Sgt. Frog v.1 by Mine Yoshizaki – 188 pages
Earth is invaded by a horde of aliens intent on conquest- but the invasion is canceled, and the advance team is stranded on our world. Sgt. Keroro, the frog-like alien, comes to live with the Hinata family- Fuyuki, his older sister Natsumi, and their mother Momoko. Adjusting to life on Earth means getting stuck with the bulk of the household chores and suffering the wrath of Natsumi, but also getting a room, just slightly haunted, and the freedom to build Gundam models. Kero meets up with his comrade-in-arms Private Tamama, who’s living with Fuyuki’s classmate Nishizawa, who has a crush on him. The rich Nishizawa invites the Hinatas to a private resort island for a vacation, and hijinks ensue. I watched many episodes of the anime before picking up the beginning of the manga, and while it’s interesting to compare the two for how they vary slightly, the small panels feel crowded, and I prefer the anime for how it brings the story to life. The nonsense opening theme song, Kero’s laugh, and the fourth-wall breaking narrator are all gold. Presented either way, Sgt. Frog is a funny, funny story.