Sunday, October 10, 2010

Garo Feature #39

For the June, '69 issue, I'm highlighting:

Manabu Ohyama's - Fossil Forest
Ryouichi Ikegami's - White Fluid



化石の森 (Fossil Forest)


A young man, an engineer, lives with his wife and father. The father was against their marriage, and always argues with them. However, occasionally, when it snows, he just stands outside in a daze, acting like he wants to freeze to death. One day, the father pleads with the engineer to take him on a trip before he dies. As they're on the plane to Hokkaido, the man asks to know where they're going. The father answers "Karafuto" (the disputed island of Sakhalin near Russia). It's prohibited for Japanese citizens to go there, but the old man knows how to get past the border. He then tells the engineer "you're not actually my son". Turns out that following WW II, the Russian army was rounding up and executing Japanese citizens living on Karafuto. The old man and his wife had two young children then, and as they were escaping through the snow packed woods, the old man suffered a broken arm and the wife had a leg injury. They couldn't carry their children, so in one clearing, when the kids had collapsed, the father had buried them under the snow. The husband and wife made it to a port and caught a ship going to Hokkaido, and as they were about to depart, spied a small boy who'd been separated from his own parents. The couple adopted the child, who, now as an adult, is left wondering who he really is and what had happened to his own family. Then, the old man and the engineer reach Karafuto, and the old man goes running off to what he thinks is the right spot. The engineer can't believe that they'd be able to find two bodies out in the open like this after 24 years, but they do. However, while the bodies are of a male and a female, and they are wearing the right clothes, the bodies look too old. In any event, the father sweeps them up, hugging them and crying, apologizing and asking if they feel cold.



白い液体 (White Fluid)


Ryouichi really likes his horror stories. A young man gets the urge to jump on a train and goes traveling for no particular reason. He arrives at Hanukebito station and exits the train. The ticket master looks like a ghost, and doesn't talk to the guy as he passes through the gate. The man goes through town, noticing that it's empty. He finds a inn, and an old woman checks him in, saying that they only have the one room, and there's only the one guest who'd arrived 1 year earlier. Things continue taking a surreal turn as the room is filled with spider webs, the guest almost looks like a corpse, the woman is married to the ticket master, the couple has only what seems to be one grandson, no one has any teeth, the village is otherwise deserted, the train only stops once a year, the place is infested with flesh-eating locusts, and the only food is a white liquid that comes out of a pipe in the garden. The guy gets bitten by the insects, and when he tries to talk to the other people, is told that they only want to sleep. The rain pours down days on end, and the guy feels really lethargic shortly after drinking the white liquid. He never does figure out where the liquid is coming from, and eventually the other people in the inn die one after the other. His teeth start falling out, his memory slips away from him - he can't remember the name of the station he'd gotten out at or why he'd come here in the first place. The corpse of the other guest seems to be laughing at him, and the only time he seems to be lucid is when he's sleeping. Eventually, he forgets to go to the station the next time the train is due to stop, and in the final panel, he's covered with locusts.

(Ha nuki bito = Teeth Fell Out Person).

Source:http://www.infonet.co.jp/apt/March/comics/Garo/69.06.html

Ryouichi really likes his horror stories. A young man gets the urge to jump on a train and goes traveling for no particular reason. He arrives at Hanukebito station and exits the train. The ticket master looks like a ghost, and doesn't talk to the guy as he passes through the gate. The man goes through town, noticing that it's empty. He finds a inn, and an old woman checks him in, saying that they only have the one room, and there's only the one guest who'd arrived 1 year earlier. Things continue taking a surreal turn as the room is filled with spider webs, the guest almost looks like a corpse, the woman is married to the ticket master, the couple has only what seems to be one grandson, no one has any teeth, the village is otherwise deserted, the train only stops once a year, the place is infested with flesh-eating locusts, and the only food is a white liquid that comes out of a pipe in the garden. The guy gets bitten by the insects, and when he tries to talk to the other people, is told that they only want to sleep. The rain pours down days on end, and the guy feels really lethargic shortly after drinking the white liquid. He never does figure out where the liquid is coming from, and eventually the other people in the inn die one after the other. He teeth start falling out, his memory slips away from him - he can't remember the name of the station he'd gotten out at or why he'd come here in the first place. The corpse of the other guest seems to be laughing at him, and the only time he seems to be lucid is when he's sleeping. Eventually, he forgets to go to the station the next time the train is due to stop, and in

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