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Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar
by Zoro on November 4th, 2011, 9:22pm

Rating - 8 / 10.0

User rating of this review - N/A out of 5
Story/Plot - 3.5 out of 5
Characters - 4 out of 5
Drawing Style - 3.7 out of 5
Enjoyment - 4.6 out of 5
Overall - 4 out of 5

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Plot/Story
I have lots to say about Usuta and his over-exaggerated but whimsical frontier. With a series like this, he has set out new obstacles for himself. As he tries to hide that little detail in his career, he creates a story about Kiyohiko the guitarist (we then refer to him as Piyohiko). Kiyohiko is much of a pushover when compared with the ever assured Jaguar the recorder-player. By a stroke of a chance these two characters were able to meet, and with some irritation and conviction Jaguar forces himself a new friend in Kiyohiko. Although it never sustains that reliable partnership seen in other series, this is what makes the series so ingratiatingly funny.

The plot however takes a rather large hit because of it's content, being a simple gag and not focusing on where a series like this could go. In all fairness, a gag series doesn't need to develop into anything gigantic, such as Gintama does. It is the gem of it's kind, although not to tread paths with series like Yotsubato. The story concentrates on character development, and for a long while we accept that as the basis of this series. Having read only the first 7 volumes I can only assume we continue to develop these characters, individually and together as a group.

How can I put this gently, a story like this could easily be filled in half the volumes it actually did reach. Arcs in this series are episodic, which is an appropriate method for a gag. I think you'll find that the construction for a stronger plot is buried somewhere in this manga, and if you keep reading it you'll eventually discover it. But with so much dialogue, it begs for longer chapters, and so do we.

Characters
Jaguar is the most unconventional character you'll ever encounter. Capricious in his own sense of the word, he struts about the story as if he was writing it himself, which is an impressive way of writing yourself into your own story. We never find out what truly motivates him because after every sensitive situation he instantly changes back to the exaggerated character he always is, which I find to be absolutely hilarious in most cases. Can a regular character stand up to the caliber of Jaguar's ego? His self-esteem is never dwarfed in this series. Jaguar doesn't have a doubtful bone in his body, which causes him to be the hero everyone looks for, even if rationality isn't in his dictionary.

Kiyohiko is the more complicated character in this series. He is our medium to learning the irregularities of Jaguar's world. His character was forced and brainwashed, not literally, by Jaguar's very face. Charismatic or not, Jaguar's presence changes Kiyohiko, and he knows someone like Jaguar can change him, despite the means. In most cases Kiyohiko doesn't agree with Jaguar's methods or reasoning, but Kiyohiko never really has a say in the matter.

We get sucked into a world filled with crazy antics from more and more characters Usuta decides to throw in. Usuta's technique is recognized by using other miniature characters to get absorbed into Jaguar's personality, developing him in more ways than one. As his encounter with Porgy, he proves himself more skilled in just playing amazing music, and even though he's far from being a master at anything except the recorder he experiments with the delicacies of the world. This makes it hard for us to place such a masterful character, because we know there's never going to be anyone able to match such a professional.

Drawing Style
Sad to say, Usuta doesn't like to overwhelm us with his artistic prowess, but he loves to grace us with a glimpse of beauty where he deems necessary, because despite his lack of art in a lot of pages it can't hide the fact that he is an exceptionally talented artist. In a gag series like Jaguar, or maybe the thought of it running in a magazine like the weekly shounen jump, Usuta believes that simplicity ultimately captures an audience. Unfortunately the genre doesn't suit most readers.

Enjoyment
If you love to burst into uncontrollable laughter than series would be right up there with many of the classic chuckles. The set up for all of Usuta's jokes are authentic and undeniably funny. I recommend reading Jaguar as he throws himself into unbelievable settings and somehow finds his way out. Usuta loves to make fun of his characters, his is mirrored a lot by employing Jaguar to tug the ropes and pull the strings, a rather annoying trait that other characters hate him for.

Overall
Just a blast! It takes you only a few chapters to understand the personalities of each character, as they are so very well paced into the series. New discoveries and jokes you'd never even hear of compiled into this miniature series. The smallest nuances found in this series are easily revealed to be something ridiculous, which in turn make you laugh out loud. Don't toss this short-chaptered series aside, I guarantee it'll have you rolling on the floor.
 
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