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Baby & Me, Vol. 13 Kindle Edition
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Update: I have just read the final volume (18) and I am as enthused about this story as I was the first volume, even more so since her drawing improved dramatically over the years! Do not let the amount of volumes discourage you, the story of these two little boys and their father is amazing! Not all is peachy, there are funny moments, sad moments and cringe moments. But through it all, you will hate it ended!!! I really would love to see this anime! The last volume was WOW...can't say more because I do not want to spoil....MUST READ!!
But the truth is that Akachan to Boku (released in the US by VIZ as Baby & Me) is a wonderful manga series full of love, laughter and tears. The characters are wonderful. The cast is full of well rounded characters that are flawed and truthful.
The story is centered around 10-year-old Takuya. He and his little brother Minoru have lost their mother in a tragic accident. Their father is loving, but is often busy with work. Poor Takuya must spend his free-time taking care of a toddler.
The manga is full of slice of life moments in the lives of the men/boys of this family. It's heartwarming, sweet, and also tragic. Throughout the story, you feel for Takuya, the pressures in his life, and the loss. But also for Minoru, who is a curious 2 year old. There are great bits with both of them in school. And with wacky neighbors.
I don't know if I can express how touching the story is (without major spoilers). I think teens will relate to Takuya, the stress he feels, and the unfairness life sometimes holds.
At the age of 12, she had wanted to become a manga artist and began submitting manga to the same magazine until she became 16 and decided to try a different magazine, this time “Hana to Yume” and sure enough, her first submission earned her a top prize. Two years later, she would write the manga “Time Limit” and in 1991, her most successful manga series “Aka-chan to Boku” (Baby & Me),
Published in Japan by Hakusensha, the manga series would win the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1995 and receive an anime adaptation in 1996.
And now a decade later, Ragawa’s popular manga series will be released in the U.S. courtesy of Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in Feb. 2006.
I have to admit that I was impressed by Marimo Ragawa’s first volume of “Baby & Me”.
It’s a manga that has humor and emotion but it really does capture the feelings of two young people who lost their mother. The emotions are real of Takuya not having a regular childhood because he must take care of his younger brother, while his father is out at work.
And also for Minoru, still a very young child and not understanding the trouble he creates for Minoru, may it be scribbling on the TV or walls or even on the photo of Takuya, when he was a baby along with his mother.
It’s a manga series that really touches you for the way Takuya feels at the moment, of feeling that he must be a mother or someone there for Minoru and somewhat sacrificing his childhood, while his father is often being told he must remarry for the sake of the children, but Takuya being affected by that.
For Minoru, he’s young but he is also affected when he sees other children with mothers and he does not have one. Having lost his mother while a baby, he’s not at the point he remembers his mother but we start to see how he is affected by it.
But as “Baby & Me” showcases the emotions of this family, there is also quite a bit of fun moments as well. For example, Takuya’s classmate Gon is the opposite when it comes to his baby sibling Hiro. Hiro is not as emotional as Minoru but to see what happens when Minoru and Hiro are put together, you can’t help but laugh.
Marimo Ragawa’s shojo artwork is rather well done, a lot of emphasis on the eyes and hair of the character design, not so much for backgrounds but a lot of Ragawa’s panels are closeups and nicely drawn.
It appears that I’m quite captivated with this first volume and I look forward to the next! Great storyline and enjoyable characters!
Marimo Ragawa’s “Baby & Me” vol. 1 is highly recommended!
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