After Pon-Chans elderly owner invents a magic bone, his Labrador
retriever, develops the ability to transform into a beautiful
young girl. She is saved from a near fatal accident by a young,
good looking neighbour, Mira, as a dog in human guise. This
causes the two problems, as Mirai has to teach the inexperienced
Pon-Chan the ways of the world. As the relationship develops,
their feelings become confused...
many years, as an inexperienced youth, I was of the opinion
that the song Puppy Love, by the Osmand's was about a previously
unknown perversion. Of course, that was before my eyes were
opened with the advent of the Internet and the subsequent
years of therapy.
The reason that I mention this is that Guru Guru Pon-Chan
is another shojo manga (a manga designed to appeal to females)
from Satomi Ikezawa a prolific manga-ka (an honorific given
to someone considered to be an expert manga creator), whose
previous best-known work is Othello. Guru Guru
deals with the unexpected subject of a love affair between
a boy and his dog and won the 24th Kodansha Manga Prize in
Like other manga's from Tanoshimi, the book has been well
thought out for the novice reader. Apart from the main story
arc, which details Guru Guru apparently getting pregnant,
thankfully by another dog, the book provides a section on
honorifics, a preview of book eight and translation notes.
This book contains chapters twenty-six to twenty-nine.
I have to admit to finding it amusing, if a little odd in
concept, I can only presume that Ikezawa's target audience
finds the juxtaposition of romantic love and puppies cute
in the extreme. It's a light-hearted piece but also a little
insubstantial, great for reading on a bus, but I cant see
anyone reading it more than once.