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Haruko Ichikawa Sakuhinshuu  
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Description
Two volumes of the author's best oneshots.

Volume 1: Mushi to Uta (Insects and Songs)

1) Star Lover - The odd relationship between a teenage boy and his uncle's "daughter."

2) Violight - A boy wakes up in an unfamiliar land, with only a strange, ethereal young man to accompany him on his journey to safety.

3) The Kusaka Siblings - A baseball player who's just quit the school team due to a shoulder injury and the adorable robot he adopts as his little sister.

4) Mushi to Uta - The story of a young man who builds models of insects for odd clients, and his siblings. Winner of the Shikitaishou award.

5) Secret - A two-page oneshot.

Volume 2: 25-Ji no Vacances (25-Hour Vacation)

1) 25-Hour Vacation - Marine biologist Nishi Otome takes time off and reunites with her brother, Kotaro, for the first time in a while.

2) On Pandora - The meeting between a delinquent named Nana and a strange transfer student at Pandora Women’s College, located on one of Saturn's satellites.

3) The Funeral of the Moon - A genius high school student begins living with a lonely man in the isolated snowy mountains of the north.

Note: Mushi to Uta was nominated for the 3rd Manga Taisho in 2010. 25-ji no Vacance was nominated for the 5th Manga Taisho in 2012. Winner of the Tezuka Osamu New Artist Prize (2010).

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
ヴァイオライト
月の葬式
虫と歌
虫と歌 市川春子作品集
25 Ji no Vacances
25時のバカンス
25時のバカンス 市川春子作品集 2
25-Hour Vacation
25-Ji no Vacances: Ichikawa Haruko Sakuhinshuu 2
25Ji no Vacances
Ichikawa Haruko Anthology
Insects and Songs
Mushi to Uta
Mushi to Uta: Ichikawa Haruko Sakuhinshuu
Tsuki no Soushiki
Vaioraito

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.4 by Lovely Strange Dark (99d ago)
v.1 c.3 by Lovely Strange Dark (294d ago)
v.1 c.1 by Lovely Strange Dark (498d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (12 votes)
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Last Updated
October 5th 2017, 8:15am PST


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Year
2009

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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #745 increased(+59)
Monthly Pos #1308 increased(+487)
3 Month Pos #2616 increased(+637)
6 Month Pos #3671 increased(+1159)

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On 69 reading lists
On 149 wish lists
On 9 completed lists
On 2 unfinished lists
On 60 custom lists

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For lovers of the weird and unusual   
Rating: 8.2 / 10.0
by calstine
July 23rd, 2017, 11:16am
Volume one is a set of thematically linked oneshots whose subject matter can be summed up as "human-nonhuman relationships of varying nature." The first story: lovers; second: friends; third: siblings; fourth: creator-creation. The fifth seems to have been stuck there as a kind of afterthought, as it was extremely short and had barely any plot.

I question the wisdom of making Star Lover the first chapter; as you might expect from a story that deals with genetically engineered lovers, it's extremely morally questionable to the point of being unethical. Though nothing too shocking compared to the usual seinen fare, it starts off the collection on the wrong foot, as the rest of the stories are charming, gentle, melancholy and free of any such dubious content. So if you find yourself creeped out by Star Lover, I urge you to keep reading, as it's all uphill from there. Mushi to Uta in particular was very creative and touching: I can see why it won an award.

The unusual art style, vague narrative and subtext-laden dialogue means that a good deal of close attention is required when reading, so don't expect to be able to rush through Haruko Ichikawa Sakuhinshuu. And if your tastes tend towards the mainstream, I doubt you'll find much to enjoy here.

As of this time, the second volume has yet to be scanlated; my comment and rating will be updated once that's done. For now, the series has my ready recommendation for more open-minded readers or anyone looking for a break from the norm.

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2017, 11:45am
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