Posts Tagged ‘Kodansha’
Aku no Hana, Flower of Evil
by Shuzo Oshimi
Serialized in Shounen Magazine
Licensed by Vertical
A young boy falls in love with prettiest girl in class and makes a crucial mistake.
A girl witnesses the young boy’s act and uses it against the boy’s fragile heart.
Another girl longs to save the boy.
This shounen title about adolescents and their control issues may have a lot of contemporaries but it is immature to assume that this story is nothing but erotic fanfare. Unlike Sundome and Nana to Kaoru, Flowers of Evil understands that ‘strength’ comes from great insecurities and weakness. However, this ‘strength’ is not about climbing mountains and emerging victorious. This involves strength in crossing the dark side of the mountain and how to bask in it — nourishing our personal demons.
When I think of April, I think of spring.
When I imagine spring1, I think of sakura trees.
And when I think of sakura trees, I dream of walking under rows of sakura trees, while a blossom gently falls on my forehead.
And then I die in Rainbow Bridge. Or fall off Tokyo Tower.
And that’s when I think of nothing but CLAMP.
I think it’s proper to assume that we’ve all had our sakura dreams thanks to CLAMP.
- we only have summer, rains, and cold drafts in Manila [↩]
I have all of these awesome feelings when this week started and the most awesome of announcements was Historie winning the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize for 2012!
Historie’s the story of Eumenes and his adventures with Alexander the Great’s Macedonian army. If you love your Greek history, this is a title that you shouldn’t miss! According to the screening committee, the title has brought excitement as it drew closer to historical events. At the same time, some members were also impressed with the strength that came out of young men at that time! While I find their comments to be a natural impression on a great historical story, I believe that Eumenes’ strength lies in its ability to capture the energy and the landscape of that time.
That said, I really haven’t caught up with this title since I last reviewed it (it was running slow in Afternoon for a while) but I’m assuming that based on the cover of the 7th volume, Alexander’s a lot older and has probably chased Darius away!1
I’m still quite surprised that this title has not been picked up. I’m actually just as surprised that the manly history boom hasn’t exactly started yet in English translated manga. Thermae Romae’s licensing was quite a bold move, but we have yet to see sweeping epic manly tales of vikings and Macedonians in our bookstores. Hopefully, we’ll see them soon but for now we can at least enjoy some bit of history through titles like Vagabond and Emma. And maybe Afterschool Charisma.
Other winners were Itoh Yu’s Shut Hell for the New Artist Prize and Roswell Hosoki’s Sake no Hoso Michi for the Short Work Prize. At the same, in recognition of their efforts in giving children free copies of Shounen Jump during the time of the earthquake, Shiokawa Bookstore from Sendai was also given a Special award with the grand prize of 1,00,000 yen.
Source: Comic Natalie
Just where did January and February go?!
I promised myself in my last spotlight that I will make a point in writing 12 spotlights for this year, but here I am in March writing my first spotlight! Que horror!
That said, starting the spotlight again is a lot better than not ever continuing it at all! I’ve really loved writing and sharing why I love a particular author (or series) and hear why people love them as well. More than that, March is a special month for me. It’s only in March where I get to be a little more selfish about my tastes.
I’ve decided that March is the month where I get to write authors that have driven me crazy or have puzzled me entirely. Last year, it was Nakamura Asumiko’s mesmerizing eyes. This year, it is the mystery of Yamashita Tomoko — a rising star in manga who is both amazing and cruel.
It feels like 2012 took me in like a tornado. I spent the first week thrown into the fray of work and my lungs were hacking a lot more than what I inhale. That said, the year has started to calm down and I am more than pleased to see the nominees for Manga Taishou this year.
Last year, it felt like there were clear winners among the nominees. While I felt that the horse-riding bride of Otoyomegatari (A Bride’s Story) will be shooting straight for the coveted prize, Sangatsu no Lion seemed to have played the right pieces last year and took the prize home.
This year’s nominees is quite an interesting set. For one, I can’t seem to distinguish who will take the Manga Taishou home. More so, it seems that there are brave soldiers who are still fighting for this prestigious prize.