One-Shot for the Weekend – Oumagadoki Doubutsuen

Title: Oumagadoki Doubutsuen/ Oumagadoki Zoo

Author: Horikoshi Kouhei

Artist: Horikoshi Kouhei

Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen

Summary: Aoi Hana is a normal female high school student, though she is extremely clumsy and thus tagged as good-for-nothing. She tries changing things for herself by applying for a part-time job at a zoo since she’s an animal lover. When she goes for her interview, everything seems just fine. Just a normal zoo, one might think. But that is only until Hana gets to meet the zoo director…

Published as a one-shot in issue #2/2010 of the of Weekly Shounen JUMP, and is currently serialised.

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There is symbolism in choosing this manga for the New Year 2011 – I already decided on it sometime last week, but I never realised how appropriate it was until I did bit more research on it.

Hint: 2011 is the year of the Rabbit.

I like reading it – I wouldn’t say I’m currently obsessed over it (although I do follow the serialisation) but I like the characters, the character designs and the characterisations. Beneath all the folly going on around the surface, there’s quite a lot of depth that goes underneath. It’s got a nice family setting going on which is really easy to see; this may seem ridiculous but I like how all the characters are comfortable with each other.

Plus, it’s funny. Not exactly hilarious, fall-out-of-my-chair funny, but an above average, enjoyable funny.

If you’re looking for a short one-shot though, you might want to look somewhere else. It’s got over 40 pages like the general one-shot, but the panels are small and there’s a lot of text, so there’s more things going on in the 40+ pages. Which can, admittedly, get a bit tiring if you’re not in the mood. It’s not like most of the shoujo or seinen one-shots we’ve been doing where a double page feature can just have two people looking at each other or something.

And best of all, if you really liked the one-shot, it continues. Since, well, it’s already serialised now with two volumes and all.

Rating: 3.9/5.0

-arawr >=3

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