Manga Review: Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume Three

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

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume Three is a manga by Yumi Tsukirino, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s VizKids imprint in 2012. The manga is rated “A,” which means that it is acceptable for all ages.

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

Cinnamoroll is a puppy, and he has a tail that looks like a cinnamon roll; he also uses his long ears to fly in the sky. He is friends with several puppies who live near Café Cinnamon, which is a major setting for the series; Cinnamoroll’s friends are Mocha, Cappuccino, Chiffon, Espresso, and Milk. In the previous two volumes, dark cloud named Cavity was trying to capture Cinnamoroll. However, it’s interesting to note that Cavity doesn’t appear at all in Volume Three.

During this volume of the series, Cinnamoroll and his friends find the Land of Sweets, help a little cloud who is an outcast among the other clouds, Cinnamoroll is the manager for a day at Café Cinnamon, Cinnamoroll and his friends bake “helpful little cookies,” Cinnamoroll and the others hold an audition at Café Cinnamon, penguins overrun the café and demand something cold, and a couple of the pups get their fortune told. In addition, there are stories focusing on Halloween, Girls’ Day, as well as some summertime adventures.

This volume also includes a section called “Pretty, Cutesy Cinnamon Angels!” This includes stories that focus on the two female pups (Chiffon and Mocha), and a third female pup named Azuki is introduced.

While I’ve complained that the Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll series comes across as rather “sweet” and “saccharine,” the “Pretty, Cutesy Cinnamon Angels!” is even worse in the “saccharine” department. The stories focus on female stereotypes (dieting because they’re worried about how they look, obsessing over cute guys, etc.) In some respects, I was rather disappointed to see this included in here, since the Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll manga is being aimed at a rather young audience. I was also disappointed to see there were times that the references to dieting were included in dialogue that was intended to be humorous. To me, the stories in this section of Volume Three that include the dieting aspect are sending a potentially dangerous message to very young and impressionable readers.

Of the three volumes of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll that I’ve read at this point, I found Volume Three to be the most disappointing. With the inclusion of “Pretty, Cutesy Cinnamon Angels!” in this volume, I have a much harder time recommending this one to younger readers than I did the first two volumes. However, with the regular section of the manga being aimed at a younger audience, I have a hard time recommending this volume to anyone much older than nine or 10 years of age.

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

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