Sunday, May 2, 2010

Garo #35

July, 1967, issue #35. 202 pages, cover by Sampei Shirato.

カムイ伝 (Kamui-den) #31

We return to the regular story line. Kamui wakes up at the home of a falconer, who had found his limp body near a tree and bandaged his right arm up. As he's recovering, the falconer tells him about Shousuke. The ninja Teburi and his gang were about to finish off Shousuke when one of the mountain men happened by and intervened, saying that Shousuke really is nothing more than just an ordinary villager. Teburi wasn't convinced, so the falconer also stepped out of the bushes where he was hiding and chimed in. They go up into the mountains where the mountain men's leader tells Teburi to back off. Shousuke does mention that he knows Kamui, and that gets Teburi's attention real fast. He heads to Kamui's village.

Kamui takes on two falcons himself, and trains a number of dogs to act under his orders. He then works part time as the falconer's assistant to the local lord as a dog handler. Kamui's disgusted that the lord is using the dogs as archery targets for entertainment. Kamui starts spending time feeding some wild turtles as part of a bigger plan. 63 pages.

アシスタント (Assistant)

This is Shinji Nagashima's (永島慎二) second chapter of his Shinji Gekiga Collection. An assistant to a relatively popular manga artist (kind of looks like a commentary on Shinji's life working under Tezuka) has risen to the chief assistant position, which gives him enough money to have his own apartment, but he's so busy he can only visit it once in a while when they meet their deadlines. He returns home one night, and after getting a few hours sleep, is interrupted by another artist begging for a loan to make ends meet. Since he's up, the hero wanders around, remembering how he ran away from home to become an artist in Tokyo, but failed to ever make a name for himself with his own stories. He goes to a coffee shop where a bunch of other manga assistants are excitedly pouring over a magazine their studio's story has appeared in, and the hero gets depressed and leaves, commenting that he'd never written his own stories. 25 pages.

無力ということについて (On Becoming Powerless) #28
Koshi Ueno (上野昂志). 2 pages.

日本忍法伝 (Japan Ninja Arts Legend) #20

Subtitled (シザンの王国 (Shizan Kingdom) 17).
Mamoru Sasaki and Satsuko Okamoto (佐々木 守 & 岡本 颯子). Note that there may be a numbering error here, as the last issue's installment was also #20. 4 pages.

どろ棒 と こん棒 (The Thief and the Stick)

Shouhei Kusunoki (楠勝平) is back in old Edo with this 13-page short. A young boy living in a large household gets up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and when he comes back to the room finds the family tied up and being threatened by a robber demanding the house's treasures. The boy finds a club and wonders how hard to hit the robber, not wanting to inconvenience the family with having to answer questions about a corpse. But, when the robber enters the room he's hiding in, he just lightly taps the guy on the head, resulting in his getting beaten up, the treasures stolen, and the family kicking him out of the house in disgust. The head of the family then goes to a local headsman and explains what happened. Later, the boy, looking for a new home, sees a crowd standing around the robber's dead body. He keeps moving, commenting on the scariness of his former employer. This is the first of the two stories featured on Nihon-go Hunter this time.

作品集 (Creation Collection) #13

11 pages of satire by Katsumata Susumu (勝又進) this time.

赤飯(こわめし (Red Rice))

Yuu Takita (滝田ゆう). A samurai takes pleasure tormenting a girl (either his wife or daughter, not sure) over the absence of her beloved. Eventually, it turns out that the missing guy was killed, apparently by being thrown from his horse. The samurai buys a special box of kowameshi,or rice with red beans often used as a gift to say "congratulations", for the girl, planning to tell her what had happened, but she already knows and leaves the house. At the end, the samurai is left with the rice and he cries over it. 13 pages.

ジンロク (Jinroku)

By Kuniko Tsurita (つりたくにこ). Jinroku is a stylish, happy-go-lucky guy who had gone out to grab a roll of toilet paper from some public toilet for his penniless friends to use. On entering the train, he trips, and the roll of toilet paper stops at the feet of a young woman and he's embarrassed at having to pick it up. At the apartment, he shows off a small turtle he's carrying around in his pocket. Later, the friends go out drinking and they talk about the meaning of life. One of the guys thinks that there is no meaning, and when he returns home later, gets drunk and leaves the gas on. Jinroku drops by to get the turtle he'd forgotten and finds the apartment filled with gas. He rescues his friend, and discovers that the turtle is dead. He takes the bottle of whiskey from his friend, gives the guy a warning, and leaves. Unfortunately, Jinroku finishes off the whiskey, gets despondent, and drunkenly stumbles in front of a speeding car. 16 pages. (Note: "Jinroku" translates to "blockhead".) This is the second of the two stories featured on Nihon-go Hunter this time.

鬼太郎夜話 (Kitaro Night Stories) #2

Kitaro and his father find their home being bought up by a man that wants a lair far from peeping eyes - Dracula. Kitaro and his father spend the night in a cave, where a long-haired monster takes Kitaro's spirit and uses the boy's body as a plaything. Kitaro's father tries to escape, runs afoul of Dracula, and Nezumi Otoko (working as Dracula's assistant) fries the eyeball up in tempura for the vampire to eat. After some adventures, Dracula and Nezumi Otoko apply to an ad for a cheap apartment with free food - a trap set by the long-haired monster to attract victims to be fattened up for eating. An unemployed manga artist overhears the description of the apartment and goes along with them. After about a month, the artist has gotten properly plump, and both Dracula and the monster decide to feed on him at the same time. The chapter ends with the vampire and the monster facing off against each other over their dinner. Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる). 49 pages.

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