Sunday, January 23, 2011

Garo 76

Garo #76, May, '70. Cover by Ryouichi Ikegami. 234 pages.
Special dedicated to Ryouichi Ikegami. As mentioned before, Ikegami may be better known for hyper-realistic crime works like Crying Freeman, but he got his start doing horror in Garo. A lot of his earlier stories are kind of heavy-handed, and the endings can be predictable. But you can see a gradual improvement in his art style over time. It's still a far cry from Freeman, but he does get better eventually.

雪国 (Snow Country)
By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 28 pages.
Snow Country first appeared in Garo #67, Nov., 1969.

夏 (Summer)
By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 20 pages.
Summer first appeared in Garo #36, Aug., 1967.

地球儀 (Globe)
By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 18 pages.
Globe first appeared in Garo #37, Sept., 1967.

禁猟区 (Game Preserve)
By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 34 pages.
Game Preserve first appeared in Garo #39, Nov., 1967.

無風時間 (Calm Hours)
By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 29 pages.
Calm Hours is the second of Ikegami's attempt at creating a Fuutarou series based on a one-eyed kid looking for his father. It first appeared in Garo #44, April, 1968.

「永遠の少年」リョウイッツアン ("Perpetual Boy" Ryou-ittsuan)

By Manabu Ohyama (大山学). 1 page.
Manabu appeared in Garo twice before, with "Accident", and "Fossil Forest". Here we have a one-page mix of text and one drawing.

片目男の独白 (The One-Eyed Man's Monologue)
By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 20 pages.
One-Eyed Man's Monologue is the third of the Fuutarou stories, appearing in Garo #49, Aug., 1968.

ぼやけた世界 (Blurred World)

By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 14 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
Yukio is a former Japanese boxer who was KO'd during a title match against a black opponent. Several years later, he's a cheap thug who beats up drunks so that his partner can take their wallets. The partner promises to bring a new girl around to their regular haunt - a jazz club - that evening. Yukio doesn't care, because all he has any interest in is boxing, and no non-boxer could understand that. Unfortunately, one of the aftereffects of a lifetime of boxing is blurred vision and a smashed in nose. The partner arrives with the girl in tow. Her name is Rumi, and she acts impressed at Yukio's list of credits, saying that she loves strong men. Later, Yukio and the partner walk out to a park to look for another drunk to roll, and Yukio says that he couldn't go out with Rumi - she's a fan of his and he wouldn't do that to a fan. However, when Yukio starts pounding of their target, he's relentless, and the partner runs away in fear. The drunk collapses to the ground, and Yukio finds himself helpless - his glasses had fallen off and he can't find them on his own. The partner runs back to the bar to confirm something that Yukio had said - yes, she is indeed Yukiko's little sister. The partner calls her a slut, and she just laughs hysterically, tears rolling down her cheeks.

白い液体 (White Fluid)
By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 24 pages.
White Fluid first appeared in Garo #61, June, 1969.

かげろう (Mayfly)
By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 28 pages.
Mayfly first appeared in Garo #66, Oct., 1969.

スリップ (Slip)

By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 16 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
The story starts with a truck hitting a small boy. Then switches to a taxi dispatch center, where some of the drivers are putting snow chains on their tires in preparation for the snow storm predicted to hit the city that night. The main character, named "Te-chan", decides to not put on the chains since he doesn't need them. That night, he's driving a well-dressed female passenger when he slips into a daydream of being at home and playing with his wife and small son. They watch Tensai Bakabon on TV. Suddenly he snaps out of the reverie in time to barely avoid smashing into a telephone pole. As it is, he'd slid in sideways and cracked the sideview mirror. The passenger just explodes on him, demanding to know why he doesn't have chains on the tires, why he'd endanger the life of a valued passenger, and what he expects her to do now that they're stranded out in the middle of nowhere with no other cars nearby for her to ride back in. He envisions the small boy that had been hit by the truck at the beginning of the story, then snaps and attacks the woman, with her image reflected in the cracked mirror.

池上青年のこと (About Ikegami)
By Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる). 1 page.
Short comment about Ikegami. Actually, this is only 1/3 page, but my script can't handle text fractions.

純情で義理人情にあつく (A Pure Heart and a Sense of Moral Obligation)
By Yoshiharu Tsuge (つげ義春). 1 page.
Short comment about Ikegami. Actually, this is only 1/3 page, but my script can't handle text fractions.

ダメな男とダメな女 (Useless Man and Useless Woman)
By Seiichi Hayashi (林静一). 1 page.
Short comment about Ikegami. Actually, this is only 1/3 page, but my script can't handle text fractions.

ある日の池上一家 (A Day at Ikegami's House)

By Susumu Katsumata (勝又進). 2 pages.
Short gag bit about the chaos that occasionally breaks out at Ryouichi's place.

殺意とはやさしさの別名 (A Gentle Penname for an Intent to Kill)
By Asajiro Kikuchi (菊地浅次郎). 1 page.
Article. Not much coming up for Asajiro Kikuchi (1939-). There's a mention of him as an actor in one Japanese film, and he's got credits for writing children's literature. But little else beyond that.

教われない状況、苛立つ人々 (Untaught State of Affairs, Everyone is Irritated)
By Jun Kajii (梶井純). 4 pages.
This is a 4-page interview between Jun and Ikegami. Jun (1941-) is a manga critic. AnimeNewsNetWork lists "Jun Kaji" as producer on a couple of Crayon Shin-chan, and Doraemon episodes.

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