"It’s All Fun And Games Until Somebody Gets The Monster Flu" – Cowa! (Manga) – 7/10 Sugar Cubes


There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. ~Andre Gide

Genre: Supernatural/ Comedy/ Drama

Review Status: Full (1 Volume/ 1 Volume)

Licensed: Licensed in the US

Art: Simple but effective. You have decent-looking characters and backgrounds, which maks it easier for kids to read.

Summary:A contagious Monster Flu is spreading around town like wildfire. Can the town’s troublemaker, a half-vampire, half-werekoala and his friends get the medicine in time to save everyone?! Paifu, a half-vampire half-werekoala, is always getting into trouble with his best buddy, José the ghost. But when the Monster Flu sweeps through town, the fun and games are over. If the sick monsters don’t get the medicine they need in a month, everyone will die! With all the adults sick, it’s up to the boys to get the medicine and save the day! Paifu and José are off on a big adventure, but will they get the medicine in time…or will they become victims themselves?!

Review: This was adorable. It was short, had a simple storyline, was easy to follow, and would definitely appeal to the younger set. This story is rife with things that kids will eat up- jokes about farting, ‘bravery tests’ where the monsters are afraid of the humans, character interactions that they’ll understand (seriously, have you ever seen to little kids fighting over who gets the front seat? Yep, that and more).

There’s not much to tell- you see that some of the monsters aren’t very nice, some of the humans aren’t very nice. But there are good people of both kinds. There’s lots of comedic violence- bad guys getting knocked out, etc., but not too much considering how short this series is. It’s most definately not all about the fighting. There’s also many misadventures along the way to get the medicine, like wrecking a car and having to deal with a monster at the base of the mountain that will kill you.

But overall, this shows kids being kids, however weird they might be. And that’s the charm that this series holds.

Overall, this is a cute series for the younger ones.

Recommended: Sure, if you have younger brothers or sisters around the house. 5 and up.

Other series you might like:
Chibi Vampire (manga),
Kamichu! (manga and anime),
Ghost Hunt (manga)
Natsume’s Book of Friends (anime and manga)
Bizenghast (manga)

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