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Rokudenashi Blues: 3 volumes, $5.00 plus S&H
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Get a random THREE volumes of the popular boxing comic series "Rokudenashi Blues" for just $5.
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New to manga? Rokudenashi Blues is a good place to start - the Japanese is not so difficult, and all the Kanji in the speech bubbles come with furigana to assist reading. The stories are fast paced and easy to follow.
Rokudenashi Blues Is a boxing manga drawn and written by Masanori Morita, and serialized in Shonen Jump in Japan. While very popular in Japan, it has yet to be serialised in English.
The story stars Taison Maeda, delinquent student of Teiken High School, who wishes to become the World Boxing Champion.
As well as his passion of Boxing, Maeda is also a keen motorcyclist who gets involved in street fighting.
Albeit being a delinquent, being easily angered and stupid at times, he has a sense of honor and respect, and values his friends greatly.
His name is based on wrestler Akira Maeda and former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
Chiaki Nanase is an intelligent, beautiful and emotional girl who's the complete opposite of Taison and cares deeply about him.
Katsuji Yamashita is one of Maeda's best friends who gets extremely angry whenever someone mentions his wide forehead.
Yoneji Sawamura is another of Maeda's best friends. He ets extremely angry whenever his large nose is mentioned.
He had a crush on Chiaki early on in the manga but never really did anything because he knew Taison liked her.
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, $7.50
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
These editions are reprints of Takahashi Yoshihiro's famous dog manga series, known as "Silver Fang" in the west.
This series is not so readily available as his second dog manga series, Ginga Densetsu Weed (see below), so if you are a fan snap them up while they are available!!
All manga are in excellent condition, both books and covers.
Here is an excellent site dedicated to GNG and GDW
And here is the amazing gingasite.net by Yougurt!
Ginga Densetsu Weed, $5.50
Ginga Densetsu Weed
This is the second series of manga by Takahashi Yoshihiro that feature dogs as the heroes.
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin (Silver Fang in Sweden and Hundehvalpen Silver in Denmark; Hopeanuoli in Finland; Ezüt Nyíl in Hungary) is a 21-episode, 1986 anime series.
The Ginga Densetsu Weed stories are a follow on of the 1984 manga (Ginga Nagareboshi Gin) that was created by Yoshihiro Takahashi, who was inspired by a news article which told of hunting dogs that had been abandoned by their masters and had begun living as wild animals. The manga originally appeared in Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump.
The anime tells the story of an Akita Inu pup called Gin (Japanese for "silver") who leaves his owner, a young boy named Daisuke, to join a pack of wild dogs. The pack is gathering strong dogs from all over Japan to fight a deranged bear named Akakabuto and his minions.
The story begins from the point of view of the humans, but swings to the dogs with episode 7 of the anime. It is in that episode that the audience hears the dogs communicating with each other through speech, though to the humans it's still all barking. (source: Wikipedia
The manga series now runs to over 45 volumes and continue to be published every month. (The latest volumes may be ordered through my Amazon.co.jp purchasing service.)
Here is an excellent site dedicated to GNG and GDW
And here is the amazing gingasite.net by Yougurt!
Ginga Densetsu RIKI, $6.50
Ginga Densetsu Riki
Ginga Densetsu Riki is Takahashi Yoshihiro's prequel to Ginga Densetsu Gin. It tells the story of Riki, Gin's father.
As such, GDR is the prequel of GNG and DGW.
In the story you will discover how Riki became strong and courageous, and you'll learn about his father, Shiro, his death and Riki's desire for revenge.
Ginga Densetsu Riki first appeared in the monthly magazine, Weed World. Then, in March 2003, the chapters were published in a single volume by Nihonbungeisha.
In November 2007, Nihonbungeisha released a new edition of the volume.
The manga is in good-very good condition, both book and cover. So far, most of the manga available on the secondary market are from the 2003 publishing run.
Shiroi Senshi Yamato, $7.50
Shiroi Senshi Yamato
These editions are reprints of Takahashi Yoshihiro's fighting dog manga series, Shiroi Senshi Yamato, or "Yamato the White Fighter".
The story was first serialized in the magazine Monthly Shonen Jump from 1976 until 1989.
Unlike the Ginga series, Shiroi Senshi Yamato is set in the world of Japanese Tosa dog fighting.
Whether the brutality of the fights depicted in the manga is representative or not of sanctioned Tosa dog fights I do not know.
According to the sanctioned dog fighting rules, the fights are not to the death. They last up to 30 minutes.
The winner is not necessarily the stronger dog, but the one that shows the greatest spirit.
All manga are in very good condition, both books and covers.
Crayon Shin Chan, $5.50
Crayon Shin Chan
Crayon Shin-chan, written by Yoshito Usui, follows the hilariously "inappropriate" antics of five-year-old Shinnosuke Nohara and his parents.
Crayon Shin-chan is published by Futabasha in manga form after making its initial appearance in Weekly Manga Action and made its first TV appearance in April 1992 and was a huge hit all over Japan in the 1990's.
The Japanese dialogue is quite straightforward and every kanji character is supported by furigana for easier comprehension. The stories are fun and quickly draw you into the action. The conversation is mostly every-day stuff, but one of the features of the series is Shin-chan's (deliberate or inadvertent?) word-play, the cause of many an embarrassing or angry scene!! Good Japanese language study material for all levels!
The format of these manga is 21cm (8 & 2/5") x 15cm (6"), a bit larger than the standard manga size.
Howl's Moving Castle, $5.50
Howl's Moving Castle
This is the comic version of the 2004 animated film, "Hauru No Ugoki-Shiro", directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli.
The Japanese animation film is an adaptation of a young adult fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones. It broke box office records in Japan, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
The film-comic series faithfully reproduces the animation in full-colour. Fans of the movie will love these manga as they allow
you to relive every moment and linger over every detail.
The Japanese dialogue is relatively straightforward and every kanji character is supported by furigana for easier reading comprehension.
Printed in full colour on good quality papter. Complete with full colour glossy paper cover. These are very nice volumes in excellent condition.
A detail from the story of volume 1
This comic series is written by Kazuya Kudo and illustrated by the accomplished manga artist Ryoichi Ikegami (who should be better known than he is in the West).
Nobunaga dramatizes the fortunes of the famous Japanese feudal lord and samurai hero, Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582), a brilliant soldier and politician who set Japan on the road to unification towards the end of the Warring State period (1467-1568).
As daimyo of Nagoya Castle, he defeated rival clans in a series of brilliant military operations in which his forces were usually outnumbered. He took advantage of new technologies imported from the west and was the first general to make use of muskets.
Kyoto fell to his forces in 1568. He annihilated a coalition of opposing generals and militant Buddhist sects, which led to the sack of Tendai monastery in 1571 and the massacre its occupants. This conflict
caused him to favour Christian missionaries.
With all of all central Japan under his control he now turned his attention to the subjection of the whole country, but committed hara-kiri when trapped in a rebellion. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Nobunaga's ablest general, expelled the Christian missionaries and completed the job of unification.
The Japanese language proficiency required to read this manga is higher than usual, and the kanji characters are NOT supported by furigana. Ideally suited to intermediate and advanced students who are interested in Japanese history and in need of an entertaining and drama-filled reading challenge.
Volume one was published in 1987. The comics are printed on standard quality paper and come complete with a full colour glossy paper cover.
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Four Ways to Improve your Japanese with Manga
1. Above all, manga is excellent reading practice. The text is cut up into small easy to handle chunks of information supported by pictures for ease of comprehension.
2. As most of the language is in dialogue form you learn REAL JAPANESE AS IT IS SPOKEN, not dull textbook stuff.
3. You get unique insights into the way the culture works in everyday life.
4. You learn stuff that you'd miss elsewhere, stuff everybody knows about in Japan, but that you seldom find mentioned in textbooks. (When did you last read about "Obatarian" in a textbook?)
I read earlier editions of these classic manga translations just before I moved to Hiroshima. They were excellent introductions to the expressive power of manga.
They tell the story of the A-bombing of Hiroshima from the perspective of a young boy, Gen, and his family.
Nakazawa, a Hiroshima survivor, effectively portrays the strain of living in wartime Japan.
The art is sharply drawn and expressive, and the narrative has such a natural rhythm, it's easy to get pulled into the family's life,
making the cataclysm readers know awaits them all the more real, intimate and difficult to take.
Despite its harrowing nature, this work is invaluable for the lessons it offers in history, humanity and compassion.