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One Fine Day, Volume 1

Review

One Fine Day, Volume 1

written and illustrated by Sirial

A cat left out in the rain is told by a dog and mouse to follow them. The cat complies, and the three of them end up at a house belonging to a bespectacled man named No-ah, who welcomes the cat in as part of the family.

One Fine Day is rated “All Ages” and really feels like a children’s read. It has no central plot or real conflict, instead concentrating on sweet and cute things. The animals do have dilemmas now and then, but it’s never anything serious. If someone older than a child were to read One Fine Day, it’s probably because of how cute the art is. The drawings are rather enjoyable, and the characters look precious no matter what.

Sometimes the animals (Nanai the dog, Guru the cat, and Pritz Rang the mouse) are shown as exactly what they are. At other times, they’re shown as semihuman. The cat has a boy’s body alongside cat ears and a tail. The mouse often looks like a little child wearing a hooded costume. Whether they’re shown as animals or semipeople, they’re very adorable. No-ah sometimes refers to them as his “kids”, and they can romp around and act like his offspring. Occasionally while playing, they’ll make a mess and he’ll have to clean it up. He’s always patient with them, and though sometimes he can get exasperated, he keeps a loving home for his three companions.

The book is divided into 13 days, or sections. Each day has its own little story going on. Names for these days include “Cookie-Baking Day,” “A Lovely, Clear Day,” and “Snowy, Snowy Night.” The book is as fluffy and saccharine as these titles suggest.

This could be a good book for youngsters to read. Each page has adorable drawings, and some of the words are kind of big (from an early elementary school standpoint), so kids might learn to read new words. This is a Korean graphic novel, so it reads the same way as English books, unlike Japanese graphic novels, which read the opposite way. On the other hand, it might just be fun for adults to read One Fine Day to their little ones.

The stories in here were previously published in the American magazine Yen Plus, so anyone who has enjoyed them there might want to own them in book form. However, this is volume one, so it’s not every story made about One Fine Day.

While having no main storyline, this graphic novel gets kudos for its artwork and the sweet nature of it that ought to attract young readers.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on January 26, 2010

One Fine Day, Volume 1
written and illustrated by Sirial

  • Publication Date: January 26, 2010
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press
  • ISBN-10: 0759530564
  • ISBN-13: 9780759530560