Manga Review: Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume Five

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

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume Five 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 5
Written by: Yumi Tsukirino
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 4, 2012

Cinnamoroll is a puppy with a tail that looks like a cinnamon roll, and his long ears allow him to fly in the sky. This manga series tells the adventures of Cinnamoroll and his friends: Mocha, Cappuccino, Chiffon, Espresso, and Milk.

The first 76 pages of the volume focus on a story arc where Cinnamoroll and his friends go to café school. While they’re there, another student named Black becomes a rival for Cinnamoroll. This storyline plays up the fact that they need to fill their stamp cards with stamps in order to graduate. Unfortunately, the story arc cuts off before anyone completes a stamp card; since this is the last volume of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, this storyline won’t be concluded. As a reader, I found this to be rather frustrating, because the concept of completing the stamp card and graduating was emphasized in the story. Without seeing a resolution, I felt a little cheated.

Next is a set of seven “gag stories.” Personally, I didn’t really care for any of them, and wished those pages had been devoted to concluding the café school story arc instead.

The final portion of this volume is “Pretty, Cutesy Cinnamon Angels!” Fortunately, this section of Volume Five is nowhere near as long as this segment that appeared in Volumes Three and Four. Unfortunately, it appears we’ve done a slight “reboot” since the end of Volume Four, because major plot points happened in Volume Four that aren’t even mentioned in this portion of Volume Five. This installment of “Pretty, Cutesy Cinnamon Angels!” also returned a bit more to the female stereotypes that I didn’t like seeing back in Volume Three.

This volume of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll showed some promise with the café school story arc. Unfortunately, failing to resolve that story arc made me like the volume less, and following this up with the “gag stories” and “Pretty, Cutesy Cinnamon Angels!” didn’t help.

Even though I didn’t care much for Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume Five, I think it should still appeal to the series’ target demographic. Personally, I would recommend the Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll manga series to readers between the ages of eight and 10.

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

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