Plot of the Kyattō Ninden Teyandee manga is the continuation of the anime series. The new plan of Ko'on-no-Kami to overthrow the Shogun is in action, Karamaru gets kidnapped, Wanko-no-Kami and Nyanki get fired from their position and everything goes wrong. What happens then - find out in this manga.
There are no reviews for this manga so I thought I'd write something. It's my first review though so I'd love to know what I can improve (feel free to message me).
There's something I need to clarify about my knowledge of Kyattou Ninden Teyandee before I continue. It's very limited. I watched the brazilian dub of the anime as a kid, it was based on the american version, which is called Samurai Pizza Cats.
This manga is a sequel to the japanese anime.
Last year, both the american and the japanese shows were released on DVD, as separate boxes. (I've bought them, rewatched a few american
episodes, but have yet to watch the japanese version)
Samurai Pizza Cats is not Kyatto Ninden Teyandee. The fans generally consider them two different shows. It's like they are alternate universes of each other. It only uses parts of the same script, a lot was made up by the studio that made the dub.
So it was strange seeing on this page the characters listed with their american names and descriptions. Maybe it's because the american version is the most watched by westerners, so I get that. But the characters are not exactly the same, the tone of dialogue is different and a lot of what is actually said and happens is different. Much of it was also censored (even in the japanese version of the DVD box release). "Suggestive" parts like referring to a character's breasts were either removed or had dialogue altered. It's not just a matter of american name and japanese name. So that's something to keep in mind.
For someone that has never watched any of the japanese anime, however, the manga is still very easy to follow.
In fact even if you never even watched Samurai Pizza Cats, all the characters are introduced easily and swiftly for your comprehension, and there's always a short blurb that quickly explains a past or recurring joke that usually fans of the anime would be used to.
It probably doesn't have the same effect on someone new to the series though.
This is really a "wacky" series, and often breaks the 4th wall, and I was a little surprised (in a good way) to find that this happens a lot even in the japanese version.
I can't compare it to the japanese anime, but I can say it has a lot of what I loved in Samurai Pizza Cats. It's just hilarious. It doesn't take itself seriously. At all really, so don't expect drama or character development. The violence in it is much like cartoons for kids, used mostly as comedic effect.
It's also a cute manga because of the character designs.
The art is well done, and I loved it, though there's not much of backgrounds, mostly cause everything is focused on the characters being funny. On the characters, they look just like the anime version: expressive, short and stylized animaloids (robotic anthropomorphic animals), in a charming 90's art style (the date I found on it said 1992). You can tell the people involved with this project really cared for it, and to make it a worthy sequel to the anime.
The story is far from amazing, and very similar to the formulaic adventures of the show, but like I said the appeal of this series was never about that or about emotional character connections etc, except maybe for the finale (of which I only saw the american version).
Fans of the series might not be entirely satisfied because of that. The manga goes back to the more lighthearted fun.
One subplot, at some point, got carried away and overly long, in which I wasn't very interested in, the manga itself makes fun of it. I would have liked to have gotten a bit more interaction between main characters instead. Specially considering it's probably the last bit of Teyandee story ever produced.
There were a couple of times I didn't quite get the behavior of some character, and thought the author might explain/develop more on that, but it just ends up being used as comic effect. Maybe it's just the adult me wanting to get to know these characters I love a bit more, and hoping for more than what it is.
That said, the author does a fine job honoring the anime, as far as I can tell (not having seen the japanese version).
It's short, easy to read and entertaining. I only discovered it very recently, and didn't even know of its existance.
Having watched the anime first is recommended just to appreciate the background or nostalgic appeal.