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Rilakkuma Comic Book 2
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Rilakkuma Comic Strip Book 2

I introduced the first book in the Rilakkuma 4kuma Manga series in the last post. The book was released in 2010. And  Rilakkuma 4kuma Manga 2 was released in 2011. These two books are popular in Japan!

Today I’ll introduce Rilakkuma 4kuma Manga 2! The cover shows Rilakkuma sleeping and him spilling some food. The back cover shows Kiiroitori cleaning up the food that Rilakkuma spilled.

Here are some of my favorite comic strips from this book.

Now on Sale!

  1. Kiiroitori looks at a flyer showing a spring sale.
  2. Kiiroitori says to Rilakkuma, “This yellow bean bag pillow is so old. You should dispose of this.”
  3. Kiiroitori says, “The new ones are not expensive now.” But Rilakkuma resists buying a new one.
  4. Rilakkuma lies on his old yellow pillow. He looks like he is feeling good, and says, “This battered pillow is more comfortable.”
Rilakkuma loves his yellow pillow very much! Hmm, many people have their own favorite things!

April Fools

  1. Rilakkuma says, “My ears are made of castella.” He said same thing In 4kuma Manga 1! And Korilakkuma and Kiiroitorii bit his ears and found this is not true.
  2. Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori say, “Same joke again…” Rilakkuma says, “Here!”
  3. Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori smell his ears and say, “Sweet smell!”
  4. And Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori bite his ears again! Rilakkuma says, “I put vanilla essence on my ears.” He looks satisfied.
They are good at having fun in their normal life!

 Hope

  1. Korilakkuma has his stuffed penguin. The stuffed penguin looks dirty and says, “Because I’m getting dirty…”
  2. Korilakkuma washes the penguin and the penguin says, “He washes me…”
  3. Korilakkuma drys the penguin outside and the penguin says, “He drys me.”
  4. And the stuffed penguin says, “But I hope he drys me inside because I have an allergy to pollen.”

Many people have an allergy to pollen in Japan. It starts in March and ends in May. I didn’t know the stuffed penguin has an allergy to pollen too! I hope Korilakkuma drys him inside in spring!

Oranges

  1. Kiiroitori finds Korilakkuma eating oranges. Kiiroitori says, “Ah!”
  2. Kiiroitori says to Korilakkuma, “You eat too many oranges.”
  3. Kiiroitori says, “Your hands will get yellow if you eat oranges too much.”
  4. Rilakkuma looks at his yellow hands. He thinks about why his hands are yellow.

I don’t know it’s true or not, but many people say, ”Your hands will get yellow if you eat oranges too much.” in Japan. Maybe it’s just a superstition.

Bottom of the Book

And this book is a flip book too! There also have many cute pictures on the bottom of this book. The story: Korilakkuma puts Kiiroitori on a pancake and throws the pancake! Kiiroitori and the pancake fly to Rilakkuma. And Rilakkuma eats the pancake that Kiiroitorii rode on. And Kiiroitori flies by himself! He says, “I can fly!” But then Kiiroitori falls down. Poor Kiiroitori.

There are about 100 episodes in this book. I could know more about their characters through this Rilakkuma 4kuma Manga series. I hope I can read the other books in this series. Then I can introduce more about their life from these series!

Rilakkuma Comic Book 1
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Rilakkuma Comic Strip Book 1

Today I’ll introduce some Rilakkuma comic strips from the Rilakkuma 4Kuma Manga book series!

Do you know yonkoma? In Japanese, yon means four, and kuma means panel. Yonkoma is a comic-strip format that generally consists of gag comic strips within four panels of equal size ordered from top to bottom. So Rilakkuma 4kuma Manga means Rilakkuma’s yonkoma. These yonkoma were serialized on Shufu-to-seikatsusha web site. And now six comic books have been released.

The contents are so cute! But I think the Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series are more meaningful. Some contents are related to Japanese seasonal events so it’s a little difficult to understand what they mean. But through 4kuma Manga we can see their happy and lazy life!

Now I will introduce some of my favorite episodes from the first book of Rilakkuma 4kuma Manga! The cover shows Rilakkuma sleeping and he is slobbering on the book. The back cover shows Kiiroitori cleaning Rilakkuma’s saliva off the book.

Rilakkuma Comic 1

Nice to meet you!

  1. Rilakkuma lies down on his favorite yellow bean bag pillow and says, “Nice to meet you. I’m Rilakkuma.”
  2. “Ah, my ears are made of castella.”
  3. Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori bite his ears! Rilakkuma says, “Ah!”
  4. His ears are messed up and Rilakkuma says, “Sorry, it’s joking.”

Nightmare

  1. Korilakkuma wakes up and cries because he had a nightmare.
  2. Korilakkuma sees that Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori are sleeping.
  3. Korilakkuma turns on the light. Kiiroitori is awake! Rilakkuma is still sleeping.
  4. Korilakkuma wants  Kiiroitori to be awake until Korilakkuma falls asleep. Kiiroitori says, “Ah, should I watch you till you fell asleep?” Rilakkuma is still sleeping.

We can see that Korilakkuma is so cowardly, Kiiroitori is so good to Korilakkuma, and Rilakkuma loves sleeping so much!

Adventure

  1. The radio controlled duck is running and says, “Hi, I’m  the radio controlled duck. I’m running!”
  2. He is running on Rilakkuma and says, “Go! Go!”
  3. He tries to fly from Rilakkuma’s head! “Fly to the future!”
  4. But he falls down on Kiiroitori’s head.

I ‘m happy to find out that the radio controlled duck can speak!

 Real Intention

  1. Korilakkuma’s stuffed penguin and the radio controlled duck are talking. The penguin says, “Duck, I envy you because you can move.” The duck says, “You think so?”
  2. The Duck says, “He is so rough, I always have scratch. And I flew recently.”
  3. The Penguin looks so dirty and a little sad and says, “I’m more dirty”.
  4. Korilakkuma looks at them with some evil plan behind them. They are surprised.

I didn’t know Korilakkuma’s toys are also alive! I love their dialogue! I think they are became dirty  because Korilakkuma loves them so much. He takes them every where with him.

Bottom of the Book

There are cute pictures on the bottom of this book.  We can enjoy these pictures as a flip book! The story: Rilakkuma has so many dangos and throws the dangos. Kiiroitori catches the dangos with a stick. But he can’t catch every dangos because there are too many dangos.

Rilakkuma Book 5
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Rilakkuma Books: Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series 3

[Tori Dayori -Rilakkuma Seikatsu 3] is the third book in the Rilakkuma Seikatsu book series and was released in 2005. Tori means bird in Japanese, and Dayori means letter. Maybe you know what monologues are in this book. Yes! Kiiroitori’s monologues!

As you know Rilakkuma is so lazy, and Korilakkuma is so mischievous. So Kiiroitori takes good care of them when Kaoru isn’t home. He cleans their room everyday, and if Korilakkuma is in a trouble Kiiroitori helps him. Kiiroitori knows what his job is and does his best everyday. So his monologues are different from Rilakkuma’s. They cheer me up like this:

タチアガレイ!

Stand up!

マッテイテモカワランゾ

It will not change if you are only waiting. (If you want to change something, you should do something.)

ONダケデモダメ OFFダケデモダメ

It’s not good to be only ON or only OFF. (We need both on time and off time.)

0%ナンテナイ

There is no 0%. (If you do your best you might be able to do something that you think is impossible. Kiiroitori can’t fly now. But he believes he can fly one day. He doesn’t give up on his dream.)

Kiiroitori is opposite to Rilakkuma. Rilakkuma’s monologhes make me relax, Kiiroitori’s monologues cheer me up! Of course I want to be relaxed everyday. But sometimes I have to work very hard. During these times, Kiiroitori’s monologues fit me because I need someone who cheers me up. After I work hard like Kiiroitori, I need Rilakkuma’s relaxed monologes to be relaxed. I need both Rilakkuma’s view and Kiiroitori’s view in my life.

Rilakkuma Book 3
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Rilakkuma Books: Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series 2

[Dararan Biyori – Riakkuma Seikatsu 2] is the second book in the Rilakkuma Seikatsu series and was released in November 2004. Dararan is a phrase that Rilakkuma says often. Maybe it means lazy and enjoy. Dara means lazy. Ran is sound you make when you are enjoying something. Biyori means “fine weather”. So the title means “fine weather to be lazy and have fun”.

Korilakkuma debuted in this book! So there are many Rilakkuma monologues related to Korilakkuma. In this book, Rilakkuma’s monologues are not only lazy but also having fun with someone special. Here are some of the monologues below.

一緒が楽しい相手はきちょうですよ

Someone you can be happy with is very precious. (If you have someone whom you can be relaxed and happy with, you should cherish him/her.)

なにを食べるか より どう食べるか だと 思いません?

Do you think it’s important “how we eat” rathern than “what we eat”? (A happy dinner depends on how you eat including who you eat with and what you are talking. It doesn’t depend on how good of a dinner you eat.)

ほめて ほめて ほめて

Praise praise and praise. (Praise is very important!)

なるようになりますよ

What will be, will be. (That’s the way things are.)

The first Rilakkuma Seikatsu book focuses on Rilakkuma’s lazy and easy going life. But this book also focuses on the relationship between Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori. In our life there are many problems about relationships. Sometimes we may think these problems bother us too much!

But Rilakkuma tells you if someone bothers you it’s not that big problem. It’s a very big pleasure that you can be with someone who makes you relax and has fun with you. So you should respect each other!

Rilakkuma Book 2
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Rilakkuma Books: Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series 1

Many kinds of books about Rilakkuma have been published in Japan, including picture books, comics, and books which tell us how to make Rilakkuma products by yourself. Today I’ll introduce the most popular Rilakkuma books, the Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series! Seikatsu (生活) means life, so the title means Rilakkuma life. The first Rilakkuma Seikatsu book was released in 2004. From 2004 to the present, nine Rilakkuma Seikatsu books have been released.

The Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series shows you Rilakkuma’s life and gives you some hints on how to relax. The contents are all Rilakkuma’s  monologues. Every book has about 60 Rilakkuma monologues. As you know, Rilakkuma is lazy and relaxed, so his monologues are lazy and relaxed like this:

あくせくしたってはじまりませんぜー

Even if you are in a bind it will not start. (Don’t be in a hurry. Take it easy.)

困ったらたすけてっていっちゃえばいいですよ

If you need help, you can say “help me.” (You can depend on someone.)

ムリするって不自然ですよ自然がいちばんです

It’s unnatural to force you to do something. It’s best to be natural.

今日できることは明日もできますよ

What you can do today is what you can do tomorrow. (You don’t need to do everything in a day. If you are tired, you can do it another day.)

There is one monologue on the left page, and there is a Rilakkuma illustration that represents the monologue on the right page. The way of reading this book is a little different from other story books. On the first page, the book tells you how to read this book like this:

普通に読んでも十分楽しめますが、 目をつぶって好きなページを開い てみればあなたへのメッセージがありますよ

“You can enjoy this book if you read from first page as normal. But the other way to read this book is closing your eyes and opening to a random page where you can find a message from Rilakkuma.”

When I’m too tired to do anything, I think “I have many things to do! I can’t rest! I can’t waste my time! I know that, but I don’t feel like doing anything. Bad me!” I become depressed. At these times, I need Rilakkuma’s lazy and relaxed monologues.