In Japanese, Kengo Hanazawa, manga on 2011/05/27 at 08:00
Let’s talk about zombies, shall we? I mean, everyone else is. The CDC even released their zombie apocalypse survival guidelines. It seems like the time is finally nigh for my brain to devote itself to the topic.
But my brain and I are scaredy-cats and don’t really go in for real-life zombie apocalypses. We prefer to stay firmly ensconced in our hidey-hole and read about zombie apocalypses. In manga form, if possible. And we can, thanks to Kengo Hanazawa!
Maybe some of you are rolling your eyes: seen one zombie apocalypse, seen them all. And it’s true that there is inevitably some overlap if only because zombies, well, they have to act like zombies, no matter who is writing the story. What really drew me into I Am a Hero is protagonist Hideo Suzuki. The story starts with him cautiously entering his Tokyo apartment. Very cautiously. In a city known for its remarkably low crime rate, this young manga artist has a security system and several impenetrable-looking locks on his front door. When he enters his apartment and the story, he does a kind of paranoia dance that is so perfectly scripted and depicted, you would swear he’s actually moving. And this dance starts with one of the things that I love in this series: a full page devoted to a moment, Hideo thrusting a hand into the air Saturday Night Fever style. Read the rest of this entry »
In Brain, manga, Natusme Ono, Translation on 2011/05/24 at 15:45
Dear person who found my blog by searching for “Saraiya Goyou scanlated”,
Please buy the book. It is called House of Five Leaves in English and it is only $12.99. That is not so steep for such a quality book. And the translation is top notch!
But I understand only all too well that sometimes, a person just does not have $12.99. That is a hard place for a book lover to be, but there is hope! It is a thing called a library and you can read books there for free! Incredible! If they do not have House of Five Leaves at your local library, you can ask them to get it for you. Most libraries take requests and are glad to hear from patrons about what they would like to see on the shelves.
So you know, you have options that would support the artist who made this terrific book, Natsume Ono, so that she can keep making terrific books.
In English, Fiction, Old favourites, Trixie Belden on 2011/05/20 at 08:00
My brain is just cocky enough that it has decided to talk about a book it has not read in over twenty years. What is wrong with you, brain?? But this lump of neurons and axons has a stubborn streak and so here we are, talking about Trixie Belden.
I am sure many of you have never heard of Trixie, and I am equally sure that those of you who have are rabid fans. Unless you made a brief detour from Nancy Drew town and in the end decided you loved your rich white lady more. In which case, boo to you! Trixie Belden doesn’t need money or a red Fiat or whatever the hell it is Nancy Drew drives. Trixie Belden doesn’t even have a horse. That’s how hardcore she is.
I was so in love with this fictional heroine that I named my hamster after her when I was nine. My boy hamster. Although I didn’t know he was a boy at the time I named him. Why did Trixie captivate me so? What was this spell she cast? Read the rest of this entry »
In English, Erwin S. Strauss, Nonfiction on 2011/05/13 at 07:33
In case you weren’t aware, part of my brain is occupied with ruling a small country. With an iron glove. That part of my brain has no mercy and is hellbent on taking over the world. Normally, it takes what it wants by force, but since the force method has still not resulted in me taking over the world, it seemed prudent to take a look at other approaches.
Enter How to Start Your Own Country. My dictatorial self was roadblocked in a way, with so many obstacles blocking her path to world domination. But Erwin Strauss opened up some previously unconsidered options. For that alone, this book was worth the cost. And it was a gift! So it basically paid me! Triple win! Read the rest of this entry »
In Japanese, manga, Natusme Ono on 2011/05/06 at 08:50
Luckily for me, my friend M. flew in from Tokyo last week, right before I melt my brain interpreting for Natsume Ono at TCAF this weekend (you should come! Say hi!), and with her came the latest from Ono (released only three short weeks ago!). Which lets me get a sense of the direction of her work before I accompany her to press interviews and fan mobbings. And I have to say, I really wish the fans would be mobbing her about this.
Just a quick look at the cover will tell you that she has something different in store for her readers with Nigero Otoko: almost entirely black with the grey contours of trees pushing out of the gloom, a shadowed man downcast in front. This striking image immediately yanked me away from everything else I’m reading, insisting that this was the book to read now. Read the rest of this entry »