Earth Day has passed, but as Al Gore and many other green activists will remind you, adopting eco-conscious habits is just a good thing to do everyday. Even manga has gotten hip to the "save the earth" tip, with Leave It To PET, a hilarious, kid-friendly gag manga about a 9-year old boy and the un-helpful recycled plastic robot helper who makes his life miserable.
Compared to other faithful robot companions who have helped other manga kids over the years, PET is often more of a hassle than a help to his human friend, Noboru. PET keeps saying he wants to thank Noboru for recycling him when he was a juice bottle, but can this pint-sized robot help that he's bratty, lazy and just a little delusional about his so-called superpowers? PET may not be super, but he does a pretty good job of tweaking pocket monsters, ninjas, giant robots, and game boys, and making kids and jaded grown-up manga readers giggle at his misguided misadventures.
Check out my review of Leave It To PET Volume 1 by Kenji Sonishi (the creator of Neko Ramen) from VIZ Kids / VIZ Media, and see why this little plastic robot will save us from "greener-than-art-thou" types and boring comics for kids.
Image credit: © Kenji Sonishi