Tag Archives: Modern Japanese Literature

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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A Stadium Monophony and a Golden Fish – La Corda D’Oro , Part 3

  This time I will finish our series on  La Corda D’oro: I Can Do It For Your Sake by Megumi Fujino (藤野恵美の” 金色のコルダ:君のためにできること”).  Let me start off by posting a few of the really cute, manga-style drawings from the … Continue reading

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The First Score: A Lullaby for You – La Corda D’Oro , Part 1

    When I started this blog in 2013, I had the thought that I’d try to avoid books based on TV shows and video games, but after reading My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox last year, I’ve decided to … Continue reading

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Bound With Chains – Rhetorical Chronicle, Part 3

This time we finish up Hinata Mori’s Rhetorical Chronicle: A Lying Negotiator and His Fox Mistress (森日向の《レトリカクロニクル:嘘っき話術士と狐の師匠》). In chapter 3, we catch up to Ralph sitting by the fire in a shop where he is doing something with decorative ornaments … Continue reading

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Border Wars with the Bear Clan – Rhetorical Chronicle, Part 2

The story starts to get more dramatic as we continue our look at Hinata Mori’s Rhetorical Chronicle: A Lying Negotiator and His Fox Mistress (森日向の《レトリカクロニクル:嘘っき話術士と狐の師匠》). Rea explains to Shin what is really going on with the wolf clan as they … Continue reading

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Mai’s Dream of the Secret Room – The Bloody Labyrinth, Part 4

This time we finish our look at Fuyumi Ono’s horror novel, The Bloody Labyrinth (小野不由美の“鲜血の迷宮”). Chapter 6 begins with another report from Madoka Mori to Shibuya’s research team. They conclude that Mr. Atsugi didn’t leave the house when he disappeared. … Continue reading

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