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May 05, 2005

Manga Smoothie

RKenshin14.gif Manga title Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 14 is out this week from Viz. So what, you say? Well, this new one is the first volume where I designed both the cover and insides. So, yeah, I think that's pretty neat.

I've been making my way through reading the Kenshin series (I'm at volume 6 now) and they're really fun, beautifully drawn and action packed. They revolve around the character of Kenshin, he of the bright orange hair and mysterious cross-shaped scar on his cheek. Kenshin is a rurouni (wanderer), an enigmatic ex-assasin of amazing gifts who mends his conscience by using a special sakabatô (reverse-edged sword). That way he only injures his enemies, to teach them a lesson, I guess. In his adventures he is joined by Kamiya Kaoru (cute girl/potential love interest), Myojin Yahiko (scrappy kid), and Sagara Sanosuke (teen fighter). Along the way many more characters and plotlines come along — and although it can get confusing (I'm glad each book contains a glossary of ancient Japanese words), the pace never lets up. I like the humorous moments, too. These books can be purchased directly from Viz or at Amazon. I've also seen them stocked at Border's.

Just an observation — it's always fascinating to see how these manga artists portray emotions differently from their Western counterparts. Like, whenever a character is worried, instead of several sweat drops popping out of the head, they draw one giant sweat drop on the forehead. Weird. And of course there's always the upside-down "U" shapes for eyes whenever someone is happy.
Posted by mhinrichs at May 5, 2005 02:44 PM


Borders you say? I was planning to go this weekend -- thanks for the tip. And congrats!

Posted by: joyolivia at May 6, 2005 05:47 AM

Yes, and thank you!

Posted by: Matt at May 6, 2005 02:01 PM

On the local front, Bill Griffith ("Griffy"), legendary creator of Legendary Pinhead Zippy is making an appearance at my neighborhood comix shop in Worcester.
Anybody in Mass. who wants in, get yer butts over to "That's Entertainment" on Park Street between 2 and 4 today...
(I know, I know; the name is lame, but this place has the biggest selection of everything I've ever seen, and that includes some trendy places in NYC...)

Posted by: Worcester Brad at May 7, 2005 07:59 AM
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