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Strawberry Marshmallow, Volume 5 Paperback – 8 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (8 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427804699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427804693
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ~Sarah~ on 29 April 2011
Format: Paperback
This is easily one of the best manga's I have ever read, for those of you who haven't read the first books don't worry you don't need them but they are also brilliant. The basic story is four 12-13 year old girls and one 16 year old involved in funny (and a little random) situations, there's no fixed story line so if your looking for a more serious manga then this isn't for you. The general feel of this manga is similar to lucky star (also a manga I recommend) so if that's your thing then so is this
The drawings are gorgeous and are what originally attracted me to this manga and the girls are sooooo cute. I love this manga and have read it over and over I really recommend it.
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My daughter wanted these for Christmas and it's getting harder to find new. She enjoyed them so much she read them all on Christmas Day. Fast delivery
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Cute Is Justice! 19 Mar. 2009
By Tsuyoshi - Published on
Format: Paperback
The five cute girls' zany slice-of-life stories continue. Actually they are zanier than ever with unpredictable Miu and her pranks that become even sillier than before; klutzy Matsuri and her best friend Ana (and some secrets about their names); Chika who becomes more self-assertive and chain-smoking Nobue, "violent" sister figure of the group. Here is the list of these hilarious episodes in Volume 5:

Episode 41: The Album
Episode 42: Part-Time Pain Part II: Unemployment
Episode 43: Hat's Meow II: Catsuri's Doom
Episode 44: Name Game
Episode 45: Alone
Episode 46: English Girls in Hamamatsu
Episode 47: Pudding
Episode 48: Matsuri's Rehab Project
Episode 49: Heart Attacks
Episode 50: Friends or Lovers
Episode 51: Proverbs

There are more verbal gags than before (jokes based on the girls' names, for instance), but the translating team did a very good job and I think you can enjoy their funny "name game" and "proverbs." My favorite is Episode 49 in which, believe me or not, Miu remains seen, but not heard.

Apparently creator Barasui's narrative style hasn't changed much for Volume 5, but there are a few interesting points to be noted. The five girls' personalities are much clearer than before and as a consequence the story of each episode (mostly set in Nobue's house) is more character-driven, giving "timid" Matsuri more chances to shine.

[BOOK] Tokyopop' edition has the same front and back covers as the Japanese original except the background designs. But the original's two color pages are printed in black and white....again. This really should be changed in the future.

It is widely known among fans that the character designs of the comic "Strawberry Marshmallow" (especially that of Nobue) underwent several drastic changes in Volume 1. Interestingly some Japanese fans point out that in Volume 5 the characters' faces are at some places slightly (very slightly) rounder than before. I didn't notice that when I read the comic first, but perhaps they are right. See it for yourself.

And here are some things you might find interesting:
1) It has been suggested Ana Coppola is a daughter of a rich family. Now it is official. In this volume Miu finds a 10,000 yen note (about $ 100) in Ana's purse. (See p.27)

2) Miu's weird cry "Fungaah" (p. 29) is a famous line by Fujiko Fujio's popular manga character "Franken" from "Kaibutsukun." You might remember hearing the same line in the opening of anime "Lucky Star."

(And finally Volume 6 of Japanese edition of "Strawberry Marshmallow" is published here! We have waited about 22 months since the publication of Volume 5.)
More of the same... 1 July 2013
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on
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Which is not a bad thing. When you go out for Chinese you don't want pizza. When you open a manga of Strawberry Marshmallow you don't want gun fights, explosions, plots, and whiny teenagers in comedy romance stories. Okay, maybe a gunfight would be cool.
We get a job search by Nobue with unwanted help from Miu, English homework with unwanted help from Miu, and hide-and-seek with a twist from Miu. We also learn the very weird story on why Nobue started to smoke.
Five Stars 5 Aug. 2015
By Vincent L. Yankey - Published on
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Funny book about funny kids.
Cutest manga ever! 22 Mar. 2015
By Amanda - Published on
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So adorable! I love this manga it always makes me laugh and it makes me so happy. I hope that they will be making a volume 6 or at least if they did to translate it in English. Miu and Nobue are my favorite characters since they make me laugh so much! I recommend to purchase and read this manga because its just so cute and funny!
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