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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)

1-2) 25-Hour Vacation - Marine biologist Nishi Otome takes time off and reunites with her brother, Kotaro, for the first time in a while.

3) 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.

4) 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.2 c.4 (end) by Lovely Strange Dark 3 months ago
v.2 c.3 by Lovely Strange Dark 3 months ago
v.2 c.1-2 by Lovely Strange Dark 4 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (21 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.21 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 22nd 2018, 7:13pm 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 #654 increased(+89)
Monthly Pos #1122 increased(+531)
3 Month Pos #2128 decreased(-1144)
6 Month Pos #442 increased(+258)
Year Pos #1195 increased(+1242)

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On 86 reading lists
On 169 wish lists
On 42 completed lists
On 5 unfinished lists
On 81 custom lists

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Interesting and Difficult to Understand   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by SmexyBL
April 12th, 2018, 3:10pm
I find myself really attracted to Ichikawa Haruko's work for it's simplicity, but that makes me go back time and time again to re-read pages or whole chapter because I constantly think I have missed something. I have noticed all of her work follows similar themes and if it wasn't executed in such a lighthearted manner, this could very well be considered horrific.

These two volumes of one shots were a great read, but most likely enjoyable to someone who enjoys plots and art that is niche/cultish/off-the-beaten-path. All of the stories were honestly heartwarming if you look at the humanity of it all. Every story creates it's own world (or maybe I could go back to read it again to find out different). In even the simplest and shortest of the stories (Volume 1 Chapter 5) it gives you enough of a sense of the world at large that you can become immersed into it, perhaps even sympathetic to their moral values and understandings. If you enjoy finding out about a new world through character interactions and surprises, these stories may be for you, but this mangaka does not largely focus on character development and backstory unless it is to further the concept of the world around them.
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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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