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Endo Hiroki Tanpenshuu (Manga)

Endo Hiroki Tanpenshuu

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English: Tanpenshu
Synonyms: Hiroki Endo's Short Stories, Hiroki Endo's Tanpenshu
Japanese: 遠藤浩輝短編集


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 7
Status: Finished
Published: 1997 to 2001
Authors: Endo, Hiroki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon


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Ranked: #17452
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Hiroki Endo's Tanpenshu is a two tankōbon series long collection of various short manga by Hiroki Endo. "Tanpenshu" is Japanese for "short stories".

Volume 1:
"The Crows, the Girl and the Yakuza" Originally published in 1996 in Monthly Afternoon. A lone yakuza member takes refuge from a gang war with a young woman who seems to have formed a strange relationship with crows. During his time with her, he comes to reconsider the course of his own life.
"Because You're Definitely a Cute Girl" Originally published in 1996 in Monthly Afternoon. A young girl's bewilderment over sex is overloaded by her widower father's decision to take a lover, driving her to a sudden swing from passive indifference to reactionary violence.
"For Those of Us Who Don't Believe in God" Originally published in 1997 in Monthly Afternoon. Centers around a group of college drama students preparing and performing a play depicting a conversation between a serial killer and the sister of one of his victims. The process causes the group to reflect and ultimately confront their own individual problems.

Volume 2:
"Hang" Originally published in 2000 in Afternoon Season Special Edition.
"High School Girl 2000" Originally published in 1999 in Afternoon Season Special Edition. A semi-autobiographical story featuring Hiroki Endo being distracted from doing work.
"Platform" Originally published in 1996 in Monthly Afternoon.
"Boys Don't Cry"



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Jul 11, 2013
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts...”

With these verses, William Shakespeare summed up in his “As you like it” what would three hundred years later become the foundation of Goffman and Pirandello's philosophies. That's right, every human, every day plays an act, wearing a different mask in any situation as the latter would write, all to keep on living and mingle inside this society which sometimes is more of a fictional world than the real theatre.

Along came Hiroki Endo and, taking inspiration by real and imaginary read more
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Apr 11, 2010
I've started reading this manga quite enthusiastically, because after just a few pages I was smitten by the artwork.The Crows, the Girl and the Yakuza is the first story, and in my opinion the best one. It's the only story in which I did not feel that the artist was in a hurry to finish, or he had a limited number of pages he could use for each story.There's a certain unfinished air to the stories, they seem as pieces of an artist's practice sketchbook, like a draft for the real thing.

Despite this, I rather enjoyed this work, because I like darkness, spleen and despair, read more
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Both collections of short stories with a psychological edge and some dark humor (the latter more overt in Revolutionist).
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