The Taniguchi MMF So Far: Tuesday

by Ed Sizemore

It seems everyone was busy thinking about Taniguchi yesterday for this week’s Manga Moveable Feast. Today, we’re seeing the first fruits of those efforts.

Kate Dacey has set a very high standard for the Taniguchi MMF with her review of Benkei in New York. It’s a book I just picked up myself, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. If this quote doesn’t make you go and buy the book, then maybe you just hate good fiction.

If Benkei’s motives and methods are sometimes inscrutable — or downright illogical — the stories still work beautifully, with crack pacing and memorable denouements that can be as deeply unsettling as they are emotionally satisfying — or, in Warren Ellis’ words, Benkei in New York is “diabolically well-told.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Linda was our early bird today with her review of Kodoku no Gourmet. I agree with Linda, Taniguchi’s art is best read in book format. You can really savor the details better than on a computer screen. I like this observation from her own time in Japan.

This book is a good follow-up for those who have tasted Japanese foods and continue to want to explore more of the foods. One of my favorite chapters of this book centered on the conbini [convenient store] foods, since Japanese combini are a hundred times better than the American counterparts.

Finally, Khursten from Otaku Champloo pointed out this article on the Japanese website Natalie about Taniguchi. I don’t read Japanese, so I can’t tell you what the article says, sorry. I do know the pictures on the article’s first page are of Taniguchi receiving the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. There are more pictures on the other two pages. I know I shouldn’t be shocked, but I do find it surprising such a frail looking man draws such beefy protagonists. I love that his office is packed with books.

My Taniguchi sense tells other people are busy writing pieces for the MMF. So stay tuned for more great reviews.

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