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When I found out that this was by the authors of The Promised Neverland, I knew I had to read it and now I can review it! Story: Poppy is a toaster robot made by Takashi the recluse who wants to see the world and make many friends. A simple goal set within a short one shot that deals with being different and wanting to be accepted by others. Art: This was made before The Promised Neverland was conceived, so the art is a bit rough in comparison. But what's important is that the art portrays the emotions to be recieved by the readers. Personally I think the one shot would look better being fully in color. Characters: We have Poppy who wants to have a humanoid body and to see the world and is easy to see as an optimist, who actually shares that innocent character that is similiar to Emma's in The Promised Neverland. It doesn't take long for Takashi to to tell him that he is different from other people, saying he wants to make him more human so he is accepted. Poppy is sad at how machines are treated but by the end Takashi has explained more about their world and how he tried being more like others than himself, but this lead to him being a recluse and creating Poppy so he could have a friend. By the end self-identity is a huge theme for the characters. Its interesting with the universe building but I don't see the authors returning to expand the one-shot into a series, but its still a good read nevertheless.
The theme of this manga is the conflict between hiding your true self versus sharing the undesirable aspects of yourself despite the risk of people rejecting you. Poppy's undesirable "true self" is the fact that he's an android. Takashi's is the fact that he's an earthling, and consequently has to crudely jam food into his facial mouth rather than his abdominal mouth. The most important scene is when Poppy cries at Takashi's suggestion that he keep his robot-ness a secret. Hiding aspects of himself would be the antithesis of self-love, of self-respect, and would be tantamount to saying that there was something wrong with himself. And even though this is just a oneshot and we don't see whether the two of them are actually able to make friends or not, at least we're left knowing that Poppy (and presumably Takashi) will live their lives with self-respect and integrity and will continue to persevere despite the constant rejection. Though if this manga was more than a oneshot, portraying that perseverence would make this a much less optimistic manga as it would have to show the slow chipping away at their self-esteem.