Sanrio has surprised fans of Dokonjō Gaeru ("Gutsy Frog"), a comedy manga by Yasumi Yoshizawa about a boy who ends up with a talking, flattened frog attached to the front of his favorite T-shirt, by announcing that a sequel series starring frog mascot character Keroppi is in the works.
The new series, entitled Dokonjō!! Kero Kero Keroppi, is set 28 years after the conclusion of the original Dokonjō Gaeru, which was serialized from 1970 - 1976 in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump manga magazine. The new series stars Hiroko, the daughter of Hiroshi, the protagonist of the original series.
Hiroko is a bit of a tomboy, and when she gets in a fight with a classmate, she accidentally trips on a rock and lands on Keroppi, resulting in Keroppi becoming a talking, 2-D frog on the front of her T-shirt. Dokonjō!! Kero Kero Keroppi is illustrated by Yuuko Ootsuki, the daughter of Dokonjō Gaeru author Yasumi Yoshizawa.
The first chapter of Dokonjō!! Kero Kero Keroppi is currently available online on Sanrio & Comip's Ichigomin digital comics website.
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