Danchi Tomoo #388 review
I’ve always watched the anime up until now, so I’m new to this manga as well. Danchi Tomoo is basically a snapshot of a lower middle class Japanese family’s daily life, shot from the point of view of their son, who’s in elementary school. It’s very realistic, and personally, I love it. I can tell that the author is very careful about “time” in the manga. He avoids putting in things like cell phones that might later date it. The manga’s art looks like it’s from the 1970s, but it could easily take place in present day as well. With that said, elementary schoolers who wear “shorts” like Tomoo-kun are a rarer thing these days, so it ends up still being a bit dated after all.
The world of the manga itself is kind of like a Japanese version of “Peanuts.” For non-Japanese who want to learn about Japanese culture, I think it could end up becoming a great source of information.
This chapter dealt with the school newspaper and the “lost and found board,” two things that can still be found in any public Japanese elementary school. Still, Tomoo-kun’s legs look really pudgy, sticking out from his shorts like that. It bugs me for some reason, and I don’t know why. I don’t think I’m gay, but…
- Born in the 1960s. Manga-addicted since the age of four.
Favorite Authors: Osamu Tezuka, Fujio Fujiko, Rumiko Takahashi, Daijiro Moroboshi, Hitoshi Iwaki, Ryoko Yamagishi, Yumoko Oshima, Fumiyo Kono and goes on ever...
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A long-time reader of Japanese "Educational comics."