Time to go wrap Urasawa MMF Feast up!
Time to go wrap Urasawa MMF Feast up!
For our last group post, we decide it’s best to talk about Naoki Urasawa’s Monster…well, we surely couldn’t leave this out of Manga Movable Feast right? So hope you enjoy our discussion (note, spoilers are in this post) -Justin
To most Western anime and manga fans, Urasawa’s name brings to mind only three titles: Pluto, Monster, and 20th Century Boys. With his latest manga, Billy Bat, it’s no surprise to know that Urasawa’s other works have gone unnoticed. It seems impossible that he’s written anything other than conspiracy-fueled mysteries, but when you look back far enough it’s amazing to find out that he’s written sweet slice of life stories.
Time to do roundups for Day 3 & 4 of Urasawa MMF.
When most people think of Naoki Urasawa works available in English, three obvious ones come to mind: Monster, Pluto, and 20th Century Boys. While those comprise what I like to think of as Urasawa’s “trinity” I was surprised to find another overlooked contribution of his in English: Pineapple Army.
And now, let Sweetpea, AnimeEmily, Manjiorin, and I tell you all we can possibly tell you about the Urasawa X Tezuka combination: Pluto. Spoilers included! -Justin
So all right, here’s your first Naoki Urasawa MMF roundup, combining Day 1 and Day 2.
*Major spoilers are included*
Hate. I hate this; I hate that; I hate him; I hate her.
What does hatred really mean? What does it imply? It’s a word we all have used at one, or many, points in our lives to describe a feeling of dislike regarding a person or object. The extent of those feelings, though, is usually pretty tame. Sure we may say we hate something or someone, but are we really wishing for their utter destruction? Do we get any pleasure from seeing them broken and beaten, in pain? For most of us, the answer is no. Pure hatred is something one experiences rarely, if ever really at all. Personally, I’ve never truly hated anything. Sure, I say I hate vegetables and I dislike certain people, but I would never wish harm on anyone. I have, however, seen about as pure a form a hatred as I think I’ll ever seen in my life (and I promise I’m getting to Pluto). Continue Reading »
Justin: There’s a lot of things that have been said about Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys in a bunch of circles most likely, starting from his way of suspense and his artwork, and to praise of the series as a whole. However, we’re not gonna talk about any of that. Ok, we still might praise it, but this is intended to be commentary on music in 20th Century Boys. If there wasn’t a clear example on the very first few pages of Chapter 1, well, we’re here to tell you it plays a major factor as the series shifts from one year to the next.
Warning: There are spoilers in this post!
I think it’s appropriate to kick off our MMF of Urasawa by actually sharing…how the heck we even know of and got into Urasawa. Please feel free to tell us in the comments how you got into Urasawa, while I share how I got into the man behind such works as Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto, etc., along with my team of writers Manjiorin, AnimeEmily, and Sweetpea.-Justin
So, I think it’s about time we get this month’s Manga Movable Feast started huh?
Welcome to the Naoki Urasawa Manga Movable Feast. From today to February 24, expect coverage on one of the most successful manga artists in the industry (from reviews, essays, and discussions) from this site and a number of bloggers in the blogosphere. Information on how to participate is here, but basically you have to send a link via email at organizationasg (AT) gmail (DOT) com or tweet it to @kami_nomi for me to include it in each Day roundups for the week. Needless to say, while we will have our own coverage of Urasawa here, our first MMF feast will be fun if we get a lot of participants for it! So contributions are good with me!
Now, I guess a bit of a primer into Naoki Urasawa is a good way to kick this week off. Let’s begin.
Time to turn to February 2012, and towards a brand new installment of Manga Movable Feast! While some of you frequent this blog regularly, I welcome new people to Organization Anti-Social Geniuses, as this is our (and my) first opportunity to host MMF. Each month, the manga blogging community celebrates a particular manga artist, series, or genre with articles, with either reviews of manga, essays, roundtable discussions, podcasts, the works, for a week out of the month.
This month’s feast focuses on the man behind such works like Yawara, Pineapple Army, Master Keaton, Happy, Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto, and Billy Bat: Naoki Urasawa. Urasawa MMF will run from February 17 to February 24.
For this month’s Manga Movable Feast, one of the best shounen manga that I have read the past few years is getting the exposure it rightfully deserves. Hikaru No Go, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1998, was a pretty popular manga in Japan, and in circles has been credited for making Go, a board game, rise in popularity there. It didn’t make quite the same dent when Viz released it over to the states. I didn’t even know of Go until my freshman year in college, and that was because there was someone who knew of it. One day, I was told of a Japan Day in NYC. Held in Central Park, basically it’s learning about Japanese Culture and embracing it in NY, so a lot of traditional Japanese entertainment and food is there for all to enjoy. As it turned out, one of those entertainments happened to have people play Go.
So, I guess the first thing is I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving today. I hope you’re all stuffing your faces with good food and drinks, sitting down on the couch and taking in all the Football that’ll be taking place, and not being one of the many on line attempting to get ready for Black Friday Sales.
But enough of that. Today is where we give thanks, so for this month’s Manga Movable Feast (hosted by Matt Blind of Rocket Bomber!!), this is A Thankful Manga Feast. It’s time we give thanks to manga we can have on our bookshelves and read all the time, while in the back of our mind say, “This work wasn’t supposed to come here!” or “Man, am I glad I picked this up!” My list is large and maybe a bit of a surprise, but I cut my selection down to 10 manga I’m thankful for.
Kyoko has had it pretty tough in the first few volumes—the road to stardom and getting revenge is proving tough–but the would-be star finally gets to test her acting chops in this third volume. Too bad she’s doing it on a bum leg! As a member of the “Love Me” section of LME, Kyoko jumps at the chance to assist a popular actress named Ririko. On the brink of a meltdown from the heat, Kyoko offers to carry the spoiled actress to the set, but injures her leg in the process. Eventually Ririko’s complaining becomes too much for the director and Kyoko is asked to step in and act alongside Ren Tsuruga! Later in the volume Kyoko decides to try and up her acting game by auditioning for LME’s own training school, but the competition is stiff and the tuition is high. Will Kyoko have what it takes to even begin her journey or will the curtain close before the show even starts?
This week, we’re getting a bit into shoujo territory, a territory I’m mostly unfamiliar with. The reason why is because this week is Shojo Beat Manga Movable Feast. Again, Manga Movable Feast is a monthly collective where bloggers check out an artist, imprint, or manga title for a week, either by reviewing a title or discussing some of the themes, motivations, etc of a particular work. I’ve pretty much gone on the record throughout the blog that I’m not that much of a reader of shoujo, though that’s mostly because I’m just getting into it. I’ll give you a few that I have picked up and talk about them a bit, but also say this can be like an offshoot of the Great Manga For Beginners post, except merely for any shoujo readers. So let’s get started!