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I hadn’t heard of this series prior to receiving an email from the publisher, and I thought, what the heck? I have been trying to catch up on old series and discover new ones after my manga reading hiatus (which lasted for years), so I decided to check this out. Overall I found it silly and fun, more of a palate cleanser because of it’s light-hearted storylines.
Patty is a demon. She’s kind of weak. So weak, in fact, that all the demon familiars have run at the sight of her, leaving Norman Volcanello, a human, as her familiar. Norman is just as much of a misfit as Patty. He is obsessed with discovering and researching new life forms, so serving as Patty’s familiar allows him access to the demon world. Watch out, demons! Norman is all about sketching, measuring, and observing all of your behavior!
When Patty learns that her father has skipped out on his loans again, leaving her with no allowance, she quickly decides that she and Norman must locate him. And off they go on an adventure across the demon world.
This first installment is comprised of mainly episodic chapters chronicling Patty and Norman’s journey to find her father. Patty is a very inexperienced traveler, and Norman is more interested in his research than anything else. Anything else being physical comfort, safety, and forget about staying out of trouble. Both Patty and Norman blunder from one mess to the next, surviving through a mix of dumb luck and happy circumstances. Patty just wants to find her father, and Norman just wants to conduct his research, so the two are propelled onward from one misadventure after another.
I was pleasantly surprised by the art. It’s detailed and peppy, with comedic facial expressions as our duo stumbles town to town, looking for Patty’s deadbeat dad. The humor is inoffensive and never mean-spirited, focusing on ridiculous situations and Norman’s obsession with discovering new creatures. The other demons are agog that Patty has a human familiar, because really, how useful is that?? I’m not usually a a huge fan of comedies (don’t judge!) but I found this funny and cute.
Grade: 3.75 stars
Review copy provided by publisher
About the book:
AN UNFAMILIAR JOURNEY
When the devil girl Patty finds she’s too weak to summon an animal familiar, she chooses a human instead. His name: Norman Volcanello–an eccentric guy with a dangerous fascination with exotic life forms. As Patty and Norman set out to find her missing father, an offbeat adventure begins!