Sunday, July 25, 2010

Garo 48

Garo #48, July, '68. Cover by Sampei Shirato. 202 pages.
Two points here. First, this is the second issue to drop back down to 202 pages, after having been up at 230+ pages for several months. Second, there's something funny with the issue numbering. We went from #46 in June to #48 in July. I can't find anything online right away to indicate that there was a special edition for #47, but there's a good probability that's what's happened.

カムイ伝 (Kamui-den) #42

By Sampei Shirato (白土三平). 60 pages.
The story returns to the hard life of the villagers in Kamui's home town. This time, they've been forced to work cutting down trees from the surrounding hillsides in order to supply the demand for rebuilding Edo following the last big fire. They really resent being controlled by some of the vagrants, and a misstep results in one of the villagers being crushed under a falling tree. They demand time off to show respect to the newly dead, but the merchant driving them has promised 3000 logs to be delivered when the ships arrive to pick them up in 3 days, and he's going to hold the villagers to that promise. At some point, the villagers notice that the body is missing and they run off to find it. Turns out that it was taken by a Japanese version of Robin Hood - Ryounoshin in a disguise as a one-eyed bandit.

Ryounoshin is terrorizing the local merchants and righting wrongs. He enters the house of the lumber merchant and takes all of his money, which is then given to the villagers. When a samurai tries to interfere and haul the villagers in front of a court, Ryounoshin returns, captures the samurai and lynches him.

Kazuma and his uncle decide to get involved and lay a trap for Ryounoshin by taking over an inn and threatening some girls. Ryounoshin falls for it and his men are slaughtered. He finds himself up against two of the most fearsome fighters in the area at the moment. In the final attack, it looks like Kazuma has killed Ryounoshin just to get him out of the way (the uncle wanted to capture him). In the end, the villagers are back to harvesting lumber, but now there are several sets of eyes hiding, watching them from the shadows.

ゲンセンカン主人 (The Head of Gensenkan Household)

By Yoshiharu Tsuge (つげ義春). 29 pages.
Yet another story from the Neji-shiki collection I'd reviewed before. This one is something of a horror story, with a Jimmy Stewart-like character returning to his home town to receive a religious ceremonial blessing from the local crazy woman who supposedly will do anything he asks for. He assaults her during the ceremony and she resists until she understands what he's asking for. She doesn't mind having sex as long as she is dressed up for it. At the end, the guy's doppelganger arrives wearing a mask, terrifying everyone.

「報道者の問われていること」 (A question for journalists) #40
By Koshi Ueno (上野昂志). 2 pages.

日本忍法伝 (Japan Ninja Arts Legend) #30

By Mamoru Sasaki & Satsuko Okamoto (佐々木 守 & 岡本 颯子). 6 pages.
Subtitled (玄海讃歌 (Genkai Eulogy), Part 26). Genkai can either refer to the city, which was in Saga Prefecture near Fukuoka, Kyuushu, or the nearby Genkai Sea.

勝又進 作品集 (Katsumata's Creation Collection) #25

By Susumu Katsumata (勝又進). 8 pages.
Just the one part this time. 3- and 4-panel gag strips.

けろりんたん りんたん たん (Kerorintan rintan tan)

By Mitsuo Fujisawa (藤沢光男). 16 pages.
A nonsense story from the sporadic nonsense master. There's no clear story or message in this rambling piece where a fugitive eats part of the person that he hides under, and then gets turned into a balloon.

インドの宝 (Indian Treasure)

By Tamehiro Tashiro (田代為寛). 14 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
The creator of "Mysterious Ball" and "Space Event" is back. A man out drifting on the ocean on a raft encounters a guy from India stranded on an island. The Indian jumps on the raft, and eats half of the guy's food. The guy has a map to a great Indian treasure, which the Indian tries to take. At some point, the Indian talks the guy into diving into the ocean with him, and the guy discovers that the treasure is actually the sunrise as seen from under the water.

The Petit プチ (The Petite Pooch)

By Takako Harada (原田孝子). 10 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
A young girl finds a stray puppy and takes it to school, where the other kids fall in love with it but the teacher objects to having pets in class. She brings it home, and her mother drop kicks it out of the house, making the girl hate her mother. The puppy disappears for a while. Eventually, she finds it again, but when she approaches, it runs away. As she chases after it, the puppy slowly starts treating this all as a game. The girl keeps talking about how she loves the dog. But then it runs into the street and gets hit by a car. The girl hates the dog for bleeding on her hands, which then marks the point where she turns into a grown-up.

Nothing directly coming up for Takako. There's a couple of hits under this name in English as having worked as an ink and paint artist on Vampire Hunter D and Card Capture Sakura, and there's an entry as a model. But no specific bio information for a manga artist of this name that I can find quickly.

殺人者 (Killer)

By Maki Sasaki (佐々木まき). 17 pages.
Supposedly based on an Ernest Hemingway story, a pair of thugs (a man and a boy) enter a bar where the man orders some spaghetti. The two tie up a young bartender and the cook, and make the older bartender wait with them until their target arrives. He's supposed to show up every few days, but always at 6. He fails to appear this day, and the younger bartender runs out to find him. He's apparently a sheriff, but his badge has a dollar sign on it instead of the word sheriff. The target refuses to leave the cell where he's curled up on a bunk, and nothing really gets resolved.

剥製の館 (Stuffed Animal Mansion)

By Yuu Takita (滝田ゆう). 12 pages.
A stranger enters the shop of a taxidermist and offers him a lot of money to do an emergency job. The taxidermist follows the stranger to a building where the task is to stuff a human. The stranger and some companions had been impressed by the quality of the work done on a stuffed eagle, so the taxidermist uses that as inspiration on what is actually a dead general. The stranger is overwhelmed by the reconstruction on the general and asks the taxidermist to take on a second job - fixing up all the corpses of a hill of soldiers in the next room. The guy tries to run away, and we see that the building is actually an American field hospital in Vietnam.

鬼太郎夜話 (Kitaro Night Stories) #14

By Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる). 24 pages.
Nezumi Otoko goes to a ghost doctor and has the missing piece of his head sewn back on. Now with 100% of his brain functional again, he remembers the vampire plant. He goes to the shop that bought the plant and uses most of the beatnik's money to buy it back, and the remainder of the money to buy a house out on an island in the middle of a river. He has the vampire plant shipped to the house and pours the rest of the monster blood bank blood on it, Later, he finds that there's already a monster living there - a wood cutter ghost. Nezumi Otoko helps the monster saw off a branch of a tree, then discovers that the wood cutter had grabbed the vampire plant in order to chop it up. Nezumi Otoku faints on realizing what he's just done.

Mizuki (the one that had been trapped in hell, not the author) is told that his rent is about to go up. Kitaro and the fake would be evicted too, so they go out to find work. The fake won't take on any shady jobs, but demands to be paid too well, so he and Kitaro go separate ways on their searches. The real Kitaro happens on a company president who knows about him from the Kitaro Night Stories series. The president was just about to go looking for Kitaro himself. Seems that the president wants Kitaro to act as kind of a collections agent for monsters that aren't paying off their loans.

1 comment:

Xavier Guilbert said...

Indeed, the "missing" issue is probably the Tsuge Yoshiharu Tokushuu, which is dated June 1968. The Garo Database always comes in handy at times like these... :-)