Thursday, April 2, 2015

Anniversary Release: That Man's Trumpet

I know it's Thursday which is usually our Akagi day, but it's also our 4th Anniversary, so we'll be putting off Akagi until tomorrow. Instead, have a oneshot from the first Fukumoto Nobuyuki Oneshot Collection, That Man's Trumpet! It's the title oneshot for this volume, so I figured it'd be a good place to start in our unending quest to scanlate literally everything Fukumoto has ever done. I think it's pretty good, too! I think it's best to read it with instrumental jazz in the background to really get the feel.

Thanks to Tambur for the all-star cleaning AND typesetting! I will not be at Mahjong Night this saturday, nor will I be streaming on Sunday, as I will be at Sakura-con Friday-Sunday! Stop by the mahjong room if you're going there and look for a guy with messy red hair and glasses, I'd love to meet you!

That Man's Trumpet

"Are you and your trumpet still fighting together?"

This is clearly from the point in time where Fukumoto was still fighting to find his niche, and I feel like you can see that bleed through in Sakura's character. Just like Sakura was fighting to find his place in the world by playing his trumpet, Fukumoto was doing the same with his manga. I'm sure this came from a time in his life where he wasn't sure if he was going to make it in the manga industry, and he must have felt himself that the only reason he kept writing was, just as Sakura said, because he's a rebel at heart.

I wonder if that also means he felt like it was him against the world his whole life as well, just as Sakura continued to play his trumpet despite getting the adults of the town against him. Certainly most of his stories involve a poor and/or rebellious main character fighting against the establishment in the best way he knows how... I can definitely imagine him fighting to stay away from the dull everyday life of a salaryman, and continuing to draw his manga even when the rest of the world seemed to be telling him to quit.

It makes you wonder how many mangaka were in the same shoes as Fukumoto but just never found their niche and had to give up long before he did. Perhaps it was this rebellious nature of Fukumoto's that led him to become the sensation that he did, allowing him to overcome all the obstacles and become the very successful mangaka he is today.

But all that aside, it's kind of unusual to see a woman as the focal character in one of Fukumoto's works. I don't know if I would classify this story as a tragedy or what, but it certainly is pretty touching how Sakura's trumpet playing helped Satou through the worst parts of her life. I honestly didn't think the story was all that great, but it did get me thinking as you can see, and I enjoyed it nonetheless. Those torches on page 185 though... torches don't move like that. Just saying.

Tune in tomorrow for even more excitement!!


  1. It's FKMTkrazy's 4th anniversary, Sonic! C'mon!
    It's also the first anniversary of me joining the group (I provided raws for last years oneshot). Woohoo!

    Fun fact: Fukumoto's didn't even see one of his works get a tankobon release until over 5 years into his career, and didn't find any mainstream success until well over 10 years into his career. He's definitely been through some tough times.

    1. Has it really been 4 years? God damn.

    2. Haha not as young as you believe you are XD.

  2. Happy 3rd anniversary guys!
    You kept giving us surprises with these works, i am so glad i found this group.

    I wont really classify this story as a tragedy, there's not really an internal moral conflict between the interest of the characters, is more of a normal story of persons against the obstacles that the world presents, and they manage to get away with it, so is not a sad story either.

  3. Congratulations and thank you for all your work, appreciated.

  4. Congrats and thanks for the release.

  5. A big, big thank you for all the work you put into this. Kickin' ass like hell.

    Congratulations! Keep it up!