Manga Monday: Peter Panda

Monday, July 26, 2010

Peter Panda
Mangaka NA Yeri
Genre(s) manhwa, drama, comedy, psychological, romance(?), school life, tragedy, supernatural
Year 2005
Volumes 4
Summary  taken from Baka-Updates
The main character, Rui, is a hardworking and happy girl. One day, her neighbor moves away and leaves behind a stuffed panda bear. Rui decided to take it home, since she's always loved panda bears. She goes to sleep with it one night, and discovers herself in bed with a stranger (who also happens to look like her ideal man) the next morning. He introduces himself as Peter, and that is how she ends up meeting three other guys...

Scanlated by Entropy
Translation A
Scan Quality A+
Editing Quality A-

Based on the title and summary, you would assume this is an adorable little manga about love and a magical stuffed panda. That is part of it, to be sure, but the fluffy little panda storyline seems to quickly take a backseat to the messed up psychological issues of the rest of the characters. This manga gets dark. It's kind of an interesting mix, I suppose--the magical panda doesn't seem to really fit with the overall theme of the story. He's not even the comic relief, really; the interactions between the mentally-screwed yet bishi-rific male characters (see image below) are the funny parts. I am still undecided as to whether the ending is completely perfect or completely unsatisfying. Note my pointed question mark added next to the genre of "romance." Still, though, it's a touching story and the art is pretty.

Note: A bit less than half-way through there is a single chapter side story. Don't get confused!


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