Bound for promotion on the Shima Kosaku bus!

On a business trip to Yamaguchi Prefecture recently, I happened to see this bus, decorated with Shima Kosaku panels! Coincidence that Mulele and I had just recorded a podcast where we talked about this comic!

The bus!

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#187 Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist, and Trying Human

7/6/09 Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist, and Trying Human

Full Metal Alchemist Why choose sides? Japanese comics and American comics both have their good points. Tim and Jarrett talk about two, “Naruto” by Masashi Kishimoto, and “Full Metal Alchemist” by Hiromu Arakawa.
Trying Human Tim gets a taste of his own medicine when Emy Bitner’s alien-abduction Web comic “Trying Human” reminds him of his own comic — and not in a good way. Tim and Mulele discuss the importance of keeping the size of your cast manageable.

#180 “Ghost in the Shell”: What in the hell?!

5/18/09 “Ghost in the Shell”: What in the hell?!

Ghost in the ShellMasamune Shirow’s future tale “Ghost in the Shell” reads like someone’s private comic that wasn’t meant for public consumption. Tim, Mulele, and Kumar find that they can’t so much consume the story as gag on it uncomprehendingly… although the pictures are nice.

#125 The Four Immigrants Manga

04/28/08 The Four Immigrants Manga

The Four Immigrants MangaFLASHBACK! The Four Immigrants Manga is the story of Japanese immigrants in early 20th century San Francisco. Tim and Kumar review.

The Four Immigrants Manga : A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924

Review: “Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days”

Just read the first book in the Neon Genesis Evangelion series by Funino Hayashi (English version published by ADV). I found it a little creepy, probably intentionally so.

It’s an interesting mix of a standard teenage soap-opera and science fiction. I suspect there’s more SF to come in subsequent volumes; this one is mainly teen soap, except for the suggestion that the class the main characters all find themselves in is not a coincidental mix: they’re all being groomed for some purpose and are all being called into a lab for exams.

I found this creepy because it suggested they were going to be experimented on, although the attraction page for Volume 2 revealed that it’s not quite that creepy after all. Seems as though they’re all going to be controlling giant robots or something. Whatever the story is on an SF level, the dynamics set up among the characters in the first volume promise to keep the teen-soap element in play.

The main characters are Shinji and his female friend Asuka, who insists she has no romantic interest in Shinji — but then flashes hot with jealousy when a transfer student, Rei, reveals that she’s falling for Shinji. Other subplots are in a similar vein.

It’s fairly standard manga material, but it kept my interest enough that I’m planning on picking up the second volume.

#141 “Dr. Slump” and “Cromartie High School”

Dr. SlumpGag manga! Tim talks to manga translator Kumar about two hilarious Japanese comics series, “Dr. Slump” by Akira Toriyama, and “Cromartie High School” by Eiji Nonaka.

8/18/08 “Dr. Slump” and “Cromartie High School”