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Momo Tama: Volume 1    by Nanae Chrono Amazon.com order for
Momo Tama
by Nanae Chrono
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TOKYOPOP, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Momo Tama is very different from Nanae Chrono's other manga available in the West. While Peace Maker and Vassalord do have some humor in them, they are mostly dark and adventurous. On the other hand, though Momo Tama has some darkness and adventure, it is truly a comedy.

Kokonose Mutsu is a descendent of ogres. He is also a short, funny-looking kid who has managed to infiltrate the military school on his ancestor's home island an island dedicated to educating ogre exterminators led by the Momotaro. From the first day, Kokonose challenges the Momotaro, the descendant of the hero who chased the ogres away, but no one really takes him seriously. Of course, Kokonose's eccentric personality does not help matters any. Aside from ogre extermination, the school offers all the challenges of a normal school annoying roommates, stuck-up crushes, and mean bullies but with a wide array of ages, and ensuing hilarity.

Momo Tama is definitely one of the oddest manga I have read, but that is part of its charm. The characters are all unique with strong personalities and quirks that easily distinguish them from one another and make them so much fun. The story, while pretty crazy, is easy to follow, exciting, and enjoyable. Chrono's artwork is just as good as in the more serious series, but there's more of an openness to it, letting the comedy shine through. Nanae Chrono's Momo Tama offers excellent escapism. Fantasy/comedy manga fans will not want to miss out on this one.

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