Manga of the Month: Sgt. Frog

Sgt. Frog (ケロロ軍曹) by Mine Yoshizaki

hisui_icon_4040 As I mentioned in last month’s pick there are a few selections for Manga of the Month’s early run that we never archived and are now lost to the annals of history. I could try to deep dive the collective unconscious of the Internet and find those old posts but I rather just write some of them over now that we have a few years at this under our belts. Lets start with Sgt. Frog. It was always a bit of a strange manga license back in the day. It was clearly one of those titles that would have only been picked up at the height of the manga bubble when manga publishers in the US were trying anything and everything. It sort of existed with a minor US fanbase and it even got some of the anime released with a dub. But as time went on the series never really caught on and has pretty much faded from the collective fandom’s memory.

Since Sgt. Frog is getting a new anime series this year it seems like a good a time as any to revisit the show.

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All Points Bulletin: Lucky Frog Syndrome

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hisui_icon_4040 Alain’s picks:

  • Musical Stockholm Syndrome
    A look at how pop music worms its way into our brains. As someone who used to know a woman who would play the same song on loop for HOURS to get it out of her head this video has a “special” place in my heart.
    You could extend this thought exercise to anime openings and closings too if you wanted to.
  • The Hidden Treasure Trove of Great Female Characters in Games
    There is a little thought about genre that has a metric ton of good to great female characters. Also how we might be asking the wrong questions when we ask why medium X can’t make good female characters. There are not a lot of answers here but a look of good places to start thinking differently.
  • One Lucky Frog
    As someone who has always been a fan of Mine Yoshizaki’s art this picture of Rinko IoriAki Hinata, and Keroro  is a real treat.

narutaki_icon_4040 Kate’s picks:

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hisui_icon_4040 I decided to go with an original design from Mine Yoshizaki this time: