Article first published as Manga Review: Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume Four by Yumi Tsukirino on Blogcritics.
Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume Four is a manga by Yumi Tsukirino, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s VizKids imprint in 2012. The manga is rated “A,” which means that it is acceptable for all ages.
Cinnamoroll is a puppy with a tail that looks like a cinnamon roll; he also has long ears that allow him to fly in the sky. He is friends with several puppies who live near Café Cinnamon, which is a major setting in the series. His friends are Mocha, Cappuccino, Chiffon, Espresso, and Milk. At this point in the series, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of a regular antagonist added to replace Cavity, who basically disappeared in Volume Three.
The first part of this volume focuses on the adventures of Cinnamoroll and his friends, while the second part focuses on the “Pretty, Cutesy Cinnamon Angels!” The manga starts off with Cinnamoroll and his friends make a road trip to make and deliver sweets to an elementary school; however, when they reach the town, they discover that the adults are more focused on work and don’t have time for sweets or fun. Cinnamoroll and the others end up joining forces with some of the town’s children, and they try to help the adults remember what it was like to have fun.
There are also stories about Cinnamoroll and his friends trying to sell crepes in the woods, visiting a museum, celebrating Halloween, participating in a cooking contest, participating in a snow sculpting contest, visiting a hot spring, and trying to help Milk “fly” as a birthday present. There are also three stories that have to do with love. The stories are done in the exact same saccharine style that appeared in the previous three volumes of the series, and any conflict in the series is rather minimal.
The “Pretty, Cutesy Cinnamon Angels!” portion of this volume is a little better than what appeared in Volume Three. While there is still some emphasis on female stereotypes, this aspect seems to have been toned down in Volume Four. And, unlike Volume Three, there is essentially one continuous story presented instead of several vignettes. I think this presentation helped with the decreased emphasis on female stereotypes. However, the story presented in this section does feel a tad bit unbelievable; to me, it almost read like a fanfiction story written by a 13 or 14-year-old.
Even if I don’t appreciate this series very much, it should still appeal to its target demographic. Personally, I would recommend Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll to readers between the ages of eight and 10.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume Four that I checked out through the King County Library System.