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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cowa! by Akira Toriyama

Title: Cowa!
Mangaka: Akira Toriyama
Age Group: Youth
# of Pages: Approx. 200
#of Volumes: 1
My Rating: 4.5/5

Batwing Ridge is a small town full of monsters. From mummies to ghosts, you can find them all! But no worries, they are a friendly bunch!

Meet Paifu, a half vampire and half werekoala who tends to run into trouble. His ghost pal, José, tags along but is always afraid to get caught in Paifu's stunts. Their days are full of fun and surprises!

One day, everyone in town catches the Monster Flu! (A flu that only monsters can get). Fearing that the monsters may die like many years ago from the same breakout, someone has to go across to the other side of the land to find the witch has the cure. Paifu decides to try and convince the ex-sumo human wrestler, Mr. Marumaya, to aide him on this long journey. The human man will be immune to the sickness and has a car that will save them time. He will only agree to help if the town gives him $10, 000 in return. Paifu knows that they do not have that much amount of money so he lies that they will.

Along the way, Paifu and the gang, runs into some difficulties. As more time is being wasted, more monsters are getting sicker by the moment. Will the medicine be brought back in time?

This is such an adorable story! At first, I was unsure if I wanted to read it because the creator made the all-famous Dragonball Z and as a kid until now, I never liked Dragonball Z. (The characters are way too buff for me. I was more of a Sailor Moon fan). After a couple of pages, I was hooked by the characters liveliness and charm. One of the many amusing parts is when Paifu turns into a werekoala. How? By looking at anything cross-shaped for over three seconds! To turn him back to normal, he must look at something round. José will have to transform into a ball to calm down his friend. I adore the ghost so much!

It's funny and has a voice that all children would love! If you want to let a child read a manga but is unsure what is appropriate, pick up Cowa! Also, you don't have to fork over money to buy the whole series cause it's all in one volume!

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Lenore said...

Wow - I've never heard of werekoalas before!

Diana Dang said...

Haha, neither have I. It's very amusing. xD;