I gave the last volume 5 stars although I don't remember why. Early on I really loved this series. It was strange, violent, funny, and action-packed.I gave the last volume 5 stars although I don't remember why. Early on I really loved this series. It was strange, violent, funny, and action-packed. Then it began to wear on me. In the beginning the action scenes were clear, later in the series they became muddy and confusing. I didn't feel I was reading something fresh and inventive. Instead, as the series wore on I felt I was reading something just trying to stay afloat until the end. And thank goodness for the end. The inevitable end. *Snooze*...more
Urasawa, N, & Tezuka, O. (2009). Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka. San Francisco, CA: VIZ Media LLC.
When one of the most beloved robots on earth, Mont Blan Urasawa, N, & Tezuka, O. (2009). Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka. San Francisco, CA: VIZ Media LLC.
When one of the most beloved robots on earth, Mont Blanc, is murdered under strange circumstances, a detective named Gesicht most solve the crime. He must also keep 6 more of the world's most powerful robots from meeting the same end as Mont Blanc. Based on a story arc from Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy series, Pluto is a bold re-imagining. It's grim and beautiful, filled with great, complicated characters (many of them robots). It also has a strong suspense, mystery element that keeps the reader guessing. The art is also deep and beautiful.
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Watchmen by Alan Moore, Maxwell Strangewell by the Fillbach Brothers, and Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan...more
Sometimes how we come upon books or others we like can be an interesting story. Or, I think it can be. Well, I am going to pretend that you may feel tSometimes how we come upon books or others we like can be an interesting story. Or, I think it can be. Well, I am going to pretend that you may feel the same, and share how I came upon Yoshihiro Tatsumi.
I decided late this year, sometime around mid-November, that I would try to stop hating on manga. At least, I told myself, I would try to understand it. I just felt I needed to try more manga, especially shonen, before I could write it off. I asked some patrons for some recommendations and discovered Death Note and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, two series I've fallen in love with. But I was also looking for different styles of manga, besides shonen and shojo (I don't know if I've really read a ton of shojo (any suggestions?)). My favorite manga, even above the two series I mentioned above is still by Osamu Tezuka, who seems to transcend the genre. I found manwha, Korean manga. Then one day, a patron returned The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. I asked them how it was, to which they replied, "It was ok." Well, I decided if a manga fan didn't like it, well, I, a manga cynic, certainly wouldn't like it. But as I was returning it to the adult desk for the patron, I read the back. It was edited by Adrian Tomine, and I liked Shortcomings. It also had refrences to Tezuka and Haruki Murakami. Well, I decided to go against the patron and check it out. Once I picked it up I was hooked. I read the collection in about an hour. And I was exposed to a new style called gekiga. Basically, gekiga is to manga what graphic novels are to comics, it's a way to differentiate and add a more mature, literary connotation. It's also a more experimental and cinematic style.
So I requested the head of the adult department pick up the rest of Tatsumi's canon, those available in the US anyway. And among those was the 2009 memoir, A Drifting Life.
I know it's cliche to refer to graphic novels as beautiful, but this one is. It delicately tells the story of Tatsumi growing up in post-war Japan, and reminded me of the films of Yasujiro Ozu.
This is also a great read for manga fans, of the older variety as there is some mature content here. Tatsumi is not only a manga artist, he is also a fan of manga. A Drifting Life is both a thorough history of modern manga and a love letter to it. Tatsumi, through his own evolving work, also questions what comics, and literature, can and should be able to do. It's fascinating watching him try to make art better.
It's an engrossing read, a must for manga fans, especially those looking for something more. ...more
Having "bizarre" in the title shouldn't give a book free reign to do whatever it wants, but it helps. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure certainly does whateverHaving "bizarre" in the title shouldn't give a book free reign to do whatever it wants, but it helps. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure certainly does whatever it wants. Whatever it wants including, but not limited to: a vampire with a human's body, spirit warriors, tongue devouring bugs, gamblers who play for souls, a foul-mouthed/tempered dog, and more vehicle wrecks than any Hollywood action flick could dream of. Hirohiko Araki schizophrenic epic manga series works though, because it sets up the rules of the bizarre adventure and rarely, if ever breaks them. So it's easy to accept anything and everything, as long as the reader isn't betrayed. It doesn't hurt that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is packed with blood, humor, and pop culture references (the title itself inspired the Beatles song, "Get Back.") Also, as the kid who sold me on the series noted, the characters in JoJo's don't become magically stronger or gain a coincidental new skill to fight a stronger enemy, instead, they must use the skills they as a group or as an individual possess. While the outcome of the fights are sometime resolved unconvincingly, the series always relies on the characters using their brains to guide their brawn....more
So I have been pretty down on Manga and Manwha. I just haven't found anything recently that I have loved. Ok, besides some very adult stuff, I have prSo I have been pretty down on Manga and Manwha. I just haven't found anything recently that I have loved. Ok, besides some very adult stuff, I have pretty much hated everything I have read Manga-wise, especially Shonen.
But then a kid recommended this, ok, he wasn't a kid, but he used to be, a few years ago anyway. He didn't warn me of all the awesome! Vampires, spirit warriors, and a very strange journey that includes ass-kicking, bugs that eat tongues, and so much more.
Most of what I hate about Manga, the simple artwork and confusing stories, are not to be found here. The panels and story are very clear as to what is going on, even if the story is much more Epic and confusing that most of the other crap I've read. And while the artwork didn't have me stopping to drool over every panel, it was super cool and very effective.
Seriously. Read this. Even if you don't like manga....more
Yoshihiro Tatsumi is a little known artist in the states. Well, he may be better known since this came out 4 years ago. But his slice-of-life storiesYoshihiro Tatsumi is a little known artist in the states. Well, he may be better known since this came out 4 years ago. But his slice-of-life stories are sad glimpses into the darker territories of life (these are set in late 60's Japan, but still hold up today.) Most of these short stories are 8 pages long, due to constraints put out by the magazines publishing them. But they convey a lot in those pages. True, some feel rushed or incomplete, but more surprising is most don’t. Instead, they feel like whole novels, given to us quickly. Few are hopefully, but sometimes, life isn’t. And the one story that can be seen as hopeful is one of the books best. “Make-Up” is about a man who wants to live as a woman, and finds some peace in that. There are other great stories, but I don’t have the book in front of me for the titles. One about a medical student donating his sperm shows the kind of sadness and lostness that most of these stories delve into. Mostly, these stories were intoxicating. I started reading to pass a few minutes, before I knew it I was on page 100, and even if the stories do get a little repetitive, I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I had to put the book down for a few hours to decorate for the holidays, but I kept wanting to go back. And I was rewarded when I did, by a great artist, but an even better writer. ...more
Cool premise (a kid's father sacrifices his unborn child for power, etc. Kid gets raised by a kind doctor and has to fight 48 demons, each demon he slCool premise (a kid's father sacrifices his unborn child for power, etc. Kid gets raised by a kind doctor and has to fight 48 demons, each demon he slays he is given back a body part). While I am not the biggest fan of Manga, Osamu Tezuka is an exception. It is still confusing from time to time, especially this one which is more action oriented, but I love that his drawings are so cartoony, but his themes are so adult. They make the comedy work better, and the more dramatic parts really hit, especially in this one with how cute Dororo is. His life story is so sad, and it makes it hard not to shed a tear for him....more