saber de los personajes. Y de saber porque se ha llegado a esa situación en la que se ve envuelta la protagonista. Que no es solo por el capricho de un niño rico, hay algo más pero todavía no lo sabemos.Aparte cabe destacar el dibujo, que es peculiar también, diferente al que nos tienen acostumbrados en el shojo. Por eso llama la atención en primer momento más que por la historia en si. Ya que si leemos la sinopsis vemos que es tema muy manido en los manga. Pero esta tratado de una manera bastante diferente. Es más duro, todo pasa por motivos más serios, es todo más complicado. No pasa por un capricho ni porque si. En resumen, que lo recomiendo a aquellas personas que buscan un shojo diferente con un tono más maduro y serio y con una protagonista fuera de lo común.

  • Lexie
    2019-04-23 01:15

    This kind of reminds me of a genderbent "Can't Lose You" (in that a rich person gets a stand in pauper...who ends up living their life better). But I guess they're both just variations on "The Prince and the Pauper". Mostly enjoy this, though Atsuko is...well a deeper level of bleak then I've ever reached, so that sometimes is vexing. I like Ryo and by the end his motivation makes better sense. I do think we need at least ONE more genuine, warm adult in the series. Right now every one we've seen has been...indifferent, or two faced or callous except Subisawa (the butler) and that's disheartening. I do wonder as to what the extent of Itaru's secret is. It's only briefly touched upon and by a character who's best interests it is to NOT ask deep questions of Itaru. There's an odd translation choice made (which is explained in the back glossary a bit more) that may or may not complicate the reality of Itaru's situation later. Overall quite enjoyable and worth trying! It's a shoujo that skirts the line of josei in my opinion (if you are a fan of shoujo more like "Mars" by Fuyumi Soryo or the more serious aspects of "Hana Yori Dango" you may understand what I mean), with understated dry humor and a hovering dark edge to it that would appeal to a little older crowd.

  • Asuka
    2019-04-09 02:09

    REVIEW OF VOL.1-3. I've never read this book before or even heard about it but then I saw it at the bookstore and decided to read it. The art is aesthetically pleasing to look at and simply adorable. I liked the characters in this book because they were pretty original and didn't follow any of those stupid anime tropes. As I was reading, I noticed that this book focuses on exploring LGBT issues. The first volume was a great start and got me reading to volume three, but right now I'm waiting to read volume 4 and I hope it will be as good as all of the previous volumes. The characters have developed a lot throughout these three volumes that I have read. Totally unrelated, but for whatever reason I keep getting confused as to why Itaru and Atsuko have different hair colors when Atsuko is supposed to look like Itaru ( yes I'm serious, I hope it's not just me ). Maybe this was intentional so we don't get confused?Overall, it's a pretty good manga series. If you liked Ouran High School Host Club, you will probably love this manga just as much because they're kinda similar in a way. Also recommended for shoujo and anyone who likes LGBT mangas, or even mangas that revolve around rich people in general. It's also like a reverse harem at the same time.

  • Selena
    2019-04-04 02:32

    Holy cow, that was dark. I mean, I kind of knew that going in, but it was darker than I expected.The Prince in His Dark Days is about a girl named Atsuko who looks a lot like a rich boy named Itaru. Itaru goes missing, and so she gets hired to act as a body double. Considering her dad was about to make her work in a brothel a "friend" of his runs (it's not explicitly said, but I'm pretty sure that's what they were going for) to pay off his debts, getting the heck out of dodge and getting paid for it seems like a pretty good deal, and so she accepts the job and is determined to do it well.So if the title wasn't enough to tip you off, and the description didn't set off alarm bells, no, this is not a silly lighthearted "1st world problems" nonsensical romp like Ouran High School Host Club. There is a surprising amount of black humor in here, though.As the title suggests, this gets into some dark territory, including mature themes, so it's not for everyone. Don't let that scare you off though, as this is a pretty good drama already.

  • Gaby
    2019-04-04 05:17

    A little too weird for me, so even when I'm somewhat intrigued of where the story is going to lead, I don't think I'll read the next volumes.

  • Hilary
    2019-04-06 04:15

    A life swap story with a twist, shy female pauper to Prince, The Prince in His Dark Days won my heart. If you're an Ouran highschool fan this book will be right up your alley.

  • Jenna
    2019-04-08 22:20

    Read the first two chapters. Quite liked the drawing style but didn’t really care for all the manhandling our MC goes through, and have a feeling it’ll continue throughout.

  • Léa Marie
    2019-04-16 22:22


  • Miah
    2019-04-06 22:27

    This book was bizarre...and very uncomfortable to read.

  • Shawna
    2019-04-21 02:09

    I'm tempted to read the next volume, because the story does interest me...

  • Patrick
    2019-04-14 22:20

    I had never read any manga before, so this was a new experience for me. Particularly there was the issue of reading from right to left and from what Westerners would consider the back cover to the front cover.Since it's Japanese, I guess it's not a surprise the story is a little weird. A rich boy abducts a poor girl because he wants to wear her schoolgirl uniform. Later he goes missing and so the rich boy's half-brother decides to offer the girl a million yen (something like $10,000) to be his stand-in until he can be found. Her alcoholic father is in deep with the yakuza, so she agrees.She cuts her hair, wears contacts, makes a "muscle vest" to disguise her figure, and even takes to smoking to try to deepen her voice. She's drilled on his mannerisms and handwriting and all that and yet there's one issue they don't address: the girl is dark-haired and the boy she's replacing is blond. She never dyes her hair either. What's the point of drilling her on all this other stuff if they don't make such an obvious change? And yet the boy's mother and schoolmates don't seem to notice anything.Anyway, I don't really have much to compare this to but it was an interesting read. The story is a little odd but otherwise OK, at least if you're open-minded.That is all.

  • Mary
    2019-04-08 01:14

    Inside this big, bright palace, I thought there must be a happy life, free from all want.If you like kdramas or just good old rich drama and cross dressing that WORKS this is for you. Atsuko is living the epitome of a shit life. Her dad's an abusive alcoholic who wants to sell her to be a sex slave to pay rent and buy more booze. She works her tail off in school but her living conditions are so poor she can't bathe or eat. Until she runs into Itaru, the heir of the Nogi business. Itaru is struggling with the fact that he's gay and his family won't accept this if they find out. He kidnaps Atsuko to try on her school uniform and then pays her.Nobunari, one of his friends and bodyguards (?) runs out to help her and his kindness leaves a mark that prompts her to take a chance at living as Itaru's double when he goes missing.There's just so much in this one volume that blew me away. Shojo-at least what gets licensed in English-isn't dark or much of a social commentary. At least in regards to the darker parts of Japan. Ryo, the love interest, is layered and interesting. He has his own reasons for covering up Itaru's disappearance, spiked up on melodrama it may be.I was throurouly impressed with the subject matter in this shojo. A shojo. This isn't your typical fluffy series.If you want something different, Hana Yori Dango, a darker Ouran Host Club, kdramas, rich boys, rags to riches, cross dressing (that is convincing for once!) controversial subject matter, and more, please check this out. Plus, it's only going to be 4 volumes! ^^*I own all the manga I read/review and don't support scans.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-06 05:15

    Loved this!

  • alicat
    2019-04-04 02:11

    This kind of reminds me of the K-drama You're Beautiful mixed with Hana Yori Dango. Atsuko, a stoic and poor student, gets hired to pretend to be a Itaru, the wealthy heir of a huge corporation. The two look similar and Itaru curiously goes missing. I love girls-pretending-to-be-guys stories. The plot went a bit too fast though and left some things unanswered. Like why are they not trying harder to find Itaru? I wish they had developed some scenes more, but I enjoyed it anyways and look forward to volume 2.

  • brightredglow
    2019-04-02 21:36

    Very good first volume. Gender bending premise isn't new for a manga yet I still felt this one had refreshing qualities. Atsuko has a terrible life so when Itaru, a young man she resembles so succinctly, goes missing, she goes along with impersonating him until he is found. She learns about Itaru and about herself as well. Backgrounds are sparse and the art style is simple, but the story and characters keep the interest and focus. Looking forward to seeing more from this series.

  • Felicia
    2019-04-24 03:28

    A darker take on a manga trope. This volume is clearly setting everything up. Would definitely continue to see where this goes.

  • Tasha
    2019-04-17 01:14

    I'm not quite sure how I feel about this series, but I'm interested enough to try the next volume.

  • maha
    2019-04-12 04:28


  • Joey Choy
    2019-04-15 05:19

    great modernization of the Prince and the pauper