Manga Giveaway: Ghost Talker’s Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Ghost Talker’s Giveaway is…beckafly!

As the winner, beckafly will be receiving a brand new copy of the first volume of Ghost Talker’s Daydream written by Saki Okuse, illustrated by Sankichi Meguro, and published by Dark Horse. For this giveaway we talked about manga with absurd premises. Normally, I would just refer you to the Ghost Talker’s Giveaway comments, but since there were so few entries this time around I’ve decided to include them in this post.

Now, on to some ridiculous manga!

Justin shares some thoughts on Shinji Saijyo’s Iron Wok Jan which can get pretty crazy indeed:

Ooh, this is interesting. I haven’t read too many out of bounds manga, but one that did get me was Iron Wok Jan—the amount of sheer ridiculousness of the products they get cooked (Whether it was just normal fried rice to custard soup with sheep brains), and how precise everything had to be that made it taste good, and addition to the cast of characters who are sometimes annoyingly stubborn, I was mystified yet entertained at the same time^^ Would love to see this manga in print again, but alas…

beckafly’s favorite absurd manga is X-Day by Setona Mizushiro and specifically mentions the side story “The Last Supper”:

My favorite absurd manga has to be [X-Day].There’s a side story in there where farm animals become people and are used for medicine. The actual story is kind of normal except for the blowing up the school bit.

phoenixphire24 mentions Takashi Hashiguchi’s Yakitate!! Japan. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’ve been meaning to give it a try:

My favorite ridiculous manga premise is for one of my favorite manga: Yakitate Japan. People that use their skills as bakers to fight in competitions with bread. And their bread can do crazy things to the judges, like transform them. And everything is a pun. Damn, I love that manga.

And there you have it! Some potentially absurd manga worth tracking down.

Also, a heads up: I’m thinking about moving from a monthly giveaway to a giveaway every other month. I haven’t decided yet, though. If you care one way or the other, please let me know!

Manga Giveaway: Omnivorous Old Boy Winner

And the winner of the Omnivorous Old Boy manga giveaway is…Jason!

Thank you to everyone who visited Experiments in Manga and participated in the contest. Only four people entered this time, which I thought was a little disappointing. Hopefully there will be a bigger turn out next month. Although, a smaller entry pool means there’s better odds for you if you participate. Anyway. As the winner, Jason will be receiving a brand new copy of Old Boy, Volume 1 written by Garon Tsuchiya and illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi.

Since there are some great scenes in Old Boy involving food, I asked entrants for some favorite scenes from other manga that also involve food. (See the Omnivorous Old Boy comments for more details.) The manga mentioned included two “food” manga Yakitate!! Japan by Takashi Hashiguchi and Bambino! by Tetsuji Sekiya. Understandably, there are quite a few notable scenes involving food in those two series. There’s a fair amount of food and cooking related manga available, which I think is wonderful. I love food. I love manga. The combination works for me.

There are plenty of scenes in “non-food” manga involving food that are fun and important, too. I offered up Old Boy as one example. I found it interesting that the two “non-food” series mentioned in the comments both happened to have post-apocalyptic, science fiction elements. Yasuhiro Nightow’s Trigun and Trigun Maximum have quite a few moments involving food and drink. Wolfwood and Vash fighting over spaghetti early on in Trigun Maximum amused me greatly. Also mentioned was a delightful scene from Eden: It’s an Endless World! by Hiroki Endo. I don’t remember which volume this is from (I think it’s volume eight), but I do remember the moment:

Eden: It’s an Endless World! by Hiroki Endo