Sunday, September 19, 2010

Garo Feature #36

For the Apr., '69 issue, I'm highlighting:

Takao Takahashi's - Lingering Song
Shigeru Mizuki's - Kitaro Night Stories



長持唄考 (Lingering Song)


"唄" is "song", and "考" is "thoughts" or "report on". There's no direct translation in my dictionary for the two kanji combined. I'm using "Lingering Song" as a working title for the moment.

A middle aged man is walking through modern day Japan, looking at the fashionable young women out shopping and enjoying themselves. He suddenly flashes back to a court case where a woman is under trial. We then flash back to the events regarding the woman, and it looks like we've jumped back to old Edo (or at least to a very rural village that hadn't been modernized yet). The woman was at home, tending to her young daughter, when the rice kettle exploded and burned half the girl's face. This destroys the woman's sanity, but she spends the next few years caring for the girl. The girl grows up to be very cheerful, and at about age 7 or 9, happens upon a traditional Japanese wedding. The girl dreams of getting married, but the mother discovers her in the crowd and drags the girl out to a temple in the woods. As the woman works up her courage, the girl realizes that something's wrong and runs away. The mother chases after her and eventually kills the girl, supposedly as a way of saving her from the grief of becoming an unweddable adult. After the fact, the mother breaks down and cries over the girl's body. The scene switches to the modern court room, where the woman is also crying. The scene returns again to the man on the street, who is still looking at the people around him, and telling himself that he doesn't understand what the woman had been thinking.



鬼太郎夜話 (Kitaro Night Stories) #22


This is marked as the last chapter of the series. The duke sees Kitaro's hair and shoots at it. The hair escapes, but there's a trail of blood indicating that it's been hit. The duke finds the note the hair had written, but is more surprised that hair can write kanji than at the message telling them to leave the house. That night, as the duke is sleeping, the hair crawls down from the ceiling and suffocates him. It gets a knife and cuts the rope holding the fridge closed and lets Kitaro out. The hair then chases after Nezumi Otoko, who runs out into a field and collapses. When he recovers, Nezumi goes back into the house, where he finds Kitaro and his eyeball father taking a nice warm bath (the fridge had been very cold). Nezumi sees the dead duke (identified again as the werewolf) and is offended at overhearing Kitaro and his father joking that Nezumi may also have been killed. Nezumi enters the kitchen, and Kitaro reminds him that he'd been the one that initially tried to kill Kitaro. Nezumi excuses himself, saying that he'd just wanted to find a place to live. Kitaro leaves the house, saying that Nezumi can have this place. Nezumi asks where Kitaro is going, and the boy says "some place you don't know".

This is marked as the last chapter of the series. The duke sees Kitaro's hair and shoots at it. The hair escapes, but there's a trail of blood indicating that it's been hit. The duke finds the note the hair had written, but is more surprised that hair can write kanji than at the message telling them to leave the house. That night, as the duke is sleeping, the hair crawls down from the ceiling and suffocates him. It gets a knife and cuts the rope holding the fridge closed and lets Kitaro out. The hair then chases after Nezumi Otoko, who runs out into a field and collapses. When he recovers, Nezumi goes back into the house, where he finds Kitaro and his eyeball father taking a nice warm bath (the fridge had been very cold). Nezumi sees the dead duke (identified again as the werewolf) and is offended at overhearing Kitaro and his father joking that Nezumi may also have been killed. Nezumi enters the kitchen, and Kitaro reminds him that he'd been the one that initially tried to kill Kitaro. Nezumi excuses himself, saying that he'd just wanted to find a place to live. Kitaro leaves the house, saying that Nezumi can have this place. Nezumi asks where Kitaro is going, and the boy says "some place you don't know".

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