NUI! Volume 1

by Natsumi Mukai | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 9781597411844 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingHI77wing of Fort Myers, Florida USA on 10/10/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingHI77wing from Fort Myers, Florida USA on Saturday, October 10, 2020
We hold our soft friends

through the edges
of our bright childhood.

Journal Entry 2 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Thursday, October 22, 2020
This is a weird cover. I like weird. You can also tell by the cover it’s one of the old OLD publishing but Broccoli. (which I think is now a defunct publishing company, if I’m not mistaken)

And like a lot of the old ones, I find the lines between what is for children and what is for adults tends to get blurred in the old stories. They have too many that have adult themes in what is clearly for very young children. So as an adult, you’re very bored with the overall content. But it’s not really appropriate for children either. This one does get close to that line. It’s made for a preteen audience but the stuffed animals act a little ‘too much’. Hmmm….

I don’t know. I can see why the manga industry struggled so much in the beginning. They didn’t know how to pick through what was good to invest in translating and publishing in America and what was better to pass on. :P


Journal Entry 3 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (10/22/2020 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

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The God of Luck and Shiny Things has poured down upon me! And another book trade has commenced! LOL

Here's to a book finding a new reader! Cheers! ;)

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, October 30, 2020
The box of books and bonus surprises arrived today - in the middle of the first snow of the season, yet. Many thanks! (This is by the author of the +anima series.)

Later: This is a sweet, fluffy story - with some incredibly disturbing scenes mixed in. So, yeah, manga! I liked the setup: young girl loves her stuffed toys, and in this world that means that they gain personalities of their own - plus, in extreme situations, the ability to take human form, so she not only gets the cute fuzzy dog, less-cute fuzzy (!) fish, and seriously scary jester/humanoid-with-fangs purple doll to play with and cuddle and sleep with, but she also gets bishonen rescuers when she needs them. (And sometimes when she doesn't.)

There are rules, of course; it takes a lot of energy to become human, so the toys can't stay in that form very long (much to the regret of Kaya's friends in the beach story!). And all plush toys have a limited lifespan, something that's brought up more than once - and may have something to do with why the mysterious plush-toy-maker takes such a dislike to Purple, who was saved from plush-toy death by a very young Kaya...

There are cute scenes, some reminiscent of Card Captor Sakura (who had cute-toy Kero as a sometimes-powerful guardian), and others similar to many reverse-harem tales - though so far Kaya does not see any of her toys as romantic objects, and indeed is reluctant to think of boys that way at all. She's taken aback when a cute classmate asks for a date, and only starts to shift her thinking when she falls for the toy-maker - though he has clearly questionable motives, and is not above using specially-crafted toys to influence the minds of others. (Yay, kids - your cute stuffed toys might put you under the control of stalkers!)

I liked the banter among the toys, especially whenever poor Aqua (the fish) has to explain yet again why, having no arms or legs, he can't help much with following and protecting Kaya. The others carry him around when necessary, and eventually he gets his day on the beach - though he has to turn human to discover he can actually swim, what with plush animals not really being good in the water. But they can't hold human form for long, so when danger strikes, what's a plush fish to do? [The sequence with Aqua inside a plastic bag was pure genius!]

The end of this one provides a glimpse at the next plot-twist, which apparently involves drafting Kaya into an organization of plush-toy makers. She's shown some talent - on her own or under Shinri's influence isn't entirely clear - by making a cute pink unicorn, her first self-made toy and the first girl in her group of friends. I was worried that Pink would become a mole for Shinri, but when she first meets Shinri's dual-natured plush toy/emissary, she kicks him out of frame saying "You are very dangerous", so she's clearly pretty clever!

[I liked the story enough to want to read the remaining two volumes, but apparently they are not available in English. There is a French omnibus edition featuring all three books; my French isn't very good, but I'm considering giving it a try just so I can see how the story comes out!]

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Hartshorn Mill Rd in Amherst, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Released 2 wks ago (11/4/2020 UTC) at Little Free Library, Hartshorn Mill Rd in Amherst, New Hampshire USA

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I left this book in the handsome LFL; hope someone enjoys it!

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