Hello, welcome back to “Manga on a Monday” the manga review series that has consistently only reviewed things no one cares about. This week we’ll be taking a look at the classic long-running comedy-Shounen manga series, Sgt. Frog (Keroro Gunsou), specifically Vol. 1.
Not before I get into reviewing the actual content, I would like to take a quick look at the quality of the volume itself (specifically the Tokyo Pop edition). The first thing that stood out to me was how absolutely atrocious the cover art of this volume is. It features a weirdly complex (probably prototypical) design of Sgt. Frog, floating in the air with electricity, a boring logo, and the other main characters flipping shit. I can tell you right here and now that if I didn’t already know what Sgt. Frog was I would never have bought this manga, just judging by the awful cover art. The book contains three short pages of bonus content, but I’m used to Vertical manga at this point, so I had almost forgotten that that’s about average. This volume also doesn’t have color pages at the beginning, although it does have pages that have better shading than the rest. The paper quality also isn’t the best, but eh, whatever.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, on to the content proper. This first volume introduces us to Sgt. Frog as well as the three other main characters, and a few other “frogs”. Most of the characters are to some extent generic tropes but they were still entertaining enough to read interacting with one another. The comedy was once in a while downright hilarious, but unfortunately most of the time it kind of fell flat. It’s certainly not the best comedy manga ever (I would give that award to Nichijou) but it’s also not the worst, it’s at best middling. The concept of the series is kind of humorous, but a more skilled writer could have done it better. The art is also not that best as many times during the manga I was thinking to myself “I hate how this looks”. Of course, nothing ever looks as bad as the character art in say, Voices of a Distant Star, but they’re never great. Although I have heard from fans that the art and writing get exponentially better, so these criticisms may only be valid for the first volume or two.
With that I think, I will be leaving you. leave your thoughts and opinions on the post and the mang down below. If you have any suggestions for manga I should cover in the future, leave them down there as well. Au Revoir.