Random Anniversary 3: My Brain

drawings_and_paintings-brains-brains01Has it already been a full journal? The time really does run away like wild horses over the hills. This book is adorned with Hattifatteners, so I was particularly sad to reach the final pages in a Singapore cafe, but such is the way of the journal. At the start of every new book, we know that it must end someday, no matter how cute the characters plastered across the cover. (Cue “Circle of Life” chorus.)

The Hattifatteners have watched over me as I went to see them dancing across the page under the pen of Tove Jansson herself, or skipped off to witness the delights of Mad Max not once, not twice, but thrice. (And I just ran across the DVD at Bic Camera today, so you know what I will be watching again soon.) Those weird little white mushroom marshmallow creatures joined me on cat island where a lot of old people spoke to me in some serious dialect and I tried to follow along as best as I could. Trips to Tokyo, Osaka, cat island, Singapore, Tottori, Shimane, Izumo, Kamakura, Nara. The delights of new vegetarian restaurants in many of those places. Seeing one of my favourite bands both in Toronto and Osaka. Even the theatre on both this side and the Canada side of the ocean. Those Hattifatteners have seen me through some things.

But the last page has been scribbled full, and now it is time to look back at the books we have battled, as is my brain’s wont. The code to the books and the origins thereof is below because I like to keep track of these things, for reasons unknown to even me and my brain. But naturally, this list is not complete because however obsessively I might make lists like these, I’m actually terrible at remembering to note things on those lists. Which leads one to ask why make lists at all, but we’re not here to interrogate the backbone of my existence. We’re here to remember some great books. If you missed them the first time, maybe now is your chance?

J = Japanese

E = English

F = French

R = Re-read

B = Borrowed

T = Translation

C = Comp

Insufficient Direction: Moyoco Anno (E, T)

The Battle Royale Slam Book: Nick Mamatas, Masumi Washington (E, C, T)

Juhan Shuttai! 1-3: Naoko Matsudo (J) 

Kyo no Nekomura 1-4: Hoshi Yoriko (J, R) 

Golondrina 4-5: est em (J)

Bokura no Hentai 4-8: Fumi Fumiko (J) 

Fujo Sports!: Love Love Hill (E) 

Watchmen: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (E, R, G) 

Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks: Richard Christian Matheson (E, G) 

Granta Japan: Yuka Igarashi (E, T) 

Aurorarama: Jean-Christophe Valtat (E) 

Terra e 1-3: Keiko Takemiya (J) 

Out of Sheer Rage: Geoff Dyer (E) 

Kanpekina Shiiku: Yuiji Aniya (J)

I Am a Hero 15-17: Kengo Hanazawa (J) 

Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun 5-6: Izumi Tsubaki (J) 

No Matter How I Look at it, it’s Your Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular 1-2: Nico Tanigawa (E, B) 

Seconds: Brian Lee O’Malley (E, B) 

Sayonara Mina-san: Tsuchika Nishimura (J) 

Wombs 1-4: Yumiko Shirai (J)

Metro 3: Chika Ishikawa (J) 

Phantasm Japan: Nick Mamatas, Masumi Washington (E, C, T) 

Acca 13-ku 2-3: Natsume Ono (J) 

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ: Philip Pullman (E)

Ecstasia: Francesca Lia Block (E, R) 

Primavera: Francesca Lia Block (E, R)

Sunny 5: Taiyo Matsumoto (J) 

Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon 7-12: Naoko Takeuchi (J, R) 

The Boxer: Reinhard Kleist (E, T) 

Ancillary Justice: Ann Leckie (E) 

Maho Shojo Ore 1-2: Icchokusen Mokon (J)

Deathco 1-2: Atsushi Kaneko (J) 

Mimikuri: ai7n (J) 

Yume kara Sameta Ano Ko ha Kitto Umaku Shaberenai: Natsujikei Miyazaki (J) 

Itoshino Nekokke 1-4: Haruko Kumota (J, R) 

Memento Mori: Fumiko Fumi (J)

Itsuka Tiffany de Choshoku o: Maki Hirochi (J) 

Ever After: est em (J)

Enjo Suru Kimi: Kanako Nishi (J) 

Yoru Mata Yoru no Fukai Yoru: Natsuo Kirino (J) 

Saga 4: Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples (E)

Comet in Moominland: Tove Jansson (E, R) 

Ippo 3: est em (J)

Inga no Sakana: Niboshiko Arai (J) 

Smut Peddler 2: Spike Trotman, Johanna Draper Carlson (E) 

Choco Strawberry Vanilla: Psyche Delico (J) 

GOTH: Otsuichi (J, R)

How Are You?: Miki Yamasaki (J) 

Yoru no Taiko: Naoto Yamakawa (J) 

Invincible 1: Kirkman, Walker, Crabtree (E, G) 

Tango: est em (F, R, T)

10 Dance: Sato Inoue (J) 

Ten Count: Rihito Takarai (J) 

Marugoto Nekokke: Various (J)

Henshin: Ken Niimura (J)

Tatsumi Yoshihiro Kessakusen: Yoshihiro Tatsumi (J)

A Drifting Life: Yoshihiro Tatsumi (E, R, T)

This One Summer: Mariko and Jillian Tamaki (E, B)

Americanah: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (E)

Sakikusa no Saku Koro: Fumiko Fumi (J) 

Bijutsu Techo: Various

Watashi no Naka no Otoko no Ko: Nao-Cola Yamazaki (J, R)

Shirokuma Cafe 3: Aloha Higa (J)

Ichigo Senso: Machiko Kyo (J)

Henshin no News: Natsujikei Miyazaki (J)

Nijigahara Holograph: Inio Asano (J)

Ancillary Sword: Ann Leckie (E)

Otomen 1-18: Aya Kanno (J, E, B) 

Blank Slate 1-2: Aya Kanno (E, B)

Naruto 55-60: Masashi Kishimoto (E, B)

Comita 30th Chronicle: Various (J)

Hosoku Shinsengumi: Aya Kanno (J)

Boys’ Love Manga—Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre: Various (E) 

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: Annalee Newitz (E)

Who Fears Death: Nnedi Okorafor (E)

Hana wa Saku ka 1: Shoko Hidaka (J)

O Human Star: Blue Delliquanti (E)

Tsukuroitatsu Hito: Aoi Ikebe (J) 

USCA 2: Various (J)

Seveneves: Neal Stephenson (E)

Itoshi Nekokke Otaru Hen: Haruko Kumota (J) 

Unspeakable Things: Laurie Penny (E) 

Vampire Cousins: Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau and Cathon (E, T)

Wagamama Chie-chan: Takako Shimura (J) 

Excession: Iain M. Banks (E) 

Sorairo no Kani: Fumiko Fumi (J) 

Salvation of a Saint: Keigo Higashino (E, T) 

Hitoritachi: Aya Kanno (J)

Motazaru Mono: Hitomi Kanehara (J, R)

Rafnas 1-2: Yumiko Shirai (J)

Sakura no Sono: Fumiko Fumi (J)

The Wrenchies: Farel Dalrymple (E)

Nobara: Haruko Kumota (J)

Cocoon: Machiko Kyo (J)

The Divine: Asaf and Tomoer Hanuka, and Boaz Lavie (E)

Koi ni Tsukimono: Fumiko Fumi (J)

Shibo to iu Na no Fuku o Kite: Moyoco Anno (J)

For as Long as it Rains: Zviane (E, T)

Lilith’s Brood: Octavia E. Butler (E) 

Comic Hoshi Shinichi: Various (J)

Ikaduchi Tooku Umi ga Naru: Ayako Noda (J)

Mimi ga Wasurenai: Takehito Moriizumi (J)

Shashinya Kafka: Naoto Yamakawa (J)

Dead Dead Demons De-de-de-de-destruction 1-3: Inio Asano

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