Since Jiro Taniguchi’s death last week, writers across the globe have paid tribute to his artistry and storytelling skills. Some authors have been reverential, demonstrating a real engagement with Tanguchi’s legacy; others have seemed more intent on rehearsing old stereotypes about manga than in recognizing Taniguchi’s real contributions to the medium. Nonetheless, the sheer range of publications covering the story is astonishing, from Variety to Yahoo! News.
Not surprisingly, comics journalists have posted some of the most astute assessments of Taniguchi’s work. Readers looking for more information about Taniguchi’s career will find Zach Davisson‘s biography of Taniguchi enlightening, while readers looking for recommendations may find Brigid Alverson‘s “best of” list a helpful place to start. Heidi MacDonald‘s paean to Kodoku no Gourmet (The Lonely Gourmet) and Joe McCulloch‘s page-by-page analysis of Hotel Harbour View are also worth a look.
In other news…
Kodansha Comics’ General Manager Alvin Lu explains why the company finally licensed fan-favorite Chihayafuru. [The OASG]
Brigid Alverson writes a warm, funny essay explaining why Fruits Basket was her daughters’ “gateway drug” to manga. As she observes, “Fruits Basket is a teenage girl’s dream: The world is full of hot guys who think about you all the time. They argue about you, they defend you to each other, they elbow aside bullies, and when you’re not around, they talk constantly about how awesome you are.” [B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog]
Curious about sports manga? For a limited time, VIZ is offering a free preview of four titles: Cross Manage, Kuroko’s Basketball, The Prince of Tennis, and Haikyu!! [ComiXology]
In case you missed it: L.M. Zoller writes a thoughtful appreciation of Shuna no tabi, a watercolor manga by Hayao Miyazaki. Hey, VIZ, why isn’t this available in English?? [Contemporary Japanese Literature]
Mikhail Koulikov compiles his annual list of scholarly publications about anime and manga. [Anime and Manga Studies]
VIZ’s SuBLime imprint just announced three new acquisitions: Tsuta Suzuki’s A Strange and Mystifying Story, Scarlet Beriko’s Jackass!, and Akabe Abe’s Am I in Love or Am I Just Hungry?, a contender for Best Manga Title of 2017. [Anime News Network]
In his latest Screen & Page column, Tom Speelman critiques the manga adaptation of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. [Comics Alliance]
Jason Thompson takes a gander at Yuji Iwahara’s latest effort, Dimension W. [Otaku USA]
Scarlett Johansson still doesn’t get it. [Playboy]
If you thought The Rose of Versailles would be even more awesome with zombies, Jocelyn Allen has the manga for you: Kumiko Suekane’s Versailles of the Dead. The cover is swoon-worthy; the concept is killer. [Brain vs. Book]