atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1045: The original Speed Racer manga! Awesome!

And it's mine!

Today was the semi-annual trip to Vitamin World for Mom's glucosamine/chodroitin supplements. She buys huge bottles of the stuff and takes it religiously, and her arthritis has not bothered her nearly as much as it used to.

Anyway, the mall the place is in (in Merrilville, Indiana) also has a Border's with an excellent manga section. It's huge. In fact, that place's manga section is the entire reason I have a Border's card and such.

So once we were done at the vitamin store I beelined it for the bookstore, and once in the bookstore I beelined it for the manga section.

I bought the usual suspects--Ichigo 100%, Suzuka, and Someday's Dreamers all had new volumes out--but my eye fell over a hardcover box set of all the Speed Racer manga.

As my ex-girlfriend Darla used to say, SNATCH! I grabbed that sucker off the shelf so fast it left a hole in the air.


I didn't care. I grabbed it anyway.

($27 plus S&H at Amazon. I still don't care.)

The manga has the "Americanized" names in it rather than the Japanese names, so he's still "Speed Racer" rather than "Go Hibiki", etc--but WTF. The artwork is read right to left, as it was in the original publication, and the onomotopoeia (sound effects) have been left intact with translations nearby.

It rules.

I have no idea if this is actually the "complete" manga, as it seems to follow the TV episodes very closely--exactly, in fact--but since Speed Racer is 41 years old this year, it's kind of hard to tell. Especially since the rights for the American distribution of the show have never lapsed.

Still, I don't really care. I grew up with this stuff and I'm finding the manga intensely entertaining; I've already burned through the first book and I'm fixing to read the second one after dinner.

I would like to see subtitled, unedited anime, but that may be too much to hope for.

Unless the movie, which comes out this fricking Friday, is a big hit. Then...who knows?

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