"Matendou Sonata" is so hard to describe. Even the title is hard to translate; "Matendou" is a word coined from the characters of "Hell," "Heaven," and "Road," and I occasionally translate it as "Celestial" but usually just leave it as it is. To get down to the basics, it's a twenty-volume shoujo fantasy series by Amagi Sayuri that ran in Princess magazine during the late '80s and early '90s. You might describe it as "FAKE with wings," I suppose, which leads to the question, why isn't it ragingly popular among screaming fangirls? Well, it was never animated, for one thing, it's a little old, and the art isn't very good, especially at the beginning. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful series. I laughed, I cried, I checked the mailbox every day for my new volumes from Japan. Take a look around.