Comics Underground - Japan: A Manga Anthology Paperback – Apr 25 1996
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This is a fantastic book if you want manga. It shows several brief short manga stories. All of them are drawn from the Japanese manga magazine "Garo", which features underground, free-thinking manga. While not all of these stories are visually appealing (some can give the sensation of having acid splashed on your eyes), all are interesting and thought-provoking. My personal favorite is "Steel Pipe Melancholia" a simple but fascinating story of a man who is asked to guard a broken pipe. Other gems in this book are "Mercy Flesh" (with stunningly beautiful artwork) and "Laughing Ball" (with it's dark portrayal of the lives of members of a freak show).
There are two problems with this book - one, the cover is foul. This book never leaves my home after one trip to the park where I recieved more than a few horrified looks. The other problem is the violence. Yes, some of these stories have horrific violence. A face being cut off and a child's head smashed against a wall are among such scenes. These are incredibly gruesome, even for one as hardened and desensitized as myself. It shouldn't be read by children. But this doesn't take the quality down any. If you are slightly put off by the violence, you can skip those stories. If you go sick at the sight of a drop of blood, then don't buy the book.
But if you can look through the gore to the stories beneath, trust me when I say that you'll find pure gold.
(One final thing. One other reviewer interpreted Planet of the Jap as being an attack on the American soldier's treatment of Japanese people after WWII. I disagree.Read more ›
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Both the reviews below fail to clarify a few things. Post war Japan was a horrible place. Planet of Japs is a comment on American soldiers' treatment to Japanese civillians. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2001