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Manga Monday: No Longer Human
No Longer Human (Volume 1) Usamaru Furuya Based on the novel by Osamu Dazai
Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human is the second bestselling novel in all of Japan, and Usamaru Furuya adapted that beloved story into a manga for Dazai's 100th birthday. And is very successful. This book sees a manga artist looking for inspiration for a new story, and stumbling across the on-line journals of Yozo Oba. Oba is a student loved by his fellow classmates, smart but modest, and entertaining and funny, as well as handsome and rich. But his life is a charade. He's very calculating in how he acts around people and puts on a show so that people will like him. He doesn't connect with other people, doesn't understand them, and so his life has become a farce. Oba soon meets Masao Horiki, a bad boy who's used to indulging his whims: drinking, smoking and going to prostitutes for sex. And it seems that Oba isn't new to this world. When he sleeps with prostitutes is the only time that he feels like he can really be himself. He gives them money and indulges himself completely, without the pretense and showmanship that the rest of his life has become. Throughout the first volume of this series, we see Oba travel a slippery slope, disconnected from those around him, while satisfying his desires, watching the people around him, and going as low as he can go. I really liked following Oba through this journey. No Longer Human is a thoughtful, sexy read, and it's illustrated absolutely beautifully. I can't imagine that Dazai wouldn't be extremely proud of Furuya's adaptation of his work.
50 - Angel & Faith: Seasons Eight & Nine Christos Gage & Rebekah Isaacs Overshadowing the main book in Dark Horse's continuing story of the Buffy, the Vampire Slayer universe, following the conclusion of the television series, is this really thoughtful, character-focused title from Rebekah Isaacs and Christos Gage. This book has a lot of heart and while Angel and Faith both confront their troubled pasts, this book isn't bogged down by it like its counterpart. They cross paths with familiar faces, but also introduce us to fresh new characters, like Giles' family, complete with interesting dynamics and focused storylines. Gage and Isaacs strike the perfect balance of keeping true to the source material and making it their own. Gage captures the voice of the characters so clearly I can hear the actors recite the dialogue he provides for them in my head as I'm reading, while bringing them to new, interesting places in terms of plot and ch
My predictions for this year's Academy Award nominations... Best Picture 1917 The Farewell The Irishman Joker Knives Out Little Women Marriage Story Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Parasite* Best Actress Awkwafina - The Farewell Charlize Theron - Bombshell Cynthia Erivo - Harriet Renee Zellweger - Judy* Scarlett Johannson - Marriage Story Best Actor Adam Driver - Marriage Story* Antonio Banderas - Pain and Glory Eddie Murphy - Dolemite is My Name Joaquin Phoenix - Joker Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Best Supporting Actress Florence Pugh - Little Women Jennifer Lopez - Hustlers Laura Dern - Marriage Story Margot Robbie - Bombshell* Zhao Shuzhen - The Farewell Best Supporting Actor Al Pacino - The Irishman Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood* Joe Pesci - The Irishman Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Song Kang Ho - Parasite Best Director Bong Joon-ho - Parasite
Checking in a year later on my Marvel Legends wish list! From my previous list, Hasbro has made: Emma Frost, Nightcrawler, Jubilee, Beast, Snowbird, Aurora, Northstar, Julia Carpenter (Spider-Woman), Dani Moonstar, Wolfsbane, Lilandra (close enough), Dazzler (90's costume), Wendigo, and a Sentinel. I still want to see: Essentials Siryn Brood Crystal Lady Deathstrike Nimrod Necessary Selene (Hellfire Club's Black Queen) Agent Abigail Brand Daimon Hellstrom (Son of Satan) Husk Dr. Cecelia Reyes Monet (M) Sersi Mantis (comic version) Hepzibah Deathbird Moondragon Spiral Emma Frost (White Queen version) Pixie Tigra Quake The Hood Chamber Sunspot Ghost (Comic version) Quasar Firestar Starhawk Longshots Meggan Amanda Sefton (Daytripper) Phoenix (Ra