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Short Cuts, Vol. 1 (Short Cuts #1)
In this debut series, Usamaru Furuya takes on the ko-gal, that highly evolved teenage girl created by Japans consumer culture. In this irreverent romp for fans of challenging comic art, Mariko becomes a strange bunny in the classroom. Zero Boy has an unhealthy obsession with Maria (who doesnt know hes alive), and Muku, an adorable Bigfoot, is the object of everyones dreams ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published August 5th 2002 by VIZ Media LLC
(first published February 5th 1998)
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Each of Furuya's "Cuts" is one or two pages long and focuses mostly on the ko-gal culture of Japan. For those who don't know - superficial teenage school girls. Furuya has such a pension for mocking this that you can see both the love and hatred directed at his own country. Some of the cuts feature young girls being worshiped as large, stone carvings in Buddhist temples; another places an advertisement for a drink that will turn anyone into a ko-gal within three months. The following strips are ...more
Short Cuts is, as described, short pieces in manga style, primarily focusing on the so-called "ko-gal"--Japanese teenage girls. Vapidity, fashion, shallowness from people of all walks of society, and sometimes straight-out bizarre stories pepper this hilarious volume of manga shorts. Not every joke makes sense to Western readers, but the extra notes can sometimes help those of us without in-depth understanding of the culture Furuya is satirizing here. It's laugh out loud funny even if you think ...more
This is pretty funny stuff... This artist has a bit of a disturbing obsession with Japanese school girls (kogals) and they make up the main characters in this novel along with their arch-nemesis, the dirty businessmen (oyagi). It's called 'short cuts' because each comic is a short featurette only one or two pages. It's funny if not a little raunchy at times and makes for a great bathroom reader for those moments when you don't have a lot of time or brain power to devote.
Well illustrated and wryly humored look at Japan's cultural obsession with ko-gals and other schoolgirls. Doesn't come across as preachy at all, which I appreciated, because my take on the "Japanese schoolgirl" phenomenon is basically the same as every other (honest) persons: namely, that such obsessions are rather odd, combined with more than an inkling of "but they sure are pretty."