Thursday, August 30, 2007

Pick of the Litter, v.1

by Yuriko Suda
Published in the U.S. by Tokyopop

Slugline: Riku's reclaimed by the family he didn't know he had... and they've got bunny ears.

I looked at the cover of this one with dread. Much to my surprise, Litter is fairly witty and charming, and the art is both cute and full of cute details.

Riku lost his memory and his family five years ago, and now his family finds him and brings him back to their fantasy land. Riku becomes a part-time employee in the family store, selling whimsical fantasy-world groceries/dry goods/magic supplies or whatever they're supposed to be. There's no larger storyline as yet, just a series of adventures in the odd new world. Riku still goes back to Japan for school, and there's sure to be trouble explaining the strange, bunny-eared "cousins" who keep turning up on school grounds.

I'm a bitter old fart, but even I was charmed by the light-hearted fun and the detailed artwork.

Pick of the Litter, v.1 is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.

- Miranda


Chase said...

I have become an active reader of your blog. Do you have any recommendations for where I can get manga from Japan?


Prospero'sManga said...

Sorry, but we can barely keep up with American-published manga -- we don't buy any direct from Japan.