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Manga Reviews: Animal Academy Gets an 'A' for Adorable

By September 16, 2009

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Animal Academy Vol. 2

Take an under-achieving high school freshman and plonk him/her into a high school thatís filled with not-quite-human classmates. You have Rosario + Vampire, right? Well, no. Take away the monsters, the fight scenes and the vampire hotties in short skirts and replace them with adorable animals and you have Animal Academy: Hakobune Hakusho, a new tween-friendly manga series by Moyamu Fujino from TokyoPop.

If you're a boy, you may be thinking 'Aww, dang' -- but hold on a second. Fighting and fanservice aren't the only things that make reading manga fun. Animal Academy has charms of its own that make it worth reading. I dove into both Animal Academy Volume 1 and Volume 2 to see if it was a series that could be cute and interesting enough to hold my interest for a volume or two.

Animal Academy Vol. 1One interesting quirk about Animal Academy is that it was originally serialized in Japan in Comic Blade magazine, a monthly shonen manga (boys comics) magazine. But as I read this Y-Youth 10+ rated series, I couldn't help but think that in America, Animal Academy's focus on fantasy, friendship and cuteness would likely be more appealing to tween and younger teen girls, and maybe a few cat lovers too.

Take a look at my reviews of Animal Academy Volume 1 and Volume 2 and find out whether this new not-quite-shonen series makes the grade or needs improvement.

Image credit: © Moyamu Fujino


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