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Comics Underground Japan presents the wild, subversive world of Japan’s most accomplished underground comics artists. Some of the dozen artists included in this anthology will be familiar to followers of manga; others make their American debut in these pages. The richly imaginative stories in this volume show a great range of graphic style, from painstakingly detailed craf Comics Underground Japan presents the wild, subversive world of Japan’s most accomplished underground comics artists. Some of the dozen artists included in this anthology will be familiar to followers of manga; others make their American debut in these pages. The richly imaginative stories in this volume show a great range of graphic style, from painstakingly detailed craftsmanship to exuberant, maniacal renderings. At the heart of each work in this anthology is a unique personal vision and a fierce artistic compulsion–these manga artists are the misfits of the art form, and they are its visionaries. Included stories are: 1. "Hell's Angel" by Yoshikaze Ebisu 2. "It's All Right if Yiu Don't Understand" by Yoshikaze Ebisu 3. "Steel Pipe Melancholia" by Masakazu Toma 4. "Future Sperm Brazil" by Takashi Nemoto 5. "A Love Like Lemons" by Carol Shimoda 6. "Selfish Carol's Summer Vacation" by Carol Shimoda 7. "Mercy Flesh (Jiniku)" by Kazuichi Hanawa 8. "Don Quixote #1 & #2" by Yasuji Tanioka 9. "Planet of the Jap" by Suehiro Maruo 10. "Mary’s Asshole" by Hanako Yamada 11. "Volvox" by Pan Migawa 12. "Bigger and Better" by Muddy Wehara 13. "Laughing Ball" by Hideshi Hino 14. "Cat Noodle Soup" by Hajime Yamano & Nekojiro


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Comics Underground Japan presents the wild, subversive world of Japan’s most accomplished underground comics artists. Some of the dozen artists included in this anthology will be familiar to followers of manga; others make their American debut in these pages. The richly imaginative stories in this volume show a great range of graphic style, from painstakingly detailed craf Comics Underground Japan presents the wild, subversive world of Japan’s most accomplished underground comics artists. Some of the dozen artists included in this anthology will be familiar to followers of manga; others make their American debut in these pages. The richly imaginative stories in this volume show a great range of graphic style, from painstakingly detailed craftsmanship to exuberant, maniacal renderings. At the heart of each work in this anthology is a unique personal vision and a fierce artistic compulsion–these manga artists are the misfits of the art form, and they are its visionaries. Included stories are: 1. "Hell's Angel" by Yoshikaze Ebisu 2. "It's All Right if Yiu Don't Understand" by Yoshikaze Ebisu 3. "Steel Pipe Melancholia" by Masakazu Toma 4. "Future Sperm Brazil" by Takashi Nemoto 5. "A Love Like Lemons" by Carol Shimoda 6. "Selfish Carol's Summer Vacation" by Carol Shimoda 7. "Mercy Flesh (Jiniku)" by Kazuichi Hanawa 8. "Don Quixote #1 & #2" by Yasuji Tanioka 9. "Planet of the Jap" by Suehiro Maruo 10. "Mary’s Asshole" by Hanako Yamada 11. "Volvox" by Pan Migawa 12. "Bigger and Better" by Muddy Wehara 13. "Laughing Ball" by Hideshi Hino 14. "Cat Noodle Soup" by Hajime Yamano & Nekojiro

30 review for Comics Underground -- Japan: A Manga Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rand

    This book is totally badass. As the cover suggests, some of these comix are rather subversive but none are moreso than Maruo Suehiro's Planet of the Jap, a nationalist rewriting of WWII. And then there's Hanako Yamada Mary's Asshole. But they're all weird and wonderful in their own unique way. Ebisu Yoshikazu did a cute story involving salarymen spanking each other. Many of the artists here in this book are very difficult to find anywhere else (like Muddy Uehara). A few other excerpts are viewable This book is totally badass. As the cover suggests, some of these comix are rather subversive but none are moreso than Maruo Suehiro's Planet of the Jap, a nationalist rewriting of WWII. And then there's Hanako Yamada Mary's Asshole. But they're all weird and wonderful in their own unique way. Ebisu Yoshikazu did a cute story involving salarymen spanking each other. Many of the artists here in this book are very difficult to find anywhere else (like Muddy Uehara). A few other excerpts are viewable on this site, which includes ordering information. This insightful review from Anime News Network reveals that half of the female contributors to this volume committed suicide. Note that the Japanese right-to-left convention of pagination is retained in this English translation.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Inn Auni

    The comic consisted of 14 stories. I like Laughing Ball the most. Okay, it's the only one I like. The rest was either baffling or plain weird. It's not a bad thing. But, I don't get the message. The art style varies as it was each story were by different creator. There's one that could be say as a propaganda. The comic consisted of 14 stories. I like Laughing Ball the most. Okay, it's the only one I like. The rest was either baffling or plain weird. It's not a bad thing. But, I don't get the message. The art style varies as it was each story were by different creator. There's one that could be say as a propaganda.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lindu Pindu

    Not being a fan of mainstream manga- I don't see Naruto as art- this nifty compilation of lesser known works spanning different eras introduced me to a world of possibilities. I felt like these Japanese artists each exposed something very intimate about themselves. Most pieces are for adults only- either because of their intent, or because they're explicit. Either way, the heart of their hardcore-ness lies not the depiction of gratuitous sex or violence, rather in their honesty in exposing the il Not being a fan of mainstream manga- I don't see Naruto as art- this nifty compilation of lesser known works spanning different eras introduced me to a world of possibilities. I felt like these Japanese artists each exposed something very intimate about themselves. Most pieces are for adults only- either because of their intent, or because they're explicit. Either way, the heart of their hardcore-ness lies not the depiction of gratuitous sex or violence, rather in their honesty in exposing the ills of society- from the war-time national ethos of giving your life for the emperor and being thankful that you're allowed to do so, to petty everyday thoughts that make us retreat inside our heads, building a barrier between ourselves and those around us. No wonder some of these mangaka are underground even in their home country. I like precisely this willingness to expose fears, and thrust them in a reader's unprepared face.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Balfour

    Definitely the best of these underground manga anthologies. Leagues ahead of Secret Comics Japan and Ax: Volume 1.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben Bueno

    Like any other Comics anthology ever, this was a mixed bag. I enjoyed most of it, but none of the stories blew my mind or anything like that. Still, I'm glad I got to experience this collection of obscure and extremely bizarre manga. Definitely worth at least a try. Like any other Comics anthology ever, this was a mixed bag. I enjoyed most of it, but none of the stories blew my mind or anything like that. Still, I'm glad I got to experience this collection of obscure and extremely bizarre manga. Definitely worth at least a try.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This may be the best alternative manga anthology in English. But it is so sad to see even this good collection that is not afraid to criticize the religion, fascism, militarism, & revisionist history of Japan is indifferent to misogyny. I had expected that but still it's so sad and upsetting. This may be the best alternative manga anthology in English. But it is so sad to see even this good collection that is not afraid to criticize the religion, fascism, militarism, & revisionist history of Japan is indifferent to misogyny. I had expected that but still it's so sad and upsetting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    So weird. Too disturbing for many. Unfortunately misogynistic. But pretty incredible! Sort of like a Japanese version of Zap Comix.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alysa

    Cat soup!!!!! best story ever

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nuno

    I'm used to alternative comics and usually I'm pretty tolerant to experimental or absurd stories, which are some of my favorite genres. But this compilation is simply stupid, some stories are too juvenile, others are slices of life viewed in a weird way but lacking any sort of dept. Maybe the meaning got lost with the translation. I hope so, because except for a couple stories (Takashi Nemoto being one of them), the only redeeming thing about the book, are the drawings which are great. I'm used to alternative comics and usually I'm pretty tolerant to experimental or absurd stories, which are some of my favorite genres. But this compilation is simply stupid, some stories are too juvenile, others are slices of life viewed in a weird way but lacking any sort of dept. Maybe the meaning got lost with the translation. I hope so, because except for a couple stories (Takashi Nemoto being one of them), the only redeeming thing about the book, are the drawings which are great.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nick

  11. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Kepley

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bill Bryant

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Tavis Post

  14. 5 out of 5

    NutterNort

  15. 5 out of 5

    PBNightmare

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elliot Julian

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Hall

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andy Campbell

  19. 5 out of 5

    MNNB

  20. 5 out of 5

    Granit Hysiqi

  21. 4 out of 5

    John Ervin

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sam Saidely

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  24. 5 out of 5

    [辟邪]

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cory

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dane Martin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Reads

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Girard

  30. 4 out of 5

    Whiskey Gnoom

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