When I posted some scans from Noboru Ohshiro's Kasei Tanken
back at the beginning of the month, I promised to scan pages from another Ohshiro manga. Then I got distracted by yarn and brightly-colored scraps of paper for about three weeks. But here it is at last: Yukaina Tekkôsho
As I mentioned last time, I can't read Japanese and am comically under-qualified for my job as a manga editor. Matt Thorn translates the title as The Delightful Steel Mill
, which is probably the best translation, but I kind of prefer the translation one of my Japanese coworkers at Viz offered, The Happy Cog Factory
. It appears to be a loosely-connected string of adventures had by the inhabitants of a cartoonist's studio, mainly his Snowy-like talking dog and a pair of Mutt-and-Jeff-like cartoon characters who come to life.
I am unable to determine much of the plot beyond that, save that it incorporates the following elements:Puppies!
A put-upon mouse!
A drawing of a hot-air balloon that rises from the paper and takes our heroes on a magical journey!
Seriously. This is Toontown, right? Anyway, it leads into the best section of the book, wherein the cartoon fellows visit a robot factory staffed with anthropomorphic animals who teach them true facts about smelting. This involves...Robot disguises!
And, best of all...a totally boss giant robot, I mean, look at this sucker and tell me it isn't the awesomest thing you have ever seen.
Japan spent the next 70 years trying to come up with a better giant robot and failing.
I am so in love with Ohshiro. Fortunately, Matt Thorn has been kind enough to post scans from Ohshiro's third masterpiece, Kisha Ryokô
(Train Journey), on his blog
. And just to show me up, he followed it up with scans from another classic manga, The Adventures of Little Shô
, written by Shôsei Oda and drawn by Katsuichi Kabashima. Go! Look! Enjoy!
Long live old manga!