jump to navigation

Mochiru Hoshisato May 26, 2009

Posted by gtoproject in Manga, Mangaka.
Tags:
add a comment

Mochiru Hoshisato (星里もちる, Hoshisato Mochiru, born January 1, 1961) is a Japanese manga artist. His simple drawing style reflects the gentle nature of his often romantic tales of modern young Japanese salary-men. While Living Game has been favorably compared to Rumiko Takahashi’s Maison Ikkoku, Hoshisato’s Yume-ka mo Shinnai and Honki no Shirushi contain fewer superfluous side-plots than Living Game, but may be just too depressing for some readers to enjoy.

Works

Listed chronologically, with the oldest at the top.

Manga

The Danger Is Walking (危険がウォーキング, Kiken ga Uōkingu)
1986-1989, Tokuma Shoten, 4 volumes, originally published in Petit Apple Pie anthology.
About a girl who “sweats” nitroglycerin, and therefore must constantly be eating and drinking things to cool her down.
Strained Spouse Rumble (いきばた主夫ランブル, Ikibata Shufu Ranburu)
1989, Tokuma Shotem, 1 volume.
Cocktail – Ponytail (かくてる・ポニーテール, Kakuteru Ponītēru)
1990, Tokuma Shoten, 1 volume.
Wazuka Is Right Before You (わずかいっちょまえ, Wazu ka Iccho Mae)
1991, Tokuma Shoten, 1 volume.
Only Half (ハーフな分だけ, Hāfu na Bundake)
1991, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.
A couple is drawn together despite mutual dislike.
Living Game
1991-1993, Shogakukan, 10 volumes.
A salaryman’s apartment is turned into temporary office following a disaster at the new office.
Let’s Get Married (結婚しようよ, Kekkon Shiyō yo)
1994-1995, Shogakukan, 6 volumes.
A marriage agency composed of marryable people.
It Might Be a Dream (夢かもしんない, Yume Kamoshinnai)
1996-1997, Shogakukan, 5 volumes.
Rice Omelet (オムライス, Omuraisu)
1998-2000, Shogakukan, 5 volumes.
The Mark of Truth (本気のしるし, Honki no Shirushi)
2000-2003, Shogakukan, 6 volumes.
Need and obligations trump complacency.
Worried Yome-san (気になるヨメさん, Ki ni Naru Yome-san)
2002, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.
Luna Heights (ルナハイツ, Runa Haitsu)
2003-2004, Shogakukan, 4 volumes.
More salaryman apartment social complications.
Monster House (怪獣の家, Kaijū no Ie)
2004-2005, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.

Manga essay

Mochi Is a Mochi Seller (モチはモチ屋, Mochi wa Mochiya)
(2000, Mainichi Communications, 1 volume)

Illustration

Romancia (ロマンシア, Romanshia)
(1987-08-01, JICC Shuppankyoku, 1 volume)

References

1. ^ “星里もちる先生とは”. http://homepage1.nifty.com/nagoyan/mochiru/mochiru.htm#profile. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
2. ^ Van Huffel, Peter (2004-01-17). “Hoshisato Mochiru 星里もちる”. http://users.skynet.be/mangaguide/au450.html. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
3. ^ “星里もちる先生作品データベース”. http://homepage1.nifty.com/nagoyan/mochiru/mochiru_sakuhin.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
4. ^ “Hoshisato Mochiru Bibliography”. http://www.geocities.com/livinggame/LivingGame/bliblio.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.

Advertisements

Living Game May 26, 2009

Posted by gtoproject in Manga.
Tags:
add a comment

Living_Game

Living Game (りびんぐゲーム) is a seinen manga by Mochiru Hoshisato, originally published in Big Comic Spirits between October 1990 and April 1993. It is a romantic comedy that also examines some of the absurd effects of the rampant real estate speculation brought about in Japan in the late 1980s and the subsequent recession in the early 90’s.

Story

Raizo Fuwa is a 25-year-old salaryman living in a cramped home and working in a crowded office in Tokyo. His hopes for improved conditions are dashed when the new office building his company is supposed to move into is condemned as unsafe because the construction company has been cutting corners. Since the old building is already being demolished, they have no choice but to “temporarily” move the office into Fuwa’s new flat. The final complication arrives in the form of the new employee Izumi Hiyama, a high school dropout the boss has promised to take care of as a favour to her family. No landlords are willing to rent to a 15-year-old girl, so she too has to move into Fuwa’s home/office.

Main Characters

Raizo Fuwa (不破 雷蔵, Fuwa Raizo)
Raizo Fuwa a 25-year-old man is the main character in this manga. He is certainly a reckless and irresponsible person. He lives in a very cramped apartment. He works in a small office which later will change into a home office, because the building that was supposed to be used as an office is condemned as unsafe because the construction company has been cutting the expenses for making it. His life started to change from this point, he had to give up his own room in apartment to be used as a temporary office and then he had to live together with Hiyama Izumi a 15-year-old girl that his company hired. He thinks like he was in some kind of hell to live with a girl 10 years younger, he must able to control his every desire as an adult. There were times that he can’t control his desire anymore, but luckily there are always breaks that stops him from doing anything to Izumi. He has a dream that he can have his own house, but he knows that such things were only a mere dream, but his passions never runs out. With the help of Izumi he lived his life the to fullest.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My Rating: 9 … Great manga