Half-vampire half-werekoala Paifu lives happily in a monster village with his flatulent ghost friend Jose, always getting into wacky misadventures. But when a sickness begins to spread through the residents its up to Paifu and his friends to track down the needed medicine. Along with ex-wrestler Mako Maruyama and Paifu's self-proclaimed arch nemesis Arpon, the duo will travel through monster and human territories alike to find the Witch and her medicine before it's too late!
Manga in 200 Words: Cowa! Premise: Young monsters realize that something bad is happening to their friends and family. The Monster Flu is making everyone sick, and without the medicine, everyone will die. Paifu, a half-vampire half-werekoala, and José, a ghost, must find a way to save their town before it’s too late! Audience: Young boys. Elementary age? It really seems like a pre-pubescent manga, because Toriyama isn’t using any dirty humor like he did in Dragon Ball. (Yes, that Dragon Ball.) Art: It’s very true to Toriyama’s style, but the lack of muscles and fireballs may be a bit off-putting for some. Supernatural Elements: The werekoala thing is strange, but handled fairly well. Of course, the fact that no one tells you what Paifu is until after he transforms makes the first appearance a bit unsettling. (That’s not a wolf… is it a bear?) Just a side-note, I didn’t spoil anything by telling you about Paifu; it’s on the back of the volume. Plot: It’s a simple and immature story, and it promotes dishonesty if it produces results. Think mischief, not manipulation. Overall: Not much there, but decent quality for what is given. Cowa! is definitely best for children.
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