Gonna post a randomly chosen collection of oneshots or individual chapters in a longer series that can still be understood.
Feel free to talk about or recommend any recent oneshots.
This first one is Beta!, by Urasawa Naoki (Monster, 20th century Boys), which was included in the collection, NASA.
This next one's called Cool Lady, by Nananan Kiriko, in the collection titled "Water."
I was actually considering on posting that one, but now I won't so you'll get to see something new.
This next one's called "Her Confession" from Ishikawa Masayuki (Moyashimon, Junketsu no Maria), included in the collection, Weekly Ishikawa Masayuki.
Oh good, I'm glad there are people reading it. I really should post it more now that I finished translating it but it's just so long it's kind of a pain. Nice to see people can get past the dated art and enjoy the story.
Also, if you're curious about the historical context behind the manga itself, I wrote a post on it when I finished it: http://hoxtranslations.blogspot.com/2016/02/some-thoughts-on-adaptation-sangokushi.html
This next one's called I am a Piano, by Nakamura Asumiko. It used to be posted pretty often long time ago, now that I think of it. It was included in the collection, "Le théâtre."
That one I found because I like Ishikawa Masayuki. I usually use mangaupdates.com to look at what other stuff mangaka I like have done.
This next one called "No Deposit!" is by the God of Manga himself, Tezuka, and was included in the collection, Fuusuke.
If you're looking specifically for bizarre oneshots collections, it's not that hard to come across everything translated. Especially given common authors, influences and themes.
For people who don't know, in a traditional Japanese family, the wife is expected to "husband" the husband's earnings. You see the archetype of the dominant mother controlling the purse-strings pretty often in comedies.
Much appreciated. Oneshot manga is among some of the best I've read.
I'm really partial to Rui Kyoko's oneshots, but I feel like they're pretty well read.
Cigarette Anthology MENTHOL has some cool stuff.
Yeah, maybe it's more often in comedies because it's a subversion of the typical male-female dynamic.
Next is one "Snow White," from Morohoshi Daijirou's Sneewittchen.
And before some kraut tries to tell me it's spelled "Schneewittchen," NO IT ISN'T. The original is a Low German tale.
And now a quirky and adorable oneshot titled Nyanderful by Asakura Sekaiichi. I still have to translate some of his stuff one of these days.
Aside from continuing Planet of Sutakola and Wombs, I'm gonna be starting up Kamui-Den and Yokoyama's Shiji.
And now for something a little twisted, a little depraved, but always fun, a Shintarou Kago oneshot titled, "Labyrinth."
Next one is titled "Murderer Paradox" from the collection "Terrarium in Drawer" by Kui Ryoko (Dungeon Meshi).
You should feel amazed that he drew all those mazes. Must've been a little tedious. I'm pretty sure they're all workable, too. Some supposedly even spell out funny messages.
It's good. She's a talented mangaka with a knack for original execution.
One more story from Terrarium in Drawer.
And now a chapter from the 1-volume story, Journey to the End of the World.
And now the oneshot "Slow Down" by the great Hagio Moto.
Did you mean to quote >>151634855 instead?
If you want to know more about it, Shiji is THE classic when it comes to Chinese history. Pretty much defined Chinese historiography (how history should be written) all the way up to the modern era. The manga adaptation is basically Yokoyama drawing a lot of fun little stories taken from the book. Stuff about famous assassins, corrupt kings, loyal ministers, genious generals, and the like. Fun to consume in small amounts if you're a history fan.
Mostly western, but i've working my ways toward eastern history over this break. I started with the typical ro3k and sengoku jidai. I enjoying it so far, Ro3k drama was fun.
Gonna post a rather abstract story by Furuya Usamaru (Short Cuts, Music of Marie) titled "The Origin of Nudity," which is the first chapter in the collection, "Garden."
It'll be fun if people post their interpretations of it.
Yeah, then you'll probably enjoy it.
I can remember a fair amount. It's kind of like remembering the plot of movies you like, unless you're talking about really specific info, like dates and shit, which I never cared much for.
I can tell that the same classical art piece that inspired Miura here directly inspired this work here
I think it's basically an allegory of how the most fertile and deep thinkers have an almost obsessive-drive to see beyond the surface (skin-deep level) and think about the foundational structures ("nudity") that underlie the universe and existence itself. This "nudity" rejects any sort of aesthetics on the skin-deep level and is thus seen as grotesque. I'm not sure if the "Mother of Grief" is the mangaka saying that this rejection/isolation necessarily leads to grief, or it's just a simple-minded insult made by those who value the superficial.
I might be missing something though, which is why I posted it in hopes of getting alternate interpretations.
And now for something much simpler, Jurassic Gakuen.
Yeah, LWA for sure. Dunno about the others. Will depend on which threads catch my interest.
It seems like his interpretation of Bosch's painting.
There seems to be the general theme that the fleshy body is inherently sinful. To be free of sin is to be modest and free of superficial desires. By pursuing deeper thought, weirdos to the general populace, the great thinkers have tried to unravel the universe and the dichotomy of good and evil. They inch closer to God than those in paradise, but I guess the true rectifier, equalizer, atonement, whatever you call it, is death. I'm not entirely sure what to make of the death and rebirth.
Hmm, I don't think girl died though in the course of the story. She simply becomes another Mother of Grief that co-exists with her own mother, so I don't think the story is emphasizing the death/rebirth cycle. I agree with the rest of what you wrote though.
Next one is a oneshot that was included in vol. 2 of Baka & Gogh by Katou Shinkichi. A bit long but good.
>and my biggest shortcomings are my arms
Perhaps the grieving is in the unenviable curse of pursuing knowledge. Only in death do we have respite, but our dissemination of knowledge forces our children to bear our pains.
That's a pretty good way of putting it.
Holy shit, and I thought Tatsuhiko was strange.
Wait, so the son decided to get maried to a normal woman, but she came home before him and the parents misstook her for him?
Just let it go, man. The words NTR and cuck are so overused that they've lost any real meaning. Baka & Gogh was always about friendship from the beginning until the end, not romance. I love it because of that.
Yeah I think it'll help to not expect those two to get together from the very beginning.