Tag Archives: Modern Japanese Literature

The Irie Clinic Quietly Prepares to Continue Biological Research in Hinamizawa – The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Vol.1, Part 3

This time I’m finishing up Ryukishi Zeronana’s light novel version of When the Cicada’s Cry: The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Volume 1 (竜騎士07の”ひぐらしのなく頃に解:祭囃し編”), which makes a huge shift from Miyo Takano’s storyline and perspective to Rika Furude and Hinamizawa. There’s still … Continue reading

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A Killer’s Childhood Tragedy and Her Beloved Rescuer – The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Vol.1, Part 1

As promised, we’re going to revisit one of the story arcs from the “Answers” part of Ryukishi Zeronana’s light novel version of When the Cicada’s Cry: The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Volume 1 (竜騎士07の”ひぐらしのなく頃に解:祭囃し編”). This title is typically left in Japanese … Continue reading

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Prophecies of Murder Rock a Police Officer’s Memory – The Time Wasting Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Part 2

Ryukishi Zeronana’s The Time Wasting Chapter continues as Akasaka goes sightseeing in Hinamizawa with Rika tagging along. His elderly tour guide Makino escorts him around the village, and Akasaka enjoys the fresh air and green scenery, though he thinks his … Continue reading

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Mamoru Meets a Creepy Little Girl in a Doomed Village – The Time Wasting Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Part 1

I’m finishing off 2017 with a one volume story arc in the popular series “Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni” by Ryukishi Zeronana (竜騎士07 “暇潰し編 – ひぐらしのなく頃に”), which began as an indie video game/visual novel that later expanded into an anime … Continue reading

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Talking Roses and the Superhero’s Secretary – Ichigoman & Funny Kuromi-chan, Part 3

This post is the last in my series covering “Ichigoman” (イチゴマン) and “Funny Kuromi-chan” (おかしなクロミちゃん) at Sanrio’s website, though the comics look like they are still being published. I think they started publishing them last year, and they were publishing … Continue reading

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Dark Grape Man and the Mold Zombies – Ichigoman & Funny Kuromi-chan, Part 2

That post title sounds like a good name for a local garage band, doesn’t it?  Today I’m going to continue reading the new Sanrio webcomics “Ichigoman” (イチゴマン) and “Funny Kuromi-chan” (おかしなクロミちゃん).  The webpage the manga are published on is still … Continue reading

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A Kitty Mecha and A Cake-Loving Biker Bunny Go Wild – Ichigoman & Funny Kuromi-chan, Part 1

Sanrio published a new manga of its reboot of Hello Kitty called “Ichigoman,” or “Strawberry Man,” so I want to review some of that along with their new webcomic, “Funny Kuromi-chan.”  Here is the link: http://comip.jp/15/ They actually have more … Continue reading

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Reactions in the Man-Malo Chatroom and the Murderer Revealed – The Snow White Murder Case, Part 3

Let’s finish our series on Kanae Minato’s The Snow White Murder Case (湊かなえの「白ゆき姫殺人事件」) and end it with a bang.  Picking up where we left off with chapter 4 “Local Residents,” journalist Akahoshi continues to interview about six or more people … Continue reading

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The Hagoromo Cosmetic Stone and Company Birthday Cakes – The Snow White Murder Case, Part 2

This time we’re continuing with our series on The Snow White Murder Case (湊かなえの「白ゆき姫殺人事件」). Chapter two, titled “Colleagues 2,” has three sections, each with a different co-worker of Shirono’s speaking. Section one is told from the perspective of Emi Mitsushima, … Continue reading

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The Testimony of Risako Kano, A Co-worker – The Snow White Murder Case, Part 1

This time we will begin a novel by a really controversial, award-winning Japanese novelist Kanae Minato.  Though she is more famous for a different novel, translated as Confessions in English, the novel we’ll be looking at this time is The … Continue reading

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