Monday, June 21, 2010

Garo #42

Garo #42, Feb., '68. Cover by Sampei Shirato. 234 pages.

カムイ伝 (Kamui-den) #38

By Sampei Shirato (白土三平). 78 pages.
The chapter starts out with Shousuke in prison, commiserating with the merchants and townspeople also locked up there. Outside, the villagers and rabble band together in an intended raid on the money changers in order to burn all the paper. At the last minute, an official arrives to say that they're going to be going back to a metal-based system. A little later, the magistrate sends attackers against Kuroya, but they're all slaughtered by Guntarou's little brother. Guntarou himself then turns around and has Kuroya's head impaled on spikes in the town square. A few samurai rejoice over Kuroya's twist of fate, until they notice a new tenant moving into his old shop under the name Dai Kuroya (Big Kuroya).

Master ninja Teburi tracks down Kamui, who's currently working as the dog handler for Guntarou. Kamui allows himself to be captured, and rather than divulge the secrets he knows, allows himself to also be tied to a cross and placed head upside down in the nearby cove. Teburi leaves two henchmen at the cove to witness Kamui's eventual drowning when the tide comes in. Teburi himself meets up with Saesa, who says that she's discovered that the magistrate has fed magnets to his pet turtles, and that somehow having magnetic turtles is tied in to the magistrate's plans. Saesa then asks where Kamui is, and Teburi tells her to go to the cove. She tries to rescue her beloved Kamui but the two henchmen stop her, until all three of them are stabbed in the back with throwing knives from an unknown source.

"歩道と車道の「民主主義」" ("Sidewalk and Street 'Democracy'") #34
By Koshi Ueno (上野昂志). 2 pages.

二岐溪谷 (Futamata Keikoku)

By Yoshiharu Tsuge (つげ義春). 18 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
(Futamata is a place name in Hokkaido.) The main character, who probably really is Tsuge himself, has arrived at Futamata, a remote hot spa resort located in some hills next to a river. The character buys some bananas and checks out a stream where he discovers that the elusive fish there enjoy eating banana peals. He races back to the resort to get some fishing line, but the owners have everything packed up for closing the resort for the season. The traveler returns to the stream, but the bananas are also gone. He takes a soak in the onsen and encounters the monkey that's been causing mischief at the spa for a while now. That night, there's a huge storm and the monkey gets trapped on some branches in the middle of the raging stream. The monkey's cries keep the traveler awake at night. The next morning, the storm is over and the monkey's nowhere to be seen.

存知論的反マンガ (Appreciating Anti-Manga)
By Junzou Ishiko (石子順造). 4 pages.
Junzou (1929-1977) was a recognized art critic. In this 4-page article, he examines Yoshiharu Tsuge's manga.

勝又進 作品集 (Katsumata's Creation Collection) #18

By Susumu Katsumata (勝又進). 16 pages.
Looks like we have another numbering problem, in that in the last issue, Susumu had done chapter 19. He's also split up into 2 parts again, with the first part being 9 pages, and the second, 7 pages, comes after Yuu Takita below.

おお、暁の光に (Oh, Towards Daybreak)

By Seiichi Hayashi (林静一). 13 pages.
This is a rather strange, nonsensical allegory featuring a Batman-like superhero that is trying to fight crime on behalf of his "mama" - Marilyn Monroe dressed up as the statue of liberty. He's asked to help Japan, in the form of a legion of frogs, to fight the "enemy", but a female frog nurse reveals that there's enemies within the ranks as well as without. At the end, Marilyn turns out to be a dessicated corpse and batman says that she's not really dead, just resting.

日本忍法伝 (Japan Ninja Arts Legend) #25

By Mamoru Sasaki & Satsuko Okamoto (佐々木 守 & 岡本 颯子). 6 pages.
Subtitled (北の挽歌 (Elegy for the North), Part 21).

糞奇談 (Strange Poop Happenings)
By Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる). 1 page.
A little 1-page all-text short story. Literally, the title translates to "Droppings Strange Story". I'm tempted to call it "bull shit story".

悪徳の不幸 (Madam Haruko: Misfortune of Corruption)

By Kuniko Tsurita (つりたくにこ). 26 pages.
This is a "play with no prologue or epilogue" to be held at 3 AM. Madam Haruko, a cruel, money-hungry woman mistreats everyone that tells her to give them their money back. Eventually, she gets a phone call saying that her mother was crushed in an accident, sending her into a rage because the inheritance money isn't going to fall into her hands. At the end, she calls on the gods for intervention. To be continued in part 2.

風太郎 (Vagrant) #1

By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 20 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
Fuutarou, a young, one-eyed boy, arrives in a seedy district in Osaka in search of his father. A pair of drifters takes him to a construction site where a man matching the father's description is up wandering along the scaffolding of the building. Fuutarou climbs up as well, but slips. The other man makes a grab to save the boy, but falls and lands on the ground several stories below. The man is taken to the hospital, where the doctor says he'll be ok, but they've got concerns over who'll pay for the costs. Fuutarou realized that the man wasn't his father, based on the shape of the guy's hand, and he disappears to keep looking. However, he leaves some money behind, which the two drifters use to pay the other guy's bills.

From the artist of Crying Freeman. This is the start of a short serialized story.

三等陸尉凹山三助の憂欝 (3rd Class Ouyama Sansuke's Depression)

By Yuu Takita (滝田ゆう). 19 pages.
Another strange little story with a Japanese officer leaving his wife behind to go to the base, where he's ordered to go out and sweep for an unexploded American bomb sitting underneath some present-day water and gas pipes. As he and the team try to disarm the bomb, the ticking sound gets louder and he fantasizes being back in bed with his wife. He wakes up, then stands at the window and looks out over the city, smoking a cigarette in the rain.

鬼太郎夜話 (Kitaro Night Stories) #9

By Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる). 24 pages.
The fake Kitaro and Nezumi Otoko are in a bind. They have three days to visit hell, get proof they were there and come back for the TV show. Nezumi comes up with a plan to destroy Neko Musume's chances at becoming a singer by having the fake Kitaro (FK) infiltrate the song contest she's entered and release a mouse during her performance. The trick works, and Neko Musume is unable to control her urges, turning into a were-cat in the middle of the song and chasing the mouse out of the theater. FK then goes to her house and tricks her into visiting a bridge where he tries to talk her into committing suicide with him. The idea is that a dual suicide is sure to get him sent to hell, but the yokai vest will be enough to let him return to the land of the living. At about this time, the real Kitaro returns home and sees the pail and shovel FK forgot behind him (to be used for bringing hell soil back with him) and he follows the footprints in the dirt to the bridge. FK panics and jumps off the bridge, pulling Neko Musume with him. FK drowns, then finds himself in a bog in hell.

At the same time, Mishima, the singer infected with Nezumi Otoko's vampire plant seed, has turned into an odd-looking piece of driftwood with a single sprout coming out of one end. An art dealer finds him and sells him to a coffee shop as ornamentation. Just so happens that it's the coffee shop where FK and Nezumi Otoko were making their original plans, but unable to move or talk, Mishima can't tell anyone what he's overheard.

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