Manga Review: Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume One

Article first published as Manga Review: Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume One by Yumi Tsukirino on Blogcritics.

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume One is a manga by Yumi Tsukirino, and it was released in North America by Viz Media’s VizKids imprint in 2011. The manga is rated “A,” which means that it is acceptable for all ages.

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume 1
Written by: Yumi Tsukirino
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 3, 2012

Cinnamoroll is a puppy character created by Sanrio in 2001. This puppy has a tail like a cinnamon roll, which is where the name Cinnamoroll comes from. This puppy also likes to eat freshly baked cinnamon rolls, and uses his long ears to fly in the sky.

The story opens with Cinnamoroll living in the sky with a cloud family. One day, Cinnamoroll falls into Café Cinnamon and is found by the unnamed human owner. Cinnamoroll meets the pups who live near the café, and they become friends; in fact, they become known as the Cinnamon Friends. The other pups are: Mocha, Cappuccino, Chiffon, Espresso, and Milk. There’s also a dark cloud named Cavity who is basically the antagonist of the story. He’s fixated on Cinnamoroll, but it’s never explained in this volume why Cavity keeps trying to catch him.

The first volume of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll has a very strong emphasis on establishing the characters and the world that they inhabit. Each story in this volume is told in short chapters, although some stories are spread over two or three of these short chapters. Ideas or elements introduced in a chapter will sometimes be utilized in a future chapter in the volume.

If you can’t tell from the descriptions in this review, Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll is being targeted at a rather young audience. This manga series is definitely very “kid-friendly”; unfortunately, unlike a series like Chi’s Sweet Home, I didn’t find Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll to be very “adult-friendly.”

While I have a decent tolerance for “sweet” and “saccharine” stories being aimed at young children, Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll goes beyond my personal threshold for this kind of storytelling. Probably one of the hardest things for me to accept was Cavity’s insistence on trying to capture Cinnamoroll, since no reason was ever given in this volume. Perhaps the author of the manga thought that since the story was being aimed at children, that the intended audience would be a lot less likely to question characters’ motivations.

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll is a cute manga that will definitely have an appeal to young readers who are just starting to get into manga; also, I think that little girls will probably be more interested in this series than little boys, due to the “cuteness” of the look and the story. The young readers this series is intended for will probably enjoy it, but the moms and dads of those young readers are probably better off not reading it for themselves.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume One that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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