Review: Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Deserted Island Diary vol 1 by Kokonasu Rumba

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Join your favorite villagers from Animal Crossing: New Horizons on new adventures!
What do the villagers of Animal Crossing: New Horizons get up to when you’re not around? Find out all about their antics in this hilarious manga filled with goofy gags and silly stories! Plus, read comics that highlight each villager, as well as get tips and tricks for playing the game in a special bonus section.

I was just discussing this manga with my boyfriend and he said ‘there’s good weird and there’s bad weird’, and let me tell you, this is not the good weird. I’ve been playing Animal Crossing for around 15 years, and when I saw there was going to be manga released, of course I wanted to read this. But the thing is about new releases in relation to things you love is that they can go either way, and this one wasn’t the best.

What I wanted from this manga was for it to be similar to Dobutsu no Mori, the 2006 film following the story inspired by Animal Crossing Wild World. Although a little odd in places, the film is charming and feels genuinely inspired by the characters from the game. I can see how this manga attempts to do the same, but it really fell flat for me.

This book is split into 4 (I think?) mini-comics and the second half of the book is character cards and tips and tricks starting the game. However, I’m confused whether this is targeted at people who already love the series or are getting into the game for the first time. The whole manga seems confused about what it’s trying to be.

The four characters in this one travel to a deserted island and comically miss the point of setting up life on the island. But instead of being charming and funny, this one just seemed to missed the point and fell completely flat for me.

★★★
2.5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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