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I loved this book Himiko is a failed novelist who decided to abandon his mediocre life by usurping the place of a rich old friend of his who could ve been his twin after he died Taking over his fortune contacts a power he realises his dreams of building an utopia o 200614 reread and reaffirm favoritegraphic this time notice setup very japanese grisly fantastic origincrime and then later murder everything is for art no morals no arguments just art160906 this is the first edogawa rampo i have read set in 1920s Japan this reminds me not of Poe but of surrealist and decadent authors books lthat involve usage of great wealth to create some garden or landscape cabinet of curiosities i think of raymond roussell s locus solus but set in Japan in which an entire island is transformed into an adult amusement parki like this than written work primarily as the graphic work is very effective very surreal there is little reference to the world before our artist protagonist fakes his own death and resurrection as a wealthy aristocrat we know he is impoverished and no one wants his writing we know he writes and dreams extravagant fantasies we watch him pretend to be the industrialist even as his motivation is to change an entire island to his ideali call it a favouritegraphic because i really do not see it working except in this format visual fantastic dream than reality no long passages of mechanics by which he uses wealth no real development of characters just images as a book it would not be such spectacle as film it would be a passing series of tableau which would not be always there to return to it would just flash by so the story is not a story the characters flat andor crazed the island and panorama has no rational meaning or purpose the wealth is just a free pass to bringing the world of dreams to life the graphic artwork is representational realistic probably what Japanese readers expect with the dream world as coherent as our version of 1920s Japan Absolute genius Take the literary GENIUS of Edogawa Ranpo an absolutely dearly beloved favorite and then turn it into manga drawn by the most fucked up eroguro artist alive Maruo Suehiro and ou are guaranteed to have a winner I find myself proud to have this one on my bookshelf A masterpiece of graphic art and indeed there are some graphic scenes in this story usually of a sexual nature in case ou are offended by such things An odd tale by Japanese mystery writer Edogawa Rampo is turned into an adult manga classic by illustrator Suehiro Maruo If ou are looking for something a little mature than most manga on the market these days then ou might want to take a chance on this one The book design and English translation are perfect Although the tale is fairly simple and straight forward it won t take ou very long to finish reading the artwork and deeper underlying meanings will linger in our mind There is obviously a lot of symbolism here much of it imported from European cultures which could be analysed to death The ending is a bit abrupt but appropriate in its own way The wonderful Edogawa Rampo novel turned into a brilliant manga comic by Suehiro Maruo I reviewed the Rampo book in detail so I am just going to concentrate on Maruo s interpretation of that novel First he follows the narrative very closely and strange enough the Rampo novel is erotic but saying that the original source is like a full watt battery for Maruo He takes The Strange Tale of Panorama Island to another level Reading this I am not disappointed with what he has done with Panorama Island Usually with a visual book like this or even Foam of the Daze one can be disappointed by the artist who is re interpretating the original source because it fails the reader s vision of that work But I think Maruo not only respects the work but I But I think Maruo not only respects the work but I it is a very important text for him and his work He follows the Rampo vision and added his touches but in many ways Maruo with respect to his work is very much the son of Rampo They share the same sensuality mixed with a taste for violence and the bizarre Maruo s heart is very much with the early 20th Century and his work with Rampo s book is the perfect marriage or relationship What one hopes is that there will be works translated into English for both Rampo and Maruo and that must happen now Ero guro is a literary and artistic movement that began somewhere in the thirties in Japan associated with eroticism and the grotesue This adult manga by Suehiro Maruo is faithfully adapted and within the ego guru tradition from a strange tale by Rampo Edogawa about a struggling novelist whose nearly identical but now rich boyhood friend dies Said writer decides to exhume his dead friend s body dispose of it and essentially convince people he had not really died but was buried prematurely He also makes a plan to replace him So he does this he becomes his friend He pulls it off The graveyard episode including one scene where he realizes he must extract the false tooth of his friend and his own healthy tooth These are some examples of the grotesue And a few other things that happen later So I think this is also
a manga horror story the struggling writer most manga horror story The struggling writer most the work of Poe so this fitsSo this writer has also written a novel his editor rejects which we learn later okay now this is a spoiler alert is the very situation he creates in replacing his friend The novel he wrote and enacts is about a man who creates a fantasy island Panorama Island using up the vast fortune of his dead friend to create a magnificent dreamworld Some of the fantasies enacted on the island include nude statues posed by actors and various sexual acts Thats w where the ego guru eroticism comes in It s adult fare though the drawing of the scenes is pretty air brushed
*and erotic than pornographic But also as strange as it is *erotic than pornographic But also as strange as it is Like the effect of something from Hitchcock maybe but surely PoeAll the main characters in the tale seem like fantasy characters unfortunately but the actors who get enact this Dionysian fantasy island seem real they feel they got a lucky gig getting paid to have this wild fun They re my favorite characters. Set in 1920s Japan The Strange Tale of Panorama Island follows the twisted path of failed novelist Hitomi who bears an uncanny resemblance to the son of a rich industrialist Hitomi learns of the rich man’s sudden death and creates a desperate plan successfully impersonating the now dead son Hitomi takes over all aspects of the industrialist’s life including his company his fortune and eventually his wife There he.
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Because they seem the most real So it s horror its the crazy erotic fantasy of some guy but it s also a crime story which gets resolved way too uickly too neatly until one last surprise We don t know how it all gets figured out and that is disappointing but it s not a story about the Sherlockian deduction it s a tale of horror and eroticism and twists and strange effects I didn t know Suehiro Maruo s work but am going to check out for sure The lines are elegant and spare and lovely for a horror comic Just beautiful art work among the most beautiful manga artwork I have et seen It is really impressive a great genre tale The work of two amazing artists the original novelist and the manga ka I want to read it so badly but the bookstore told me this English translation of The Strange Tale of Panorama Island original story by Edogawa Rompo isn t out Fiche Blian ag Fás yet Freaking HellIf kicking and screaming would bring me this book I d have already done thatpoutsUpdate28112013 I ordered the book Hope it ll get through this timeUpdate06022013 45 stars review to comeReview for Strange Tale of Panorama Island novella by Edogawa Rampo let s giveou a look of what s in store The story takes place in the 1920s Japan and the manga ka Suehiro Maruo clearly did soak himself entirely into the 1920s aura of the Japanese society and scenery everything in the manga is stylistically and vividly drawn with great details It s brilliant Thanks to Suehiro Maruo I was being introduced to this excellent painting series by Arnold B cklin Isle of the DeadLINK However I must confess I m not very happy with how Maruo handled the relationship between the Main Character and the dead man s beautiful widow In the later part of the story the relationship between those two should have taken the central stage but Maruo skipped too many things about this relationship to a point that a lot of tension and suspense is lost What a pity I have never in my life seen an actual panorama I d love to but I haven t I m sure most people living today haven t had the pleasure as panoramas were largely popular in the 19th century and were already well on their way out by 1900 I have of course seen panoramic photography and the inheritor of the ill fated Cin orama Disneyland s Circle Vision 360 Still not the same thing and I regret that I will likely never have the opportunity to engage such staging and artistry in person Reading about panoramas while exciting the imagination to some small degree really can t do justice to what must have been a tremendous thrill for 19th century viewersPanoramas were sometimes built of painted panels alone often staged at differing depths to confer a sense of dimensionality but many featured three dimensional elements as well sculpted pieces in the foreground designed to trick the mind into seeing depth where none existed Observers were brought into an arena of specialized lighting and visual manipulation which could then govern the rational mind into a particular aesthetic experience The panoramic scene would elicit a mediation between beauty a concept derived from sexuality and the sublime
a kind of awe in the face of the horror of thekind of awe in the face of the horror of the This balance between the two was known as the picturesue1Panoramas were means by which people could be theatrically transported into a world outside their "own a world of the picturesue of beauty "a world of the picturesue of beauty awe conjoined The panorama s chief conceit is that the viewer does not just take in a particularly lush painting but is installed within the painting itself Canvas borders would be obscured by props such that the beginning and end of the panorama could not immediately be discerned Having been enveloped within the panorama the observer is made participant in the scene into which he or she has been placed whether in landscape cityscape or the ferocious battles which dominated the later history of the artformIt is in multiple levels of panoramic engagement that Suehiro Maruo s adaptation of Edogawa Rampo s The Strange Tale of Panorama Island is concerned The story s central figure Hitomi a man of stolen identity uses the wealth he acuires surreptitiously to fund the construction of some version of an earthly paradise2 His goal is to submerge the book s characters in the titular island s vision Through painstaking planning skilled construction a talented ensemble of actors and wanton expenditures of seemingly endless wealth Hitomi creates a lavish illusion a living panorama into which guests and himself especially can experience an unreal world in a visceral way Hitomi is centrally concerned that his fantasy island feel like a real experience though one that is immediately picturesue drawing together eroticism and natural awe almost seamlessly Hitomi s strange and taled Panorama Island is an ode to hedonistic excess a devotion to pleasure divorced from any context save for the immediate experience of that pleasureInterestingly many of the critiues contemporary to the era of panoramic painting popularity are underscored and heightened through Hitomi s island On top of the criticism that the easy illusionment of panorama experiences rendered them merely base propaganda opposition at the time cited the operation of the locality paradox upon viewers The locality paradox refers
To Observers Inability To Discern Their True Place Whether Theyobservers inability to discern their true place whether they in the locale presented in the panorama or in the viewing rotunda Because Hitomi s goal is his guests complete participation he would not remotely see the locality paradox as problematic but rather something desirable Further criticism objected to the physicalization of the sublime The Romantics feared that in rendering what ought to be awestriking from material compositions the Wonderful would be reforged as Ordinary While Hitomi would be likely to object to this following his story through to its conclusion does offer evidence to support the Romantics3Additionally than Hitomi s goals even The Strange Tale of Panorama Island does itself seemingly somewhat hope to draw even the reader into the panorama of the story4 Most literature attempts this to some degree but Maruo revels so much in the visual spectacle affo. Redirects the family’s wealth to his own perverse aims On a remote and mysterious island he builds for himself a playground of hedonistic excess replete with decadent feasts orgies and dark secrets Stunning artwork by master manga artist Suehiro Maruo deftly illustrates this Japanese pulp classic in lush detail Maruo adapted this manga from a novella by Edogawa Rampo the Godfather of Japanese detective fiction Suehi.