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The Grace Hurricane’s #CBR4 Review #4: The Big Adventures of Majoko 2 by Machiko Fuji and Tomomi Mizuna

(Grace’s reviews are typed in by her mother, whose reviews you can find at Glorified Love Letters.)

Majoko and Nana love travelling together to strange new places. In this volume, they visit memorable spots like the shiny Land of Mirrors, the Land of Snowmen, and the Land of Toys. I like this book because I like Japanese books. I like reading Japanese books because I like reading the books backwards because manga in Japan is read backwards. Manga is a type of Japanese comic.

My favorite part of this story is when they go to the Land of Snowmen. I like this part because I like snowmen. I like rolling the snowballs to make snowmen.

(Grace is just about 8 years old and got this book from her local library.)

xoxoxoe’s #CBR4 Review #10: Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 1, by Yumi Tsukirino and Chisato Seki

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 1 by Yumi Tsukirino (Story and Art) and Chisato Seki (Original Concept) is a manga for all ages, but will appeal mostly to the 10 and under crowd — although anyone who likes cute things will find it appealing.

Cute puppies, uniciorns, clouds, and mice all populate Fluffy’s world and join him on a variety of adventures, including picnics, visiting a haunted house, and helping grant a Christmas wish for a baby puppy named Milk.

Fluffy is a little puppy with a tail that looks like a cinnamon roll, who was born in the clouds. Through a series of stories readers are introduced to him and watch him learn to fly with the help of his bunny-like ears. But Fluffy yearns to go down to Earth, to leave the clouds and find other creatures more like him.

He lands in Café Cinnamon, where he makes friend with puppies Mocha, Cappuccino, Espresso, Milk, and Chiffon and a unicorn named Cornet. He also discovers that he loves freshly baked cinnammon rolls. There is also, unfortunately, a not-so-nice cloud named Cavity who tries to trick the puppies from time to time. The graphic novel includes a guide to all of the characters and some of the magical objects they run across at the front of the volume.

The manga starts off with a few stories in color and then the rest in black and white. The characters are all cute in the Hello Kitty and Pikachu/Pokémon tradition. Fluffy is based on a Sanrio character created by Chisato Seki, and Yumi Tsukirino has doneMagical Pokemon Journey. The book is printed in the style of Japanese comics, from right to left. There are instructions and a diagram to aid with any reader’s confusion, but Western readers should quickly get the hang of the format.

The stories are all short and sweet, and young readers should enjoy reading about Fluffy and his friends. Some of the stories are organized around the seasons — Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring and two of the stories feature traditional Japanese holidays, Girl’s Day and White Day.

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll is a fun comic for kids to read on their own or share with each other. The drawings are sweet and childlike, and may inspire budding artists to draw their own Fluffy friends.

 You can read more of my pop culture reviews on my blog, xoxoxo e

Fofo’s #CBR4 Review #02: The Drops of God: Volume 1 by Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto

Target: Tadashi Agi’s The Drops of GodChapters 1-18.  Art by Shu Okimoto

Profile: Manga/Graphic Novel, Viniculture, Dramatic Fiction

When Japanese comic artists, Manga-ka for those in the know, started running out of original sci-fi/fantasy adventures that had driven their industry since the 1950s, a strange trend started cropping up.  Writers and artists started conceiving very ordinary sorts of stories with painstaking detail about an unusual facet of everyday life.  Manga about bread making, Go players and even middle management had a lot of appeal to individuals who were in those fields, but they were also popular with laymen who were interested in acquiring hobbies.  In that same vein, The Drops of God is a story about wine and the people who understand it.  It appeals both to wine aficionados and the relative neophytes who seek to learn something about wine.  The series has been credited with an enormous surge in the wine imports of both Japan and South Korea, and was called “arguably the most influential wine publication for the past 20 years,” by Decanter Magazine.

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