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Monday 21 October 2013

Manga in the 80's Pt. 11

Fire Tripper. Written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. Published by Viz comics 1989 (the first the “Rumic World” showcase series). The manga was originally published by Shōgakukan Inc. 1989. 

This cleverly worked time travel short story centring on two children both flung from their respective times (1980's and possibly Japan's feudal civil war of the1500s) by a fiery explosions, with both of them having forgotten their juvenile past. The principal part of the story takes place in feudal Japan where the teenage schoolgirl Suzuko has been transported to a field in aftermath of a battle, and rescued by an older boy Shukumar who takes her to his village, where their relationship blossoms. 

[Note.  UPDATE: As of 2022 I have both "Fire Tripper.", and "Laughing Target", as well as the TPB "Rumiko Takahashi's Rumic World".]

[Note. Dear reader, 'Fire Tripper' is the only surviving issue I have from the 'Rumic World' that I have found in my collection, and with the OVA releases of the same name and under the same banner, I'm sorry to say I can not at this time recall all the manga that was featured.]

[Note. Laughing Target (1990) was the second short story in the collection of Rumic World.]

[Note. there was later a Trade Paperback compilation that had 3 stories within its pages called Rumic World.]

[FOOTNOTE: Rumiko Takahashi, her most popular English translated 'Manga' (Published by VIZ COMIC) in the 1990's was "Ranma 1/2" (a martial arts comedy), and the long running series "Maison Ikoku" (a light-hearted Soap Opera), but her dip into Gothic horror and the Occult would be those stories taken form myths and Legends of the Japanese Mermaid;    ]

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