Sunday, January 30, 2011

Garo 78

Garo #78, July, '70. Cover by Sampei Shirato. 234 pages.

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By Maki Sasaki (佐々木マキ). 1 page.
Just a single-panel nonsense image.

仰げば尊し (Look up to Nobility)

By Yuu Takita (滝田ゆう). 33 pages.
Another of the Terajima stories. This time, Kiyoshi and a friend are in class, where they're supposed to be practicing their kanji writing skills. The two start pushing each other around, messing up their writing sheets, so the teacher punishes them by drawing spirals on their foreheads with black ink. The two boys head home, while making up with each other again, and singing songs ridiculing the teacher. They stop at a water fountain and wash the ink off, but Kiyoshi's not sure if he got it all. They see the teacher going into a bar, and escape unseen. At home, Kiyoshi's mother is complaining about the flavor of the cooked rice, and suspects that Tama, the cat, had used the cooker as a litter box again. His mother catches him as he's going up the stairs, so he explains what had happened at school, but when he gets to his sister's room, he notices in her mirror that the ink is all gone and he kicks himself for whistling on himself unnecessarily. Back outside, Kiyoshi sees the teacher walking the streets, and the man almost acts like he doesn't know who the boy is. Kiyoshi continues on to play battle tops with his friends, and then spends the night practicing kanji writing on some old newspaper pages.

どぶ街 (Ditch Road, Final Part)

By Tadao Tsuge (つげ忠男). 38 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
The artist from the previous chapter is out walking around the village, and meets up with some of his old companions. He eventually makes his way back to the house of his friend's girlfriend and moves in with her (since the friend is going to be in jail for a while). Simultaneously, there's a typhoon coming, and two of the guys working at a factory debate quitting and finding new work. In the end, the older of the two workers goes home after the typhoon has ended, and steals some money from his wife to go play pachinko.

ひとつ目 (One Eye)

By Tsuguo Kougo (向後つぐお). 20 pages.
An old man has a dream that he's hunting a horse with one eye, and shoots it, killing it through the other eye. He wakes up in a sweat, he himself missing his right eye. A relative arrives to beg money from him, and he happily hands over some cash, just asking that the relative listen to his story about how his son had died in the war and how he'd lost his eye. A few nights later, he wakes up in the middle of the night to interrupt a burglar trying to ransack his safe. The old man gets angry and attacks the boy after being insulted over missing an eye. The two settle down and the old man says he'd be more than willing to give his money away, since he doesn't need it. Suddenly, the boy comments that he'd had a dream about the old man, including a horse with one eye. He gets disgusted and leaves with the money. The next day, the relative is back to ask for more cash, but there's nothing to give him this time. The relative leaves, commenting on how stupid the old man's dream sounds, and he appears to be about to fall asleep at the wheel. The old man sees the one-eyed horse from his dream outside his window. He runs after it, and then collapses in the middle of the street. While there's no direct connection between the relative getting sleepy and the old man dying in the street, it's possible that it was a hit and run. In any event, the old man lies dead, smiling peacefully, both of his eyes gone.

ほのお (Flame)

By Hiroyuki Ohtani (大谷弘行). 12 pages.
A black guy with an afro and a vest with no shirt underneath breaks into a security room and takes a key. He goes to a specific apartment and hides. Meanwhile, a man and his girlfriend are driving around, and the man drops the woman off at her building. He's about to light up a cigarette when he notices that he has her lighter. Rather than chase after her, he waits to return it the next day. In the apartment, the black guy is waiting and he attempts to rape the woman. Instead she bites off her tongue and bleeds to death. A detective finds the girl's boyfriend and comments on how the woman has been killed. The guy stands in shock, wondering why he hadn't tried returning the lighter right away.

勝又進作品集 (Katsumata's Creation Collection) #50

By Susumu Katsumata (勝又進). 5 pages.
More 3- and 4-panel gags.

呼び出し小鉄から血に飢えた虎徹へ (A Thirst for Blood from the Call of Kotetsu)
By Koshi Ueno (上野昂志). 2 pages.

新-日本書紀 (The New Old Chronicles) #17

By Mamoru Sasaki & Satsuko Okamoto (佐々木 守 & 岡本 颯子). 5 pages.

勝利者 (Victor)

By Miki Ibara (いばら美喜). 20 pages.
A middle-aged Japanese salaryman is carrying on a running monologue with himself about the survival of the fittest - how he's managed to outdo his competitors to become president of his own small company, how he's sleeping with the female owner of a bar, etc. When the bar owner comes home drunk, he has sex with her as she's passed out. There's a symbolic race of millions of tiny versions of himself all running to see which one will reach the symbolic version of the woman, but there can really only be one winner. However, a couple months later and the woman isn't pregnant. Rather than get depressed over being sterile, the guy rationalizes that he's really managed to defeat his own self at being the one survivor.

There's very little on Miki Ibara in either Japanese or English. She is an established shojo horror artist, and lists quite a few of her titles (unfortunately, I can't get the URL to print out here). There does seem to be a decent fan page for her, with some bio information, but no wiki pages.

災難 (Misfortune)

By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 16 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
A young man is imprisoned with a number of killers, but he remains optimistic because he didn't do anything wrong. His cheerfulness seems to be unappreciated and he is locked up in solitary confinement. Some months later, his jailer is back, this time to take him to the gallows to hang. He repeats that he's innocent, and the hangsmen all repeat that everyone says that. The man tries to escape but is captured again. When he says that he's just one man, and that they should let him go, the jailer repeats that everyone executed up to this point was "just one man".

ちちくり長屋 (Chichikuri Tenements)

By Yoshiko Naka (仲佳子). 12 pages.
A peeping tom tries to spy on the couple in the next room, but keeps getting foiled. He goes outside, where a different couple has fallen out of a boat in a lake and is shouting for help. The male half of the couple shouts "help, help", but the peeping tom doesn't understand English and while he's looking in his translation dictionary, the foreigner drowns. Instead, the peeping tom gets a fishing rod and tries to reel in the woman, but he only succeeds in pulling off her dress. She too drowns, and the peeping tom watches as her naked spirit ascends to heaven.

少年と少女 (Boy and Girl)

By Yukiko Kitagawa (北川由紀子). 12 pages.
A village girl is patiently waiting for her childhood boyfriend to return from university in Tokyo. She gets nervous over the idea of competing against all the pretty women she's heard of that live in the big city, so she tries to dress herself up and put on heavy makeup like the Tokyo women do. When the boyfriend does arrive, he looks at the girl and thinks that she's changed too much from what he remembers. Finally he goes back to Tokyo to complete his studies, and to the waiting arms of his Tokyo girlfriend.

No real information on Yukiko Kitagawa. She does seem to have at least one or two books available used, but all long out of print and there's no cover images for them.

紫の伝説 二の章 (Purple Legend, 2 Chapters)

By Masuzou Furukawa (古川益三). 28 pages.
A young man dressed as a pilgrim walking the dirt roads of old Japan has an argument with God over whether he should try to kill the driver of the truck that had killed his girlfriend. This particular God is fairly nihilistic, and says that life is pain, and all pain comes as part of his plan. After a while, a monk walking down the road chases off the God, who turns out to actually just be a minor demon out for some fresh air. The pilgrim then continues the argument with the monk, who seems to be more pragmatic. In the end, the monk disappears in a cloud of smoke and the pilgrim finds himself outside of a train station in the countryside.

赤色エレジー (Red-Colored Elegy)

By Seiichi Hayashi (林静一). 21 pages.
The boy and the girl have a fight. The boy runs away.

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