Sexy Voice and Robo MMF: About the book

February 7, 2010

Welcome to the first round of the Manga Moveable Feast, a week when a bunch of manga bloggers have decided to focus our attention on a particular book. We’re lauching with Iou Kuroda’s Sexy Voice and Robo (Viz). I thought it might be useful to provide some basic introduction of the book and its creator, so here’s the publisher’s take:

About the book:

“Working part-time as a telephone-dating operator, Nico Hayashi has plenty of clients eager to engage her in titillating conversation. But what her customers don’t know is this: the person they’re flirting with is really a 14-year-old junior high school girl with a secret agenda.

“On the phone she’s known as Sexy Voice. But, really, she’s more than a professional flirt. Secretly, she wants to change the world and maybe become a spy and fortuneteller, too.

“Along for the ride is her friend Iichiro Sudo. He’s an underemployed twentysomething hipster with an obsession for collecting toy robots. Together they are Sexy Voice and Robo… two people doing their best to bring some hope into this crazy world.”

The series was originally published in Shogakukan’s IKKI anthology. It was published in Spanish by Ponent Mon, though I don’t think it’s in print. It was adapted into a live-action drama by Nippon TV.

About the author:

“Iou Kuroda, one of Japan’s premier young manga talents, combines expressive artwork with reflective, poetic storytelling. Earning the Grand Prize for manga from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Media Arts Festival in 2002, Sexy Voice and Robo exists as a testament to the creator’s dynamic artistry.”

Other series by Kuroda include the as-yet-unlicensed Nasu (three volumes, originally published in Kodansha’s Afternoon) and Japan Tengu Party Illustrated (four volumes, originally published in Kodansha’s Morning).

Related Links:

  • Japanese collections: first volume, second volume
  • Iou Kuroda’s web site
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    We have a winner!

    February 7, 2010

    Congratulations to Ahavah for winning a copy of Fumi Yoshinaga’s All My Darling Daughters (Viz)! I asked entrants to name their favorite comic mom (by which I mean mothers or mother figures from comic books, graphic novels or comic strips as opposed to moms that are laugh riots, though they could also be that). Here’s Ahavah’s choice:

    “My favorite manga mom is Kyoko Honda from Fruits Basket, but not just because of the sweet-as-sacharine way she brought up Tohru before her untimely death…

    “Kyoko Honda embodies a great message for girls: Tough chicks can be devoted mothers and never lose their strength. If you’re lucky enough to find one as your mentor, hold on to them, because they know the worst of life’s crapile and can help you figure out how to turn it all to your advantage.”

    Other noteworthy moms mentioned by entrants include:

  • Mitchell Hundred’s mother in Ex Machina
  • Daisuke’s mom, Emiko, from D.N.Angel
  • Sachiko Azuma from With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child
  • Ms. Ichinose from Maison Ikkoku
  • The mom from Rose Is Rose
  • Memaw from Swallow Me Whole
  • Grandma Ben from Bone
  • Fee Carmichael from Planetes
  • Yukino’s mother in Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances
  • Kate Spencer from Manhunter
  • Ryoji “Ranka” Fujioka from Ouran High School Host Club
  • Luba from the Palomar stories in Love and Rockets
  • Thanks to everyone who entered!