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Just a few more manga... 
17th-Oct-2005 10:55 am
Before I get temporarily tired of the medium and make my way back toward novels.

Buronson and Kentaro Miura. Japan. Milwaukie: Dark Horse, 2005. (First Japanese Edition: 1992)
Summary: Japan's economic greed has put it on the path of destruction, and, while visiting Barcelona, a beautiful TV reporter, two Yakuza, and four Japanese students get sent foward in time to see just how bad it has gotten. Europe has become ruled by tyranny, but the yakuza Katsuji, with the newly-appreciative Yuka, form a new nation of Japan.
Comments: The singular mix of hyper-nationalism and hyper-anxiety in this single-volume tankoubon grates. On one hand, Buronson tells you how irrevocably corrupt Japan has become, and yet, on the other, Katsuji walks around asking all the Japanese refugees that he meets, "Don't you have any pride?" And naturally with few exceptions, they don't. Especially the women, who willfully become sex slaves to powerful European men. What a lovely statement about women. What an even more lovely statement about the perceived desirability of Asian women to white men. You also get a Jesus-figure in Azuma, the non-violent Japanese protester. The formation of a new Japan where people can live free and where there will be no races or classes just strikes me as...dumb. Granted, the Japanese like to think that they are all the same, and while this sounds like a proclamation of diversity is to an American, it sounds like a declaration of uniformity to a Japanese. They are also deeply invested in their racial purity, to the point that they'd rather let their country collapse than liberalize immigration and naturalization. Perhaps Buronson is advocating a reimagining of what it means to be a Japanese national, but somehow I'm not convinced. And I'll bet neither were the readers. The best part of the manga was of course Miura's gorgeous, assistant-free artwork, which is nearly as good as what you get in Berserk. (I was rather surprised by how EXTREMELY loose Yuka's suit was in the beginning, too.)
Notes: paperback, 1st American edition
Rating: 5/10 - Vaguely interesting, but you'll either like it or you won't.
17th-Oct-2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
The story sounds interesting, though it's not something I'd normally pick up.
17th-Oct-2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
There is a certain, very small (male, late 30's to 40's, what I call "overaged fanboy") contingent that will undoubtedly appreciate this title. The rest of us are just left wondering what all the fuss is about. :P
17th-Oct-2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
I don't know about that. There's ntohing wrong with overaged Fanboy's I've seen a few in my day and most of them are the cool kind, though I have seen a few of the more scary variety.

Though the idea of the manga sounds interesting. One question, have you read the Evangelion manga?
17th-Oct-2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
My gripe with the overaged fanboys is their seeming conviction that the manga world needs to revolve around them, and coupled with an inordinate clout in the industry, means that we get to see things like this that, overall, makes "normal" people disrespect anime and manga.

As for the story itself...suffice to say that it's all been done before in less didactic formats. *sighs*

One question, have you read the Evangelion manga?

Nope. Seen neither the anime nor the manga.
17th-Oct-2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oh damn I was hoping someone could tell me what a good Volume of the Mange would be to pick up I saw the Anime so I can get hwat is going on from any point but I want some Manga with Rei in it. I've been on a Rei fandom kick lately.
17th-Oct-2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
I've been on a Rei fandom kick lately.

*laughs* Better late than never, huh?

Umm...well, a limited edition of Vol. 7 in Japan was released with a cute little figure of Rei in a Santa suit. If you can find one, that might feed the need. ^_~
17th-Oct-2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
My fandom kicks come and go. I'll get on a fandom for a few weeks, then mvoe to anotehr one and so forth
17th-Oct-2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
I, on the other hand, have been having trouble feeling passionate about pretty much anything lately. Ah, well.
17th-Oct-2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
I've had that feeling as well, it's never fun. I'm also hopefully starting owrk on a Fan-Film, if I am lucky. . .
17th-Oct-2005 10:56 pm (UTC)
A fan-film? What's that? An amateur film?
17th-Oct-2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
Close, pretty much fans take an idea or francise they like, and they make a movie with it.
17th-Oct-2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
Does it involve original footage or reedits or pre-existing stuff?
17th-Oct-2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
Original, which is why you don't seen many because it's alot of effort for something that has no payday.
17th-Oct-2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
No kidding. It's hard to do something solely for love.

So, what subject are you planning?
17th-Oct-2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
Two Horror Movies, pretty much a Fan Done Freddy Vs Jason, only with different charactors.
17th-Oct-2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
So you're actually planning on making *two* films, not just one?

How long are they going to be?
17th-Oct-2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
No it's one film, it's a crossover assume it ever gets done I figure it'll probably be give or take half an hour.

If I wasn't going to work in less then an hour I'd say lets move this to IM heh.
17th-Oct-2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
Sorry. You'll find that I'm a Curious George given half an opportunity.

Hope work goes well tonight!
17th-Oct-2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about it we can talk about this more later, my E-mail is EviiVader@aol.com If you want to ask me anything more about it I can respond in the morning
17th-Oct-2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Honestly, though, I've been avoiding IM for a month or more now. It's harder for me to multitask when the conversation is faster than what we're doing now. :P
17th-Oct-2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah what I sent you was an E-mail address. ::hates having whole convshions up for everyone to see:: I don't know why.
17th-Oct-2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
I like this format especially for roundtable discussions, actually. It's fun sometimes to see who will jump in.

Still, I don't fool myself. This is Yet Another Blog Out in the Middle of Cyber-Nowhere.
29th-Oct-2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
Review archived.
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