Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Manga Review: Manga Dogs, Volume 2, by Ema Toyama

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Volumes: 3
Spoilers?: Light on plot.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:


Kanna had just gotten used to balancing her two lives as a high school student and a professional manga artist when three starry-eyed bozos intruded on her well-ordered life! But as she faces down a rival, a kidnapper, and her dismal popularity rankings, her dim-witted disciples have her back. Maybe having pets isn’t so bad after all?

A sharp-witted satire of the manga world from the creator of I Am Here! and Missions of Love!


This is an adorable comedy. I know there’s only one volume left, and I already wish there was more. Not to mention my love for Toyama’s art already, but the characters are just great here, as is the humor.
The mangaka-related antics and jokes are so great here.
The group go to a convention, are entered into a manga writing contest, try to help Kanna turn in her work on time. The new guy actually is a manga artist, though not published. Kanna has a signing, gets her manga made into a book, deals with a possible cancellation. We meet friends of Prince, and then Shota’s sister. All kinds of antics in this volume. And along the way, a lot of humor.
I love the antics here, the way the boys are so oblivious and idiotic, but do genuinely like Kanna and look up to her. I will say that I think I like Prince the best, in terms of Kanna. Shota is adorable, too, and Specs is oddly humorous.
I was laughing through most of this volume, and can’t wait for the next one. I suspect it will be just as good.

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