Alright! I’ve decided there’s way too many things out there to share and review, so I’m doing two review posts a week! Mondays AND Thursdays! You’re welcome. ೕ(･ㅂ･ )
Today, we’re going to take a look at one of the most adorable little comics out there: Tonton Friends.
Tonton Friends is a Korean-produced series of short comics featuring four main characters (the cast is now expanding slightly). There’s the prissy tsundere cat Bella, the lovestruck Shiba dog Yuta, the socially anxious bear Winnie, and the snacking and snoozing bunny Tobi. Each comic features one or more of the chubby friends in a simple, wholesome scenario.
While Tonton Friends is produced in Korean, the artist also provides translations into English. But a lot of the comics include no text at all – it’s not necessary for the cute scenes played out in 4-or-so panels. This makes it perfect for Little Space – minimal reading or comprehension required!
In the last year or so, Tonton Friends has seen massive success in developing their brand. The company now offers some merchandise, which honestly sells out very quickly! I was unlucky when the first plush line came out during my recovery from cancer and missed the window of opportunity to snag a squishy friend. But I was much MORE lucky last month when a new line of plushies came out. (My Winnie plush finally arrived yesterday!) The Tonton Forest website (where you can purchase merch) still has limited quantities of the plushies available, as well as a few other merch options. I really want to snap up some of the enamel pins…
What I really love about Tonton friends is how sweet and wholesome the comics are. They’re simply designed, they’re not busy or cluttered, and they always bring a smile to my face. Even without a ton of words or story, each character has a distinct personality that really shines through. Winnie is definitely my personal favorite. Plus, their pudgie plumpness makes me feel a bit more comfortable with my own fluffiness!
FRITTER RATE: 9 Squishy Friends out of 10
Appropriate Little Age Range: ANY