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The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
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Apr 16, 2012

it was ok
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Read in April, 2012

Yoshihiro Tatsumi is credited with being one of the pioneers of a form of underground comic in Japan called "gekiga." Essentially, "gekiga" are experimental comics with adult themes...not your typical mainstream manga. From what I've read, they weren't even widely sold but rather found in larger libraries and such places for borrowing. All in all, I was captivated enough to read the entire volume - I think mostly out of an almost morbid curiosity for a form of manga that was previously unknown to me. However, the subject matter is just not for me. At least in this particular collection, all of the female characters are rather blatantly demonized and pretty all of them were whores (even the ones who were married spent their evenings selling their sexual services...and they openly discussed their activities with their spouses). And most stories ended rather horrifically. As an example, in one story, a wife is working as a hostess in a club (think gentleman's club) while her husband works at a factory. She complains constantly about him not making enough money to help her open up her own club for her to run. To make her happy, he intentionally cripples himself at work (losing an arm) so that she can have the insurance payout to start her club. She gets her own club but continues to complain about him being lazy around the house. So he buys a tank full of piranha and dunks her arm in the tank. In another story, a disgruntled husband - fed up with his "loose" wife - knocks over her clothes iron while she sleeps and then leaves the house, watching both her and his house burn from afar (noting that sometimes you just have to clean up the garbage).

So, as you can see, not very easy reading...
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