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Description
The Box Man
Enter the strange world of Imiri Sakabashira in which the denizens are zoomorphic creatures that emerge from one another as well as their equally bizarre environs. The Box Man follows its protagonists along a scooter trip through a complex landscape that oscillates between a dense city, a countryside simplified to near abstraction, and hybrids of the two; the theme of hybridity permeates throughout. One is unsurprised to encounter a creature that is half elderly man, half crab or a flying frog in this world where our guide apparent is an anthropomorphic, mollusk-like cat. Sakabashira weaves this absurdist tale in a seamless tapestry constructed of elements as seemingly disparate as Japanese folklore, pop culture, and surrealism. Within these panels, it becomes difficult to distinguish between the animate and the inanimate, the real and the imagined, a tension that adds a layer of complexity to this near-wordless psychedelic travelogue.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
赤タイツ男
Red Tights Man
The Box Man

Groups Scanlating
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Latest Release(s)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Reviews
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User Rating
Average: 6.1 / 10.0 (22 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.47 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 29th 2017, 3:38pm PST


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Recommendations
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Author(s)

Artist(s)

Year
2004

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
AX (Seirinkogeisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Drawn & Quarterly (1 Volume - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #791 increased(+200)
Monthly Pos #1452 increased(+560)
3 Month Pos #2589 increased(+1330)
6 Month Pos #5449 increased(+775)

List Stats
On 6 reading lists
On 54 wish lists
On 30 completed lists
On 0 unfinished lists
On 38 custom lists

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Weird fantasy   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by takitogr
August 21st, 2017, 4:40pm
If you're looking for something coherent to read, do yourselves a favour and don't read this.

If you're after something weird and non-sensical then you've come to the right place.

Not necessarily a good manga plot-wise or art-wise but an interesting curio nevertheless. The mangaka mixes various different bits of cultural influences (Kaiju, monster movies, african, polynesian? and quite some more) to create something like a weird acid trip.

It's basically a day in the life of box man. A guy on a scooter (his own or a stolen one if the circumstances call for it),accompanied by something that looks like a cat, who carries a box and his weird encounters. There's nothing deep or intellectually stimulating here as far as I can see. Just a weird non-sensical manga that's unlike other stuff I've read.

There's an unhealthy amount of cables drawn in this manga. My impression is that the mangaka is taking the piss out of what urban Japan itself looks like with the equally ridiculous amounts of cables hanging everywhere.

... Last updated on August 22nd, 2017, 7:09am
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