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+ posted by Kaiten in Shout-Outs on Feb 29, 2012 20:18

Anno Moyoko
Genre:La Nouvelle, Historical
Serialized In: Evening
Publisher: Kodansha
Status: Complete, 1 Volume

A poor peasant girl was sold to a brothel in Edo. Her new life started from the day when she had her first full bowl of rice. After many struggles, she became a cultivated oiran. While her beauty never failed, her hope for freedom faded with the passing seasons. Yoshiwara of Edo was a man's heaven, but a woman's hell: all was sakuran.

All Images Copyright © 2001 Anno Moyoko

By: Nananan Kiriko
Genre: La Nouvelle, Shoujo Ai
Serialized In: Comic Are!
Publisher: Magazine House (1996), Shodensha (2007, Reprint)
Status: Complete, 1 Volume

Kayako Kirishima is almost ready to go off to college but is lonely and unsure of her future. Masami Endo is a girl who has been ostracized and made a social outcast for having an abortion. The two girls meet each other in class one day and become good friends. Gradually Kirishima falls in love with Endo and the relationship becomes more personal.

By the Mangaka of Pumpkin and Mayonaisse

All Images Copyright © 1996 Nananan Kiriko

Brothers of Japan
By: Matsumoto Taiyou
Genre: La Nouvelle
Serialized In: Comic Are!
Publisher: Magazine House
Status: Complete, 1 Volume

A collection of short stories by Matsumoto Taiyou, mangaka of Tekkon Kinkreet and Ping Pong.

All Images Copyright © 1995 Matsumoto Taiyou

Coo's World
By: Oda Hideji
Genre: La Nouvelle, Fantasy
Serialized In: Afternoon
Publisher: Kodansha
Status: Complete, 2 Volumes

Seventh grader Hayashi Renei is troubled by a strange dream: Her dead brother-- killed in an automobile accident--comes back to life as Coo. The dream comes again the following night and then every night thereafter. Coo's world is a cruel one--crueler than the real world, even--with its own share of pain, suffering, and sadness. Renei is searching for her house with her brother and others whom she meets in Coo's world so that she can return to reality and the land of the living...

By the Mangaka of Miyori no Mori

All Images Copyright © 2000

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#1. by Bomber D Rufi ()
Posted on Mar 1, 2012
lol at spam advertising.

Sakuran looks interesting since all I know about Yoshiwara comes from Gintama. It would be cool to have a look at the 'darker' side of the oiran life. Sure there will be less super powerful geezers too, but I'm willing to concede a few things.
#2. by Googlez_kun (MH's Best Artist)
Posted on Mar 1, 2012
Sakuran looks very promising.
As I enjoyed Pumpkin and Mayonaisse a lot,I will definitly check out Blue,which I've intended to read for quite some time.Thanks for reminding me!
Brothers of Japan is by one of my favourite manga-ka,which is why I need to read it.
The first chapters of Coo's world were enjoyable,but I stopped reading it for some reason.Should resume it after reading the other manga.

All in all,that was a great feature this week!
#3. by Kaiten (Harasho)
Posted on Mar 1, 2012
@BDR: Sakuran is very good, Anno Moyoko is one of my favorite mangaka. I am not sure Sakuran is about the dark side of life in the red light district per se. An unflinching look at the life but not necessarily about the dark side. Deep down it is about how even the most free spirited, independent, modern woman is penned in by inescapable boundaries. Moyoko-sensei's manga generally focus on women's issues: she writes manga about eating disorders, sex addiction, and the life of office ladies. Sakuran was made into a very good movie too, though it is no longer available in the US. Vertical will be releasing the manga in English this July, if anyone enjoys Sakuran support the mangaka!

@Googz: Glad you like this weeks recs! Blue is very good, not quite as good as Pumpkin and Mayonnaise but still phenomenal. Nananan Kiriko is another favorite of mine. Itaitashii Love, a collection of her alternative manga one shots, is currently being scanlated too. I am debating whether to read it now or wait until it is completely translated.

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