January 17, 2005

The best things in life are $10 apiece

Courtesy of Cognitive Dissonance, now's a good a time as any to get on the Imadoki! and Sgt. Frog trains. Assuming you aren't already, of course.

MNS points out the webpage of Kazuo Umezu, a horror manga-ka who is "generally considered as the godfather of the horror manga genre, authoring Orochi: Blood*, Drifting Classroom, Baptism of Blood and Left Hand of God, Right Hand of the Devil."

*This one is available in the U.S., I'm pretty sure.

Today's scanlation of choice, should you choose to accept it, is Usamaru Furuya's The Music of Marie, a gorgeously rendered tale that somehow manages to out-Miyazaki Miyazaki in its construction of fantasy worlds and sweeping landscapes. From Kotonoha: " ... A world in which men are watched over by the mechanical goddess Marie who at times appears in the sky. Marie's music brings people happiness and harmony. Their life is free from advanced technology and the longing for progress. The main story centers around Kai, a young man who develops a deep affection for Marie. His quest for enlightenment leads him inside Marie's mechanical body where he learns the unbelievable truth about her and his own world."

4 Comments:

Sam Costello said...

Orochi: Blood is indeed available in the U.S. Viz published it in 2002 or thereabouts. I wish they'd do more of his stuff - I want more Umezu!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous said...

"The Music of Marie" is currently being translated in France (the first volume came out some 2 months ago).
It's pretty good, Usamaru Furuya is a great author (I love his "Short Cuts" !), I hope we'll see more of his work translated ! :)

Audrey

12:52 PM  
Pata said...

SHORT CUTS! That's where I know Furuya from. Viz published that long ago and those stories are awesome.

Man, why does France get all the good comics? ;)

9:57 PM  
Anonymous said...

Man, why does France get all the good comics? > Because of our gallic charm ? ;)

There is a real boom in the manga sector right now, lots of news publishers, *lots* of new titles, and the old series going on, it is now impossible to read everything.
But you still got some "exclusive" stuff in the Sates. I'd like to see Santa Inoue edited in France. As well as Samurai Executioner (we waited until last year to get Lone wolf and Cub, talk about a lack of insight...).

Audrey

3:04 PM  

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