Strong characters have the ability to elevate an average to mediocre story to something far more enjoyable than it has any right to be. Dragon Girl is one such case, using a strong female lead in Rinna Aizen to capture the reader’s interest, keeping them invested in her journey despite a generic plot.
Rinna’s adventures in the first volume saw her continually challenged by the student council as she struggled to strengthen her school’s cheer squad while also pining over her childhood crush, Subaru. Who knew cheerleaders lead such arduous lives?
Volume two see’s Rinna torn between several romantic interests, with Subaru in one corner, the laid back rich boy, Yaotome in the other and the unconventional squad captain Hasekura capping off the triangle. With three different love interests, it should be difficult to pinpoint where the plot is headed, but unfortunately, Dragon Girl’s story isn’t nearly as smart as its characters. Anyone with a passing interest will be able to telegraph where the story is heading.
Dragon Girl’s characters are developed enough with their own set of flaws to make them believable and appealing. Sadly, the story isn’t up to par. While the characters make slogging through the volume more tolerable, in the end, Dragon Girl is just average.