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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 1-59307-645-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Tanpenshu

Tanpenshu Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     October 31, 2007
Release Date: May 30, 2007

Tanpenshu Vol.#02
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Endo Hiroki
Translated by:Kumar Sivasubramanian
Adapted by:Kumar Sivasubramanian

What They Say
In this volume, Hiroki Endo explores the many problems and social difficulties that people face while growing up and while seeking to find their roles in a violent, precarious world.

In "Hang," a short and steamy science fiction romp, two lovers try to look beyond a twisted, dysfunctional family life to strengthen the ties that bind them together. In other stories, a struggling art student tries to survive an early midlife crisis and his feelings towards high school girls and androids, a young painter with yakuza connections and sick fantasies struggles to balance his personal passions with his family's honor, and the two teenagers in "Boys Don't Cry" vignette lament their shortcomings.

The Review
Dark Horse treats readers to yet another look into the sick yet brilliant mind of Endo Hiroki with the latest edition of his short story collection curiously called... Short Story Collection or Tanpenshu. Volume two features all the same ingredients that make EDEN work so well - the violence, the sexuality, the humanity and Endo's strange sense of humor which verges on the perverse at times. Volume two also provides moments of science-fiction that border on the experimental. This is starting to really bridge that gap from rebellious comedic artist to sci-fi genius.

Two stories really stand out from the bunch - High School Girl 2000 and Hang.

HGS 2000 can only be described as a mockumentary autobiography of Endoh-sensei and his woes with women. Going as far back as high school Endo was never very lucky with the women. He recalls his awkward relationships, past and present. Sadly he never bagged a sailor suited beauty and now that he's an "adult" that fact is eating him alive!

In Hang we see Endo's version of the flat Earth theory. In his world mankind is struggling to keep their world in balance. Young people work hard to hang on for survival and everyone equally must do their part. But there are those who have to break away and explore. Its not that they don't care. But there have to be risk takers, trailblazers and fools that lead the way for a better future. They can't just go off on their own though. They have to insure that there will be others as well. And that's what Shokichi and Megumi really have to work on.

In Endo's works there are always moments where he struggles with humanities follies. He never ignores those facts, actually he challenges them. Whether its global overpopulation or sexual frustration, he looks at these issues with honesty and humor. I don't think there is a mangaka translated that does that as earnestly as Endo. Which is why I honestly feel this is not only his best work, but possibly one of the best titles ever to see print in the States.


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