Wednesday, February 22, 2012

fluffy, fluffy cinnamoroll

Article first published as Graphic Novel Review: Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 1 by Yumi Tsukirino and Chisato Seki on Blogcritics.

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 done Magical 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.
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