Mushishi MMF: Today’s Updates (May 1)

We’re gearing up for a strong finish tomorrow to the Mushishi Manga Moveable Feast, with lots of great new links today.

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Mushishi Book 3
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Rob McMonigal continues his book-by-book trip through the series with his review of Volume 3, pointing out that this is the installment where we find out Ginko’s origin, before speculating on how cultural differences affect the tales:

Because of the pacing and setting of these stories, there is a strong feeling of folklore attached to each one. I wish I knew more about Japanese culture to help me understand them better, and that’s something I need to work on for the future. … We have a new wrinkle in one of the stories, as we get a morality play based on the notion of sacrifice for the greater good. Ginko and the story’s protagonist wrestle with the idea for the bulk of the chapter, but the resolution may not be what you think.

Matt Blind announces his intention to do the same thing as Rob, looking at each volume in coming weeks. He also points to his older review of book one.

Lori Henderson of Manga Village provides a summation of that site’s coverage of Mushishi: Justin Colussy-Estes on Volume 3, Dan Polley on Volume 4, and John Thomas on Volume 6.

All About Manga’s Daniella Orihuela-Gruber tackles some issues in the first four books from an editor’s perspective:

From volume 1, I was extremely annoyed by the choice of font for the narratives. I was really hoping it would go away after the first volume, but no such luck. It also had some spiky strokes (usually white lines around the font to make it show up against darker panels, etc.) that just looked so unnatural to me. …

Another problem I had with the book was that Del Rey seemed completely unaware that some of the dialogue was in the bleed zone. (The bleed zone is some buffer space given so nothing important, like dialogue, will be cut off in printing.) This happened consistently through four volumes, and it just REALLY pisses me off to have to practically crack the book’s spine just to get at some text in the middle or to see half of a line of text disappear at the bottom of a page.

The Reverse Thieves tackle the series in a back-and-forth discussion format, while David Welsh is back with an exploration of other work by Mushishi’s creator, Yuki Urushibara.

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