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Matsumoto Taiyo Week! Day 4

Posted in Uncategorized by Dice on July 9, 2010

Matsumoto Taiyo 松本大洋 is a Tokyo born manga-ka whose most famous mangas are Tekkon Kincreet (鉄コン筋クリート), Ping Pong, Number 5 and Gogo Monster (GOGOモンスター). We love him so much here at Beef Knuckles that we’re dedicating a whole week to him! Check out his shaky lines, super detailed cityscapes and awesome character design.

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Aoi Haru (青い春 / Blue Spring) is a collection of short stories centered around a group of high school boys and the fights, jokes and games they get up to. I’ve been re-reading alot of Matsumoto in the lead up to this week and it’s actually the first time I’ve gone through all my Matsumoto comics back-to-back. I always thought of Matsumoto’s works as a celebration of youth but with these re-readings I don’t think that’s the case. After re-reading Aoi Haru and Ping Pong I feel like being young sucked. Really sucked. In one of the stories from Aoi Haru a kid gets shot in the face.

Anyway, maybe my reading into it is a reflection of my own headspace rather than an accurate description of Matsumoto’s works. You should check it out and decide for yourself. An English version of Aoi Haru was released by Viz as Blue Spring.

Check out more Matsumoto Taiyo Week posts here: day 1, day 2, day 3

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