I sometimes forget that “Landreaall” is a fantasy story because dragon-related adventure finishes in book #3 and from book #4, the story setting is mainly laid in academy school (and it still continues in recently published book #10). I didn’t actually recall this story much as a fantasy until Pegasus appeared in book #9. If anything, “Landreaall” is more like a medieval fiction – chivalry and etiquette, knights and mercenaries, revolution and round-table, etc.
The story features a young man called DX, son of General Lookafort (now the Lord of Ecalipe). DX actually possesses the right to the throne, but his mother being ex-mercenary, he and his little sister Ion grows up with a unique and independent way of thinking. Their frank talk, carefree manner, skilled movement during the battle (mostly taught by their mother and the Ninja master who lives with them) do not give a hint that they are nobility, which often surprises people around them. But even though DX is even described as “sleep-eyed” from his friends and adults, his words often vibrates with surprising sincerity and rationality. This is probably because he does understand the complicated situation he’s in …that he has the right of succession though his father carried out a revolution in the past (but DX would rather renounce it like his father did if the situation allows).
At the moment, I have no idea how this story will end. Currently the manga really has no concrete goal like fighting a deadly monster or throwing a ring into the volcano. And I don’t think the manga continues till DX becomes a king (or something else) because it would probably take too much time to reach that stage at current pace. Also, it seems that to be or not to be a king is not much a deal for both DX and the readers. What happens to him and his friends right now is too much interesting, I would say. I have 2 drama CDs of “Landreaall” with very good original storylines. It’s some time since I bought a drama CD, the previous one being “Seiyo Kotto Yougashiten (Western Antique Pastry Shop)” series (tremendously well made in that every single dubbing actors fit perfectly into each character, but the script was from the manga and not originally made). What I like about drama CD is all that matters is the storyline and the dubbing actors – you never get disappointed by the pictures, which is not so rare in my case. I would rather prefer to use my imagination than to see the pictures that are different from what I expected to be like. And I can say “Landreaall” drama CDs both have scripts that are very well written – unique plot, but never contradictory to the original.