Friday, December 6, 2013

Review: Toripan, vol. 15

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Toripan, vol. 15, by Nanko Torino, Grade: B
Toripan has been running in Morning magazine since 2005. It's pretty much Nanko's only manga so far, according to the Baka Updates description for her. It's a semi-autobiographical gag series that alternates between a short story, and 4-panel, formats. The art style can be very detailed at times, but usually it's kind of crude and sketchy. Just about everything revolves around Nanko's observations of, and interactions with, the birds in her neighborhood, although she does occasionally talk about visiting an old village, or venturing into the mountains to pick mushrooms. It's a pro-environment manga, and it's pretty clear that Nanko likes her subjects a lot.

(Back cover.)

While certain birds appear consistently throughout the series, there's no real on-going storyline. And since the bulk of the 132 pages of this book is 4-panel gags, there's not much point in giving a detailed summary. Suffice it to say that if you like birds, you'll like Toripan.

(Full color intro story - birds in the backyard during the winter.)

(4-panel gags. Birds like slush, but some of them aren't smart enough to stay out of the busy streets.)

(Nanko goes to a mountain to pick ashibono amigasa mushrooms, then discovers how much work they are to cook.)

The name "Toripan" is a combination of "tori", meaning "bird", and "pan", which is the bread that some of the birds like to eat. The story is set in the northeastern part of Japan (the Tohoku area.) Nanko herself is from Iwate, which is in Tohoku.

(A crow getting harassed by relatives(?))

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