Manga Review: Dream of the Butterfly

Dream of The Butterfly Vol 1 by Richard Marazano
Dream of The Butterfly Vol 1: Rabbits on the Moon 
by Richard MarazanoLuo Yin (Illustrator)

3 out of 5 stars

Little Tutu is lost in a snowstorm and travels to a magical land where animals talk and humans aren’t welcome. She is forced to work in a factory, and befriends several groups that need her help to rebel against the emperor. But Tutu is just trying to find her way back home, and the emperor asks her bring him a rare spring butterfly with mysterious powers.

I liked the imaginative characters and setting, but the plot is jumping all over the place and there’s not really enough time spent on any

one scene to give depth to the characters. Several things are left unexplained in the middle of the volume, and maybe they will be explained in later books, but it just left me confused with too many questions.
The issue of manners and courtesy is brought up several times, and I found it annoying that Tutu will accuse others of being rude to her (which they are), even though she herself is being rude. She gets all offended when someone insults her, but she insulted them too! Everyone is offended all the live-long day, all the while talking obnoxiously about how important it is to be courteous.

Tutu is a poorly-constructed character, because she will pour out her heart to some random cat or frog or panda in one scene, and be very wary and careful around some other character in the next scene. So in one scene she is trusting and open, and the very next minute she’s cautious and reluctant to trust anyone. Her character flip-flopped all over the place.

The artwork is lovely, with beautiful colors. The story just needed better structure, and the characters needed more definition.

Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

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