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Pick of the Litter, Volume 1

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Pick of the Litter, Volume 1

Riku Fukagawa was found at age 10, lost and alone and unable to even remember how to speak Japanese. Despite that, he has done well for himself in the past five years. He's happy at school and everything is normal, until a friend drags him to a flea market where he runs into a mysterious group whose members claim that they are his long-lost family. But his new brothers are a strange bunch and may end up causing more trouble for Riku than he can handle!

The six chapters in Yuriko Suda's manga are fairly light on plot and long on crazy running around. However, even with minimal character development, PICK OF THE LITTER is still an enjoyable read. Riku is a likable boy, eager to earn money so he can feed homeless cats, and his brothers, though odd, are genuinely fond of him and seem to have his best interests at heart. The art is chaotic, with lots of untranslated sound effects, movement lines and shojo sparkles, but it fits the hyper story. The stories are easy to follow, and though occasionally a character or two will look very similar to another, most of the participants are easy to keep straight.

All in all, PICK OF THE LITTER is a fluffy, sweet read that vanishes quickly but is enjoyable while it lasts, much like cotton candy.

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Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith on October 18, 2011

Pick of the Litter, Volume 1
by Yuriko Suda

  • Publication Date: August 7, 2007
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop
  • ISBN-10: 1598168193
  • ISBN-13: 9781598168198