Adapted from the third novel in the 'D' series, 'Bloodlust' tops its source material, the earlier animated 'D' film, and a good deal of the competition that's come along since
Are we doing others a disservice when we recommend to them a series they might not be able to afford or complete?
There's little question 'D' helped open anime to the West, but its status as an artifact of its moment in time has only become more stark over the years
I have come to accept, although I will never savor, the fact that any attempts for me to appreciate the work of Satoshi Kon will forever be accompanied by a sense of loss. In the end, every career is unfinished, but Kon died (five years ago to the day, no less) right when he seemed to be at the top of his envelope-pushing game — just when he had come to serve as one of the prime embodiments of what the mediums he worked in could be at both their most ambitious and entertaining. Now we have a volume of his art from Dark Horse, an English-language reprint of a Japanese collection, that brings home that point all the more. Any fan of Kon deserves to pick it up, both to enjoy his art and to gain, however provisionally, that much more of a sense of the man himself.
Three large bookcases line the wall behind me in the room where I am typing this. On the bottom shelf of one is a black binder that contains my entire anime collection; it fits into a space about the size of a throw pillow for a couch. Most of an entire second bookcase, though, is my manga collection, and it's been something of an act of myopia that I have spent so much time here digging into the treasures of the former and not so much into the latter. Here, then, is my latest excuse to do just that: I got tagged by Tony Yao of Manga Therapy to talk about what's in my collection.
I often wonder how many of those who mouth platitudes about "rebellion" and idolize the nonconformists of the past ever thought about how dealing with those people as people, in the moment of their rebellion, must have been a terrible pain in the ass. We love having the distance of history to insulate us from truly dangerous things about antiestablishment heroes, while at the same time comfortably reaping all of the benefits their rebellion engendered.
Perhaps all this is unavoidable. The whole point of being a rebel is to reject the world you have — including the people in it — for the sake of the world that could be. Whether or not your successors build a statue to you shouldn't be the point. Tetsuya Tsutsui's manga Prophecy is about a group of people engaged in a very modern rebellion against the system, who have long since settled for the idea that they will never get anything from the system by asking nicely, and believe the only way forward is to trick the system into giving the dead their due.