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Joukamachi no Dandelion 26 February 2016

2015 modern fantasy, 4-koma manga adaptation in 12 episodes: AniDB, vt "Castle Town Dandelion". The king announces that he'll retire in a year; his children campaign to be elected in his place.

And there are nine of them, and they each have a superpower of some kind: gravity control, teleportation, communication with animals and inanimate objects, etc. Not that most of these get used particularly. They also each have a motivation for becoming the next king, often rooted in some kind of childhood trauma.

That's about it really. You might think it would have something to say about the massive surveillance of the royal family, which main viewpoint character Akane wants to abolish, but everyone else just thinks she's unreasonably shy, and this is played for laughs. One of the other characters has a power which ought to terrify everybody, but she's the only one who seems significantly worried about it.

With so many characters, only Akane has time for more than the lightest of development. Each of the others gets their Problem and their Solution. None of them is terribly memorable.

I thought this was an intriguing idea, but it turned out to be purest filler.

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