Is it just me, or is he a little on the girly side? And although “Miu” may be one of those Japanese names, like “Tsukasa” or “Kagami”, that can belong to either a boy or a girl, because of my limited exposure to Japanese names, I immediately associate the name “Miu Hiiragi” with a little girl. Maybe even with twintails.
When Miu wakes up from his dream, he finds himself transported to a magical world in the company of Mary, a magical girl who eats people’s dreams for sustenance. Miu also discovers that he has transformed into a pink-haired loli.
To quote Lucky Star, “So many dreams and so many frills…”
See, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from anime such as Hayate the Combat Butler and Mahoraba – Heartful Days, it’s that if a boy is girly enough, he will be trapified or genderswapped before too long. So this development isn’t surprising.
And thus begins the story. In the words of the AkibaBlog,
as you open pages, you’ll see a bit loli loli girls here and there. There is no eros, but the level of Moe is really high. It’s like a guidebook of Moe manga. Be fuddled with girls who give you innocent smiles!
The plot involves Miu trying to get back to his own world, while trying to adjust to living as a girl, going to a new school, and making new friends such as Fiyu, Mary’s best friend who is also a loli. Mary eats Miu’s dreams by kissing him, which leads to mild pseudo-yuri situations. An antagonist, the scythe-wielding goth-loli shrine maiden magical girl (too many traits, even for me) Ruri, is hunting for Mary, and claims that Mary is evil. I honestly don’t know where this is going.
But just like PuiPui!, Tsukiyo no Fromage is not really about the plot. It’s about unleashing ridiculous amounts of moe. It’s neither as cute nor as tsundere as PuiPui!, so I wouldn’t put it on the short list of “shows J.C.Staff can’t possibly mess up”. And it’s not as sweet and heartful as Koi Cupid, but seeing as Koi Cupid’s second volume will not see the light of day in the USA for a while now that Broccoli Books has closed shop, Tsukiyo no Fromage definitely is an acceptable alternative way to get your moe fix.
And in case you can’t tell, it’s cute and full of lolis.