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W with Susumu HirasawaOriginal Publications I wanted to like this I really did I love Satoshi Kon and some of is manga work such as Tropic of the Sea are legitimately wonderful But Dream Fossil is some of is earliest work from the 80s before e really matured as a storyteller The art is satisfactory and serviceable with some legitimately great moments but the storytelling is rushed and page layouts are cramped It s as though Open for Business (Rough play with anonymous men in a porn shop viewing room) (Rough play with anonymous men in a porn shop viewing room) (The Sex Shop Book 1) he s trying to cram as much asumanly possible into these short stories instead of dialing them back somewhat and letting them breatheIt doesn t elp that the translation and lettering are legitimately awful One of the points of translating work from other languages is the localization bringing it into a meter and idiom that feels right for it s target audience The translation ere feels like a word for exact word process that leaves everything feeling awkward and stilted The lettering doesn t Les Lgendaires - Les Chroniques de Darkhell 01. Tnbris help with this it fills the word balloons awkwardly it s badly laid out and while it may not be Comic Sans it s definitely in the same font family Look atow Dark Horse or Viz andle the lettering for their translated manga it works far FAR better Unless you re an absolute Satoshi Kon completest I wouldn t recommend this Love Satoshi Kon s movies which made this a particicularly unsatisfying read Only 3 of the 15 stories eld my attention Glad to see The scent how much a storyteller can evolve over time though and appreciated insight intois evolving artistry and comedic timing His manga work relies a lot on tropes common to the medium and I was surprised by ow unoriginal the majority of these stories were A title as cool as Dream Fossil deserved better stories Skip this you ll be disappointed I wanted to love this collection so badly but I was sorely disappointed by it love this collection so badly but I was sorely disappointed by it m a casual fan of Kon s I absolutely loved Perfect Blue as well as Opus but I still aven t seen all of 정숙한 남자 [A Man of Virtue] his films and much like this oneis manga Tropic of the Sea left much to be desired Looking at the cover of this collection and the name underneath the title I couldn t The Gordian Knot Vol. 4 help but get excitedowever I did not enjoy this mangaI found myself Aeon Legion having a lot of the same issues as Iad with Tropic of the Sea as I read it the paneling and poor character design made it incredibly difficult to follow and I was often left confused and frustrated as I read Also the speech bubbles are rather vague so it can be ard To Tell Which Character tell which character be speaking when Overall it made for a rather unpleasant reading experience Not to mention the stories Oh boy the stories They weren t all bad for the most part in fact I enjoyed a andful of them Kidnappers Guests Joyful Bell and Toriko were my favorites but they didn t blend well together at all and some Down Lambeth Way had plots so startlingly mundane that Iad to go back and reread them to make sure I Lebanese War hadn t missed something important Almost all of these stories read like plotless flash fiction which after coming from the brilliance of Opus and Perfect Blue is incredibly upsettingI doped for I can only agree with what others The Sacred Band have said reasonably competent short oftenumourous seuential art stories Pleasent enough for what they are but there s little The Shadowhunters Codex here toint at the sheer brilliance of this young mangaka that would characterise Dry Hard his Anim The last panel of the one with the runaway granny did get a good laugh out of me though. Later animated works are also readily apparent Yet the flights of fancy are anchored by knowing empathetic portrayals of the veryuman nature of each stor. Dream FossilSatoshi Kon 1963 2010 was an acclaimed anime director making a andful of movies including Paprika and one television series Paranoia Agent anime director making a Das Haus der Angst handful of movies including Paprika and one television series Paranoia Agent themes of confusion of dreams and reality and madness lying just below the surface of society madeis works fascinating He also spent some time as a manga creator creating several stories in the 1980s before going into anime full time as an assistant to Katsuhiro Otomo Akira This Volume Collects His Short collects Values and Professional Knowledge in Teacher Education his short lead story is Carve After a war polluted the old places ofabitation most of umanity Moved To The City to The City aven of Ray Ryan high technology However when a minority ofumans started developing psychic powers they were kicked out of The City and scrape by in the now less toxic old cities Sculptor Kei and Daddys Sweet Girl: A Dark Stepfamily Love Story his female friendmodel Ann notice that Specials are starting to disappear from their neighborhood Are The City people up to somethingThe fifteen stories cover a range of genres There s a couple of baseball stories some slice of life a samurai thriller and some speculative fiction The characters tend towards the realistic even if the circumstances are often bizarreOne standout is Kidnappers about a car thief who discovers thate The Last True Explorer has a small child in the back seat He wants to get the kid back to the parents but doesn t want to go to jail for swiping the vehicle and the actual kidnapper is afterim too The main character is well drawn as a bad person but one that doesn t want to be that badThere s also Waira the samurai thriller I mentioned A feudal warlord as been betrayed by is vassalbrother in law Location, Location, Damnation (The Brackenford Cycle his troops massacred and nowe and a Thrones, Dominations handful of surviving followers are fleeing through a mountain forest in the middle of the night The brother in law andis troops pursue but their guides warn them that the mountain is I Hela Cnau haunted by a murderous creature named Waira Who will survive The nature of Waira comes as a bit of a surprise it s so out of place that it might as well be supernaturalI can really spot the Otomo influence in several of these stories The art and writing are decent but Kon doesn t sparkleere the way e does in is animation work A couple of the stories are photocopied from magazine appearances as the original art is lost this affects the print ualityThe last story in the volume is Kon s debut work a two parter titled Toriko prisoner It s very YA dystopia Yuichi a teenager lives in a future society ruled by implacable robot police and in which you must Jace's Pet have your identity card ready at all times for any transactions or even just walking down the street at the wrong time Whene and The Mistake (Off-Campus, his friends break curfew they are remanded to The Center for rehab to become productive citizens Good thing Yuichi managed to snag a weapon Downer ending depending on your point of viewIn addition to a few color pages there s also an interview with Susumu Hirawara a composer who worked with Satoshi Kon on musical scores for the anime projects One last film Dreaming Machine is being slowly finishedThe intended audience varies a couple would be suitable for young readers but overall this anthology seems to be seinin young men s Several of the storiesave lethal violence there s some nudity underaged drinking and smoking and one story as an attempted rapeFans of Satoshi Kon s other work will want to own this anthology others will be better served by checking it out via library loan While the. Dream Fossil is a collection of 15 short stories by the late Satoshi Kon These stories serialized in a variety of magazines in the 1980's give a rare glimps. ,


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visual artist and a it s clear that seuential art wasn t suited for im Kon s style of storytelling definitely as a film aesthetic in mind in Terms Of Pacing And Staging of pacing and staging while is art is phenomenal it really doesn t blend well with comics final rating of the collection 35 rated a 4 with The Complete Guide To Surfing Your Best hopes that raising the score will convince people to read the late Kon s work even if it isn tis bestI don t think it s worth wasting my breath on the stories I wasn t fond of like most of Kon s work Dream Fossil mixes slice of life magical realism sci fi From Tree Dwellings To New Towns humor and an attempt at sincerity through interesting stories there aren t any in this collection that are real stand outs againstis films but as a means to an introduction into Kon s style they re filled with whimsy and interesting takes on relatively mundane narratives as a reader and a viewer of is works you can see the transference and microgenres that Kon implements into is films being born between the 500 pages of Dream Fossil His work on Akira definitely shows in a few of the stories especially Picnic which seems to be in direct relation to Akira and the last two Toriko Prisoner which feel like an abstract of where the universe built in Akira could bring us some of the real stand outs in this collection are Joyful Bell which feels like a predecessor to A Streetcar Named Desire. By Nicola Onyett (Philip Allan Literature Guide his work Tokyo Godfathers Dayas Dawned a short and fun work on childhood anxiety and combating that with friends and Guests which masterfully uses pages to create tension and umor for the reader while they aren t masterful or even incredibly memorable they really show off some of Kon s skills as both an editor and is transferable skills that reads much better on filmmy only real disappointment is that Kon s artwork never evolved past the mid 80 s Akira art style The Women Of Apollo he manages to syphon out a few environmental details and pieces of background sets that are really a pleasure to look at but it s obvious that Kon utilized manga as a means for thematic and narrative story telling Dream Fossil is worth a read considering it s a relatively short read if you re interested in manga anime or comics or are even considering understandingow one of the best directors of the 21st century managed to edit and write The Escape (Hendersons Boys, his work outside of film Dream Fossil is a doorway into another world this was really neat to read after growing up with Kon s films Paprika Perfect Blue Tokyo Godfathers and my favorite Millennium Actress some of these short stories really couldave been something a film even I think the best thing about Dream Fossil is that each of these stories is distinctly Japanesewhich I know probably sounds odd considering a Japanese person drewwrote Dream Fossil Lolo however it s the mannerisms of Kon s characters the settings and topics that make life in Japan nearly palpable other manga rely on slap stick comedy glossy art or action packed fight scenes to tell a story but Kon is able to captivate with authentic simplicity such a shamee passed away in 2010 also I just now discovered that Kon was an artist on Akira it all makes sense now Carve Horseplay Baseball Brats Summer of Anxiety Focus Day Range has Dawned Kidnappers Guests Waira Picnic Beyond the Sun Joyful Bell The Desert Dolphin The Adventures of Master Basho Toriko Prisoner Part 1 Toriko Prisoner Part 2 Satoshi Kon A Loving Unkindness Intervie. E into the early stages of Kon's uniuely compelling style of storytelling The buds of dream like themes and imaginative worldviews that would blossom inis.