Do you have an affinity with felines? Do exotic strangers accost you in bars and hiss “Mi hermana” at you? Does Malcolm McDowell give you odd looks that make you feel really uncomfortable? Is an obscure 1980s David Bowie song part of the soundtrack to your life?
Even if you answer “no” to all these questions and haven’t the faintest idea what the second and third ones mean, FukuFuku might make a cat person out of you anyway.
It’s a slim black-and-white volume, paperback novel sized and only about 160 pages in length, but it is a heartwarming and amusing collection of 24 vignettes featuring a kitten named FukuFuku and her discovery of the world around her.
Showered with lots of love by her unnamed elderly owner, FukuFuku gets up to all kinds of mischief. Some of it is mundane (FukuFuku learns to scratch! FukuFuku chases a snowflake! FukuFuku tries human food!) and some of it a little more elaborate (FukuFuku bonds with neighbourhood cats! FukuFuku has a dream and it’s oddly like a Tim Burton movie!), but all of it is totally cute.
Kanata, creator of another bestselling manga series featuring a kitty – Chi’s Sweet Home, with an even cuter cat – tells most of the stories from the kitten’s point of view and manages to make commonplace sights seem like magnificent discoveries.
The kitty-cat is pure cat, at least the way my cat person friends have described their feline friends/masters.
No anthropomorphic antics here – OK, maybe just a rare moment when FukuFuku seems nearly like a little, furry, grumpy person – just a lot of bonding between the cat and her loving owner.
FukuFuku: Kitten Tales Vol 1 is not the kind of work you can devour in one sitting, but best appreciated in measured doses, preferably one vignette at a time. And if you can’t get enough of the wide-eyed feline, well, Vol 2 is also out now.
FukuFuku: Kitten Tales is available at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC. Call 03-2164 8133 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kinokuniya.com/my.
FukuFuku: Kitten Tales, Vol 1
Writer/artist: Konami Kanata
Publisher: Vertical Comics