I’m a bit smitten with Murakami Takashi’s style (points to blog header), so I’m ecstatic that Paji is getting a reprint with a ridiculously adorable cover.
Momo is a 4 year old girl who lost both her parents. She now lives with her grandfather, who she calls “Paji.” Paji is shortened from a phrase (パパ代わりのおじいちゃん) which just says he’s a substitute father (Papa+Ojii-chan=Paji). The story is about their simple, but warm life together in their friendly neighborhood. It’s supposed to be a very “human” story. Considering his ability to make good slice of life manga (which I normally steer clear of), I believe it.
This reprint is a compilation of the “best” material from the original 9 volumes that were published from 1999-2004. There will also be an original story, new illustrations, and afterword included.