Quote of the day

January 6, 2009

There are many reasons to enjoy Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Parasyte (Del Rey). Among them are the translations of fan letters to Iwaaki and his responses. Here’s one of my favorite pearls of wisdom from Iwaaki:

“I think there are two ways for a long-running manga series to end — the story can die, or the story can conclude.”

Wrong, but how wrong?

January 6, 2009

I enjoy all of the stories in Vertical’s collections of Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack, but I feel kind of off in that my favorite stories feature Black Jack’s creepy little ward, ambulatory tumor Pinoko. In part, it’s because she’s just so wrong on every level. It’s also that the relationship between anti-social vigilante Black Jack and utterly tragic sidekick Pinoko always strikes me as a stripped-to-its-disturbed-core version of Batman and Robin.

So for today’s survey, how wrong is that?