- Categories:Misc, Comic Book
- Comic Title: Bakeru-kun
The introductory volume of Fujiko F Fujio's amazing children's
comic of a boy who is given the gift of being able to transform
himself into just about anything by a friendly alien, has scores of
changes to appeal to most fans of the genre. A pre-teen boy named
Kawaru is forced to recover a lost toy in a neighbors spooky house
when he discovers the occupant switching from several different
bodies in the form of dolls, with the previous body itself
shrinking down to doll size. When the alien leaves (in the mother's
body) Kawaru investigates and, like the alien, presses a dolls
nose. To his astonishment he turns into a full sized version of the
doll, the family dog, while his own body is shrunk down to doll
size. The alien captures him, restores him to his body and before
departing from Earth gives Kawaru the house and all the dolls in
it. The alien leaves transformed into a flying saucer and Kawaru
immediately trys out one of the dolls, transforming into the mother
to fool his parents.
The main dolls include:
Bakeru-kun, another pre-teen boy who displays great athletic
ability by regularly jumping over walls and even leaping from roof
to roof, and is also a great swimmer and baseball player (Kawaru is
useless at most sports).
Bakeru's sister, also a good athlete but is often used by Kawaru to
do his homework, and to manipulate the neighborhood bully.
Bakeru's mother, a homemaker and hostess with skills in cleaning,
and, as we learn in later volumes, in sewing, cooking and in
looking after the sick.
Bakeru's father, whose primary purpose is to be the family's
breadwinner, aided by a literally bottomless wallet that produces
unlimited 1000 yen notes.
The family dog, possessed of a keen sense of smell which has helped
Kawaru out on several occasions.
In this collection of stories we see some of Kawaru's creativity in
using his doll collection, including being able to transfer his
consciousness into several dolls at once, initially unable to have
them operate independently (all synchronized in their speech and
actions) but eventually learning to multi-task as it were.
Highlights include taking a public bath, transforming into the
Frankenstein monster to deal with some villains, turning into Santa
Claus and flying to the North Pole in his saucer form.
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originally posted by guest (Justin) on 2005-12-30, 3 edits, entryid=1032