mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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Sumomomomomomomonouchi. (100)

Red Snow by Susumu Katsumata.

The bamboo rattled
when the guns came to Japan.
Blood fed the snow queen.

This is a collection of comics about rural Japan on the edge of industrialization. The end of a world-- but it isn't overly nostalgic. Maybe the opposite. Domestic violence & rape are the plot of a majority of the stories. Still, there are definite moments of beauty & magic. "Echo," "Wild Geese Memorial Service," & the eponymous "Red Snow" in particular I enjoyed. Honestly though it just made me wish I was reading Yusagi Yojimbo comics.
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