Thursday, August 16, 2012

MISC. MANGA, *Sgt. Frog

From Mine Yoshizaki, the creator of Arcade Gamer Fubuki, comes this great mixture of Invader Zim and The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy. Sgt. Frog, or Sgt. Keroro as its called in Japan, is your typical boy-meets-cute alien story, but this one is done for anime fans with plenty of hyjinks enstore.

Sgt. Keroro is the leader of a squad of five invaders from the planet Keron, where everyone there is basically 2 ft. frog people. While doing observations of an Earth family, he is discovered by the two children, Fuyuki and his older sister Natsumi. Now, his mission has been comprimised as they capture him and capture his Kero Ball which is a piece of alien hardware. They then get a quick message from his planet that they're cancelling the invasion of Earth and have to leave all their soldiers there behind. Now, the sergeant is stuck on Earth, but luckily Fuyuki takes a liking to him. He convinces Natsumi to let the stay with them, as long as he does all the chores. Then, their mother Aki, a manga editor, comes home from an extended business trip to discover an alien frog now living in their house. Weirdly enough, she becomes completely fascinated with him, and unknowingly makes him the star of her next manga, Baron Frog. After that, they all learn that Fuyuki's classmate Momoko, who secretly has a major crush on Fuyuki, is housing Private Tamama, the younger member of Sgt. Frog's missing team. He also has a split-personality and the ability to shoot lasers from his eyes. They later find Corporal Giroro, the trigger-happy officer from Frog's unit.

Sgt. Frog has already developed into a popular anime series, as well as a line of merchandise that nearly rivals Hello Kitty. The manga is extremely funny, and great fun for younger readers, although it does have some mature themes to it. Better than E.T., and funnier than Alf, this is one alien abduction you'll like to see. Also check out the Arcade Gamer Fubuki anime which is in the same universe at this too!

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