Moto Hagio’s a Drunken Dream and Other Stories
by Moto Hagio
Hagio revolutionized Japanese “girl’s comics,” or Shojo manga, by broadening the subject matter to include death, ghost stories, and sexual confusion. Hey – it’s all my favorite stuff in one place! But I was a little let down as the intended audience was obviously someone a little younger than me. Maybe I am just a snoot. Still, Archie this is not. If ambiguously gendered mystical melancholia is your thing this book has it in heaps. Recommended for Morrissey fans.
The stories that hit the mark the most for me: “Iguana Girl,” a refreshingly mature take on being the runt of the family, and “Angel Mimic,” which flips the script on the student-teacher crush scenario.
Making this work more valuable is the front (or is it back?) matter by translator Matt Thorne that includes a rundown of notable Shojo manga artists and a long interview with Hagio. Drunken Dream and Other Stories is window to a world of art not many of us have access to.