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Thermae Romae, Tome 1 (Thermae Romae / テルマエ・ロマエ #1)

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Lucius Modestus, un architecte romain de l’Antiquite boude par la profession decide d’aller se detendre aux thermes. Alors qu’il s’immerge dans l’eau, il se retrouve aussitot transporte dans le temps et l’espace, atterrissant dans un bain public du Japon contemporain. Ces etranges voyages lui permettent de s’inspirer des inventions japonaises et des techniques modernes pou ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 14th 2012 by Casterman (first published November 26th 2009)
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Soobie's heartbroken
Beh, visto che il film uscirà a giugno per quelli della Tucker Film (Friulians do it better!!) è il caso di mettersi finalmente a leggere tutta la serie. Avevo anche cominciato ma poi, con la scusa che i volumetti uscivano ogni morte di papa mi ero anche dimenticata di quello che stava succedendo. Così...

Anche se di solito leggo solo è unicamente shojo, ogni tanto mi metto a leggere qualcosa di diverso. E Thermæ Romæ mi ispirava soprattutto per l'ambientazione italiana. Da quello che io ho capit
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ROSE
Je ne suis pas fana de mangas, en règle générale, mais celui-ci m'a vraiment séduite par l'originalité de son sujet !!
En plus de nous faire passer un bon et drôle moment, l'auteure nous offre aussi quelques "leçons" sur le thème des bains de l'Antiquité à nos jours.
Beaucoup d'éléments séduise l'"historienne de l'art" que j'ai été, étudiante, et j'ai enfin trouvé un manga que je ne trouve pas "nian-nian" ou violent !
Le tome 2 vient d'arriver dans ma pal, et je me réjouis d'avance de cette lecture
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Stewart Tame
Even by manga standards, this title is wonderfully odd. Lucius Modestus is an architect in the time of Emperor Hadrian specializing in public baths. When submerged in a bath, he somehow travels through time and space to emerge from a bath in modern day Japan. He notes the features of Japanese baths and bathhouses, and incorporates them into his own designs to great success upon returning to ancient Rome. Really. And it's fascinating. The formula never seems to get old. Mari Yamazaki's art is exc ...more
Ryan
Great manga. I'm not a big fan of manga in general, but this is a blast. It's about an ancient Roman bath designer who "time slips" into modern Japan. Each chapter, his visit to Japan helps him solve some bath-related problem and become more famous as a bath designer in Rome. The twist: he thinks he's just getting washed up into some sort of "slaves' quarters" and assumes the "flat-faced tribe" he's meeting are contemporary slaves of the Roman Empire (at first, anyway). The stories are interesti ...more
Clodjee
Ce manga est une comédie fantastique (fantasque?) un peu loufoque et même parfois grossière. Ce ne serait qu'un manga moyen (bon parce qu'hilarant, mais sans plus) si ce n'était des prémices plutôt ingénieux de cette histoire.

Thermae Romae (les thermes, ou bains, romains en latin) n'est évidemment pas qu'une simple comédie. L'histoire est bien écrite et supportée par une recherche sérieuse du détail. Les dessins (particulièrement les visages et les arrières-plans) sont dans un style réaliste, c
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Lauren
Completely fabulous. I can't imagine how this story came to be, but it's wonderful. Lucius Modestus saves the Empire one bath or toilet at a time, falling through a drain to voyage through time and space to modern day Japan. He is in constant anguish about how this barbarian culture can equal or even surpass Rome, at the same time ripping off their ideas for his commissions in the Roman Empire, winning the favour of the Emperor and citizens.
Jason Bloom
Although I found the subject of this manga is quite unique, it certainly was not unique in the wide world of Japanese comics, which revel in niche subjects, like Mah-Jong and Sake brewing. The connection between Japan and Ancient Rome through the shared love of bathing and bathing culture was an interesting take, and one that I had given little thought before I read this volume. Although it was a comedy, the time travel trope and "flat-face" comments grew a bit weary, but still couldn't dim the ...more
The Ka Jit
Super exciting

The story is so original and hillarious. Makes you love bathhouses. Lucius character is very adorable, and the drawings were very sensible and nice
Hima-chan
Me ha pasado como con Las Vacaciones de Jesus y Buda, está gracioso pero se repite mucho.
Umberto Marconi
Interesting, funny and very original.
Valerie
C'est assez étrange de centrer un manga sur les bains, et finalement à partir de cet angle de s'intéresser et de comparer les civilisations de la Rome antique et du Japon moderne. Très sympa à lire, avec de très bon dessins, la série nous instruit plus qu'elle n'est amusante et est assez vite répétitive. j'ai été attirée par le graphisme de la couverture et l'originalité du propos, je lirais sans doute le deuxième tome mais au delà de ça le propos reste limité, et donne surtout envie de se coule ...more
Lilith
Hilarious.
Leticia
Mirroring our lovely main character's thoughts, I must say that the japanese are way too advanced... In comics. They have a popular series about an ancient roman architect stealing ideas for public baths' design from time-slips into modern Japan, which is actually a slightly erotic comedy series.
It blew my mind and made me laugh, then run to the store and buy the second volume, so there. Mission accomplished, manga-ka. Now, how could I possibly simulate this effect into brazilian comics?
Célia
Un manga intéressant sur fond d'antiquité romaine. Les aventures du héros, architecte de la Rome antique, propulsé dans le Japon contemporain sont drôles et originales. Bémol cependant sur le graphisme que je n'ai pas particulièrement apprécié.
Les ados sont plutôt enthousiastes à la lecture de ce premier tome... affaire à suivre donc.
Fiore777
A surprisingly amusing series. The style fits the subject and setting perfect and I never anticipated a series about bathing and the construction of places for doing so could be so funny. There is some level of brilliance in translating how items which work in one era could be replicated in an entirely different one.
Sara
A struggling Roman bath designer takes the waters and emerges in present day Japan, each time returning with new ideas: onsen tamago, private toilets, and -- in an imitation of a flat screen TV -- an aquarium for Emperor Hadrian. Portugal resident Yamazaki's love letter to Japanese bathing culture.
Touloulou
The idea to bring a roman citizen into nowadays Japan gives us very funny sketches. I loved it!

Un manga particulier qui nous fait rencontrer un ingénieur des bains romain qui se retrouve régulièrement dans le Japon contemporain. Des moments très drôles et une idée originale !
Ian
Narratively, it's so inept that it borders on camp, but it's also impassioned, and delightfully educational. And I do think it's pretty cool how the Roman manages to explain Roman bathing, and be our surrogate who needs Japanese bathing explained to him.
Franxilicious
Kind of a weird book... an interesting concept but everything seems to be happening too easily. But nevertheless, I'm still going to read the other 3 books.
Myos
Easy reading, unconventional topic, interesting information, time travel and culture shock (Japan/ Ancient Rome) - enough to have a good time reading.
Emi Nogueira del burgo
Hay ratos que resulta un poco "pedante", pero me tronché cuando el romano descubre los WC japoneses llenos de botoncitos... Me dio la risa tonta...
Bruno Jorge
Original e divertido. A edição brasileira peca por colocar em notas de rodapé explicações já contidas no texto do mangá.
Neven
This scores lots of points just for treating a completely ridiculous premise with respect and care.
Marcc
Recommend to anyone who wants to learn a bit about Japanese baths with a bit of fun.
Elizabeth Eames
Just fun! Light hearted and fun!
Akiko Iwakiri
電書で読了。
いやー。面白かった!続編を期待!
Jongsoon
Entertaining and Informing
Artemis
Very interesting. :-)
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