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09 January 2008 @ 12:21 pm
Since I work near a Barnes and Noble, I tend to go in there on the off chance I get an hour lunch, or I open the store and get off at around 6 pm. Technically, I could go into Barnes and Noble after I finish closing the store at about 9:45, but yeah... hellz noe.

I've picked up a manga series that I read ages and ages ago. It was probably the first scanlated thing I ever read on the internet. You might have heard of it; it's called Houshin Engi. I advise against the anime, by the way.

Seriously, this manga is pretty damn old now. But, wow... I think I have this thing for sort of odd, yet aesthetically pleasing, styles. Rui Araizumi's style is one, but Ryu Fujisaki's style is... "Holy crap, I never noticed how neat this was." The style itself is really solid and consistent, not to mention clean and crisp. The guy is also surprisingly good at making his characters attractive, while making their faces and figures very different. When I read this as a 7th grader, I don't think I really came to appreciate it. But, I believe that this guy actually had quite a bit of influence on my art, and I never really realized it.

But, to get to the title of this entry... Houshin Engi is kind of... morbid. Okay, so we see people get eaten alive in a pit of snakes, the main villainess eating an intestine, we can deal with that. Our generation has been so desensitized, it doesn't even phase us. But, what I'm getting at is the first chapter of book 4.

The chapter title is "Dakki and Kibi's Three-Minute Cooking." Dakki, by the way, is the main villainess I mentioned before. Kibi is her younger sister, but that doesn't really matter. Pretty much, Dakki, an evil fox spirit possessing the body of a beautiful woman, has taken over the Yin Dynasty by tempting the emperor and is causing havoc. At one point, she imprisoned the governor of the western region. His eldest son came to the palace to rescue his father, and after his talking monkey injures Dakki, he is killed (though it is not shown on screen, Dakki walks towards him with a huge knife.)

The next page flips to Dakki and Kibi making hamburgers, gleefully describing how to prepare them correctly and cook them.

Then, the governor of the western region is served some hamburger's. Apparently, he loves hamburgers, which he says out loud to the person giving him the food. Then, the guy is like "Is that so? /smirk" And the governor starts crying as the guy leaves and says his son's name.


Honestly, I'm not sure if it was his son, or just the monkey (Dakki thought it "looked delicious" before it injured her,) or if it was BOTH of them that got ground up into hamburgers.

I think what's actually weird is that I saw Sweeney Todd last week, and was less disturbed by that than this little thing in Houshin Engi. I MEAN DEAR GOD. SQUICK. /cowers in a corner.

Alright, now you all should go read it.
Current Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
Current Music: Kow Otani - Black Blood
nice boat: loveless → pacifist by naturegravira on January 9th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
I heard of the manga, it's in the front of my local B & N lol.
solar_panda on January 9th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
...somehow, I don't think people would make very good hamburgers.

But, yeah, cannibalism always squicked me bad. D8
sunnyupsidedownsunnyupsidedown on January 11th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, this burger tastes of Soylent Green! Though in all seriousness, assuming my knowledge of cookerycraft is correct, she's a bold faced liar. Hamburgers are made from cow, this is clearly a son burger, or a turkey burger. The standard turkey burger tasting about as tasty as the thought of consuming your own offspring, you know, assuming a non species related tendancy to do so.
Actually though that reminds me of this one game, where the "party" take to rest in one of the character's hometowns, and they're practically on the verge of starvation so said character takes some food from the nearby crates. No one notices that he's not eating. So a few minutes later they walk into a room to see people being prepared into what they had just ate, ensue psuedo vomiting. Oh classic classic.

Though it always is a neat feeling to notice the things that made you, you.
Red Raveness: Dogs Droolred_raveness on January 16th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
Lend them to me, whore. Then I can roll around and feel grossed out (I probably wont, really. But it could happen) and whine at you about it.

Ya know, there's an urban legend about Manwiches being made originally from people. Lololol cannibalism is so funny. 83 Now I want steak. SEE WHAT YOU DID?
masked_by_lies on June 16th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
lol Your poor livejournal, its been left like this for ages. (I can't talk tho...)
nice boat: final fantasy vii → cerberusgravira on August 29th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Nina: [Zelgadis & Lina & Gourry] OY VAYcaliga on August 30th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)

My life is boring so... I stopped updating. I'm so busy. 8D;;

nice boat: nabari no ou → :(gravira on August 30th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Nina: [Azure Kite] Starecaliga on August 30th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
You know it's true. :/ So, I just sort of slinked away. No one really noticed or cared.
nice boat: fate/stay night → heaven's feelgravira on August 30th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
What? Are you kidding me? I've been waiting for you to update for 8 months! I figured you didn't update because you were busy. How could you think that nobody actually cared or noticed?
Nina: [Zelgadis] Contemplationcaliga on August 30th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Well, I should say that it didn't really affect anyone that much. I have been extremely busy, and since no one's come looking for me, I don't feel anyone needs for me to blather on about my mundane life of work, work, work. Or about the anime/games that I like, but no one else is really interested in. So, you're partly right that I don't update because I'm really overworked. Otherwise, I just don't see the need.
nice boatgravira on August 30th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Nina: [BlackRose] Air of Dun Loireagcaliga on August 31st, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Why are you apologizing? I'm not blaming you guys... that's just sort of how it is, you know?
Kyo: warmashura_sama on October 5th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Late happy birthday wishes from nee-san!