Cover of the first volume by Del Rey Manga
|Genre||Romantic comedy, Fantasy|
|Written by||Michiyo Kikuta|
|Original run||February 2003 – July 2005|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Noriyoshi Nakamura|
|Licensed by||Funimation Entertainment|
|Original run||July 6, 2006 – September 24, 2006|
|Modotte! Mamotte! Lollipop!|
|Written by||Michiyo Kikuta|
|Original run||August 2006 – February 2008|
|Volumes||6 (with side story)|
Mamotte! Lollipop (まもって! ロリポップ Mamotte! Roripoppu?) is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Michiyo Kikuta (菊田 みちよ Kikuta Michiyo?). It was serialized in the magazine Nakayoshi and published by Kodansha in Japan between February 2003 and July 2005.
The story revolves around female protagonist Nina Yamada, a seventh grader who accidentally swallows the Crystal Pearl thinking it was candy. The pearl is the goal of a sorcery examination where the students must retrieve it to pass. But since Nina has swallowed the pearl, she is now the target. Fortunately for Nina, two of the examinees decide to protect her from the other students while they work on a potion to extract the pearl from Nina.
In 2006, Mamotte! Lollipop was adapted into a thirteen episode anime television series by Marvelous Entertainment and Sunshine Corporation under the direction of Noriyoshi Nakamura (中村憲由 Nakamura Noriyoshi?). The anime series aired between July 1, 2006 and September 2006 in Japan on KAB. In 2009, FUNimation Entertainment dubbed the anime under the name Save Me! Lollipop.
Nina Yamada is a seventh grade student who dreams about a prince charming who will always protect her, no matter what. One day, Nina "accidentally" swallowed a Crystal Pearl that she assumed was candy that came with her cake. But the Crystal Pearl was the goal of a sorcery examination. Nina becomes the new target by many probationer sorcerers and goes on for half a year. During this whole mix up, she meets two wizard boys named Zero and Ichii and comes to a conclusion that they protect her until a potion is made to remove the Crystal Pearl from her. However, this potion will take about six months to complete. Despite how long it took Zero and Ichii decided to protect Nina. Even at school and at home, Zero and Ichii protect Nina where ever she goes.
- Nina Yamada (山田二菜(ニナ) Yamada Nina?)
Voiced by: Yui Shoji (Japanese), Brittany Karbowski (English)
- Nina is a seventh grade girl with an aggressive character, though she is also a caring, child-like, sweet teenager most of the time. She doesn't take insults very well. This is shown when she is often clashing with Zero, who usually calls her "stupid", "idiot", or "dork".
- She is targeted by many sorcerer examinees as she accidentally swallowed the Crystal Pearl which they need in order to pass their professional wizard exam. Zero and Ichii are her guardians. Her hobbies include shopping, and to stretch or do sit-ups. Nina is extremely bad at all forms of housework, but she does not seem to realize this. She wishes to have a boyfriend who is kind, strong, and protective. However, she is caught in a love triangle with Zero and Ichii because they fit the type of boy she would like.
- In the end she decides that she loves Zero. In one of the chapters in the manga, Nina and Zero kiss when Heart attacked them (causing a smoke screen) but Nina was unaware until Zero confessed to it at the end of Volume 5. In volume 6 Nina realizes that she does love him. In volume 7 of Mamotte! Lollipop, when she is 22 years old, she is depicted with shorter hair and comes for a summer break in the magic world. She later on accepts Zero's marriage proposal.
- In the sequel, Modotte! Mamotte! Lollipop!, she and Zero are married and have two children: a son named Rei and a daughter named Mina.
- Zero (ゼロ?)
Voiced by: Miki Ōtani (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)
- Zero has aqua blue hair and is the same age as Nina.
- Zero has a very rude and cocky personality, often shown clashing with Nina. He owns little tolerance and is highly rebellious towards those who get in his in way. Zero is a particularly an impatient person and has an extremely short temper.
- He is especially good at destruction magic and he is often shown making fun of Nina, therefore, always getting himself into arguments with her or most of the time getting a beating from Nina. But despite the way he treats Nina, it soon becomes clear that he is in love with her and truly wishes to protect her from any harm. Their relationship gradually becomes better throughout the series, and in the manga, he even admits his love to her. At the end of volume 7, when he is 23 years old, he proposes to her and she accepts.
- In the sequel of Modotte! Mamotte! Lollipop!, in a side-story, he and Nina are married and have two children named Rei and Mina.
- Ichii (イチイ?)
- Ichii is two years older than Nina and Zero. He is depicted as a kindhearted boy. Ichii is exceedingly polite and mature, thus making him a gentleman.
- He had a rough past, but opened up more ever since that day he met Zero, approximately three years ago. He has a stepsister named Sarasa, whom he used be in love with until she married Zero's older brother, Jeff. His specialty is "defense magic". It was also shown on the side story on the last volume, that he married Rokka (a girl who was chasing Ichii in the start of the magical exam and thought Nina was trying to steal Ichii away from her). He has a daughter named Itsuki, who is the protagonist of the side story and in love with Rei, who is Nina and Zero's son.
- San Sherard (シェラルドサン?)
- San is a sorcerer specialized in summoning magic. She is seen summoning a giant cat, flying fish, wild catfish, and many other creatures. San has long dark blue hair with bangs in the front along with dark blue eyes. She is usually shown with a pink hair band in her hair with two pink bows at both sides of her head and a purple dress with white frills and a little pink bow on her chest. She wears white stockings with black Mary Jane like shoes. She caries a gold colored staff with a gold and blue color wheel shaped top to summon her creatures with her magic.
- San was very happy to have a friend and played games with Forte, dragging him around to get her food. She had a harsh past because of her magical powers where she was younger. Her mother was very ill, and many of her relatives blamed her, saying that she was "cursed" because of her magic powers to summon creatures. Forte had burst out with anger as he overheard their relatives talking about how San was cursed. He took San, holding her hand to go to the tree where he became friends with her and told her that he would always be their for her. San then burst out in tears crying on Forte's shoulder wanting her mother. San always tries to smile because her mother told her that if she kept smiling, then something good would happen.
- Forte Sherard (シェラルドフォルテ?)
Voiced by: Noriko Namiki (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)
- Forte is San's partner and cousin. He is a good cook, and dislikes when San makes him cross-dress. After San’s mother passed, Forte met up with San at the funeral. He was angered when her relatives were gossiping about her. Forte ran off with San into the woods. There, he told her it was okay to cry in front of him, and to only smile when she was having fun. He said that he knew her heart, and that he would always be beside her.
The pilot chapter of Mamotte! Lollipop first appear in the manga magazine Bessatsu Nakayoshi on October 2002. The series was then serialized in Nakayoshi beginning with the February 2003 edition and concluded two years later in the July 2005 edition. The individual chapters where republished into seven volume collections by Nakayoshi's publisher Kodansha.
Mamotte! Lollipop was adapted into a thirteen episode anime television series in 2006. Produced by Marvelous Entertainment and Sunshine Corporation under the direction of Noriyoshi Nakamura (中村憲由 Nakamura Noriyoshi?), the anime series was first broadcast on KAB in Japan between July 1, 2006 and September 2006. The episodes were rebroadcast by several other stations within a few days of the initial broadcast.
On May 12, 2008, Funimation Entertainment announced that it acquired Mamotte! Lollipop. Under the title Save Me! Lollipop, Funimation released the series as a single DVD box set on February 24, 2009.
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