English: New National Kid
Synonyms: Shin Nashonaru Kiddo, The Gold Notebook, Poison Strawberry, Michael Jackson's Bad, Farewell Showa, Totally Scary
Published: Nov 25, 1999
Score: 5.691 (scored by 470 users)
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SynopsisA collection of war-themed horrific, erotic and grotesque short stories.
Poison Strawberry 1
Poison Strawberry 2
Poison Strawberry 3
3rd Year High School Student
Children's Art Broadcast
Nagasaki Prefecture Minamitakaki - Gunnishiariechou Jionji
Michael Jackson's Bad
The Gold Notebook
Fake Electric Ant
Planet Of The Jap
Okay, this might be a little strange but I'm reviewing for a certain story in this collection which totally blew me away.
That story is Michael Jackson's BAD.
At first glance, something as short as BAD might be seen as a throw away manga, not even a manga so much as a two page joke. But if you look past that and really read it, really look at the message, you realize it's an incredibly complex look at the life of Michael Jackson and his relationship with the press as well as his psyche in general.
From just the dialogue alone, you can see that Michael is defending himself from accusations. "Who's the ugly one?" "Who's the stupid one?" "Who's the weak-willed one?" Not him, he insists, as he bludgeons the accuser with a baseball bat. This can be seen as Michael defending himself from the accusations of the press. "Not me!" he insists, resorting to violence out of desperation. Visually, it's also very complex. While some may see it as random nonsense, clearly it's about the way Michael's psyche sort of became cracked and damaged as his life went on, causing him to become reclusive and somewhat disturbed. After defending himself, he begins to spin faster and faster until finally he self destructs.
Indeed, what happened to MJ's mind over the course of his life. All the while, he defends himself fervently, as the on-lookers do nothing but stare.
In just two pages, this manga is an incredible look at the trials and tribulations of Michael Jackson filled with all the pain that man must have suffered being cast in a unanimously negative light for the public eye.
BAD is no doubt a masterpiece.
10/10. read more
Kuso Miso Technique and Michael Jackson's BAD(not Shin National Kid, just BAD) do not have the same plot but they are both wonderful works of art and are the only two manga, I am proud to say, that made me wonder whether I should vomit or laugh. Other stories in Shin National Kid are pretty erotic though.
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