The Strange Tale of Panorama Island (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/7/1
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Presents a graphic novel adaptation of the story in which a failed novelist impersonates a dead industrialist and builds a hedonistic island empire.
"What's not to like about this book. ... The Strange Tale of Panorama Island is fittingly twisted, and an absolutely stunning piece of work to behold." -- Joseph Luster, Otaku USA
"Three stars." -- "Good OK Bad" (home of the 3-star review)
"A standout manga in terms of production, artistry, and storytelling, Strange Tale of Panorama Island is not to be missed for fans of adult, seinen, or horror manga.... Very highly recommended." -- The Fandom Post
Born on January 28, 1956 in Nagasaki. At a young age, Suehiro Maruo was an avid reader of comic. magazines such as "Shonen King" and "Shonen Magazine," and aspired to become a manga artist. At the age of 15, Maruo moved to Tokyo and look a job at the bookbinder Toppan in Tokyo. At 17, he showed his work to edito" at "Shonen Jump" but was told his work wasn't appropriate for their adolescent readers. After this, Maruo took a hiatus from attempting to publish his comic work. Suehiro Maruo made his debut as manga artist at the age of 24, with his work "Ribon no Kishi."
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"The Strange Tale Of Panorama Island" erzählt von Identitätsdiebstahl, grenzenloser gesellschaftlicher Dekadenz und der megalomanischen Errichtung eines Sündenpfuhls. Alles erscheint wie die pervertierte und bis zum Extremen getriebene Version von "Der Große Gatsby", vernab von jeglichem Mainstream. Ein erzählerisch sowie visuell sehr detailreicher und anspruchsvoller Manga, der eine absolute Empfehlung ist.
Taking the stories from Ranpo Edogawa it makes great read that the western audience is grateful to receive. I spoke with one of the translators for potential future releases of Maruo's work and he mentioned "imo-mushi" (caterpillar) which was also written by Ranpo Edogawa. This collaboration is not one to miss.
I am exceptionally satisfied with my purchase, and I hope to see some other titles by Maruo available in English in the future!
The man was a frustrated novelist, whose stories were not quite good enough to publish. I will spare you the details, but he became very rich, and decided to create the theme park of his dreams: one inspired by Greco-Roman sexual excesses. On this island of pleasure, customers ran around naked, & enjoyed each other openly. Sex acts are depicted in the drawings, which I think are been unnecessary to convey the story. It is not about the people who stay at the resort, but about the man who made it, and his relationships with others, most of whom he used then simply discarded once they had served his purpose.
Anyway, I was a bit disappointed to learn that Tezuka borrowed only the very vaguest ideas from the story when he drew ROBOT LAND (Astro Boy, Vol. 4), which was featured in both the 1963 B&W and the 1980 Mighty Atom (Astroboy) animated series. The idea of an island amusement park was all of Ranpo's story that made it into the cartoons; I had expected a bit more when I ordered this book, and my curiosity about the story that inspired ROBOT LAND was really my only interest in this book.
I will say that I did find the story rather compelling, the main character is a sociopath whose acts are disgusting. He stops at nothing in pursuit of his goals. If you enjoy gore, you might like this one.