DI GI CHARAT THEATER: DEJIKO’S ADVENTURE
Dejiko Adventure • Yuki Kiriga (story and art), Koge-Donbo (original concept) • Broccoli Books (2004–2007) • Kadokawa Shoten (Dragon Junior, 2000–2002) • 3 volumes • Otaku, Comedy • All Ages
Di Gi Charat spin-off manga, printed in Dragon Junior, a magazine aimed at readers in their early teens. The plot involves Dejiko and friends trying to find a mysterious treasure in order to rebuild Gamers after accidentally destroying it in the first volume. The books consist partly of 3–5-page stories about Dejiko’s quest and partly of four-panel gag strips parodying other manga genres. The art is generally good and varied; it’s perfect if you’d like to see the Di Gi Charat cast in a variety of costumes (pirates, samurai, etc.). However, the plot is frequently ignored; it’s less like a manga than an art book with word balloons. (MJS)
Koge-Donbo, various artists • Broccoli Books (2003) • 1 volume • Otaku, Comedy • All ages
Di Gi Charat spin-off manga, consisting of 3–5-page stories by various artists, including Koge-Donbo and Kanan. Most of the stories focus on Piyoko and the Black Gema Gema Gang, the antagonists of the series. Also includes rough sketches of the Gema Gema Gang, interviews with Koge-Donbo, and early Di Gi Charat comic strips from the monthly promotional magazine From Gamers. Similar in format to Di Gi Charat Theater: Dejiko’s Summer Vacation, although the books can be read independently of one another.