The Taniguchi MMF So Far: Saturday

by Ed Sizemore

Just because the weekend is coming doesn’t mean people are slacking off from the Taniguchi Manga Moveable Feast. If anything, it seems to have fired up people.

The Mountaineers Award goes to Ash Brown, who read 16 volumes of Taniguchi for this MMF. We’ve already highlighted his review of A Zoo in Winter. He does capsule reviews of the other 15 books here. A couple quick quotes:

I absolutely loved A Distant Neighborhood and plan on buying a copy of both volumes of the series to own.

The pacing in The Quest for the Missing Girl is fairly slow, but the finale more than makes up for that. Parts of the ending are unbelievable, but I don’t really care because, frankly, it’s awesome.

Ash, you have proven yourself a manly manga man, and we here at Taniguchi MMF Headquarters salute you!

Linda also decided just one review wasn’t enough and did this review of “Summer Sky”, Taniguchi’s contribution to Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators.

There is a questionable open-ended conclusion, but you can say this is a reflection of Taniguchi’s thoughts as to his hometown, a seaside rural area, that is greatly contrasted to the urban sky lights of Tokyo.

Lori Henderson digs deep into the out-of-print stacks for her delightful review of Samurai Legend.

Samurai Legend is a great title filled with action and intrigue. Its strong story and historical elements make it an entertaining read, even with Furuyama adding some of his own personal political views. I have to admit though, I do like this position, even if it may be somewhat romanticized.

I love how closely Angela Eastman identified with the protagonist in A Zoo in Winter. Those are some of the best moments as a reader and reviewer.

A Zoo in Winter is truly a story of beginnings, as we don’t see how this artist eventually turns out (though his bibliography, and this MMF, speak favorably for him). But it shows all the rough points creators find for themselves — ruts, confusion, jealousy, guilt — the important things that every writer or artist goes through prove that this is what they love, this is what they want. I know I’ve felt all these things and more — here’s hoping I can keep carrying through.

Angela, I hope you get to live your dreams as fully as Taniguchi has and is.

We couldn’t sit back and just let everyone else have all the fun. We here at Taniguchi MMF Headquarters offered up our own reviews too.

I expressed my love of Taniguchi’s food manga Kodoku no Gourmet (The Solitary Gourmet).

Johanna gave a wonderful review of Tokyo Is My Garden, pointing out its faults and charms.

Although slight in plot, it’s a very readable book, easy to follow and get lost in. I didn’t much like David, but I got a good understanding of his experience in Tokyo, enough so that I could sympathize with his plight.

There’s still time to get your own review or essay submitted before the Taniguchi MMF closes. So read Taniguchi, think Taniguchi, feel Taniguchi, write Taniguchi, and send me the link.

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