Eve no musuko-tachi, From Eroica with Love, Z —Aoike Yasuko (source: Aoike Yasuko exhibition opening this November in Kyoto, natalie.mu)

Sazae-san calendar art — Hasegawa Machiko

Tokimeki Tonight — Ikeno Koi

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Nurse Angel Ririka SOS — Ikeno Koi

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HOSONO Michiko (野みち子 ) + HARA Junichirou (原淳一郎 ), Good Morning, Elza / Ohayou Eruza / おはようエルザ

A message from Anonymous
Can you also translate novels?

That depends! Technically, yes, I can. :) But translating a novel requires a much bigger investment of time and effort, and will also cost a lot more than translating a manga or article…

But I’m very willing to take a look at it and give you a definitive answer, if you want! Feel free to send me another ask or mail me: hasunoutena AT gmail DOT com

Thank you for asking!

A message from Anonymous
Hi, what is the best Hagio Moto work in your opinion?



Good question! She has written lots and lots of stuff, and I’ve far from read all of it, so please take this answer with a grain of salt.

I’m pretty sure that the two books out in English, Heart of Thomas and A Drunken Dream and other stories, contain what a lot of people agree are her best works: Heart of Thomas, Hanshin (16-page short story about conjoined twins), and Iguana Girl (the short story about a girl whose mother insists she is an iguana). These are definitely considered masterpieces.

Another one which is considered her masterpiece, which I haven’t read (it seems like a huge emotional investment), is Zankoku na kami ga shihai suru / A Cruel God Reigns. I’m pretty sure there’s a complete translation online.

My favorite work by her, on the other hand, is Gin no sansaku / Silver Triangle. It leans much more towards the science fiction end of things than the shojo manga end (it didn’t run in a manga magazine but in Japan’s SF Magazine), and has a reputation of being obscure and murky, but I really love it! It’s so dense and perfectly plotted and executed, it’s like a piece of art. If you’ve read A Drunken Dream, it’s a bit like the title story but expanding on the premise of “someone is playing back this exact moment in the history of the universe again and again in order to maybe fix something broken in the universe”. Really fascinating! I also really like her other sci-fi stories, like They Were 11 and Star Red. The other day I read a short story called Nise-o / Fake King which was also fantastic and left a huge impact on me.

I’m sure there’s loads more I have yet to read that’s also amazing, though. :)

What about Takemiya Keiko? (well, out of all 24-Gumi i only have read work from Hagio Moto and Takeimiya Keiko *embarrassed)

With Takemiya Keiko, I definitely have to say Kaze to ki no uta! It’s her life’s work, you know? And it has such a great ensemble of complex characters, a cutting-edge theme that she tackles heads on without as much as a wince, amazing art, a gripping plot, it’s just fantastic all around.

I’ve read a few of her longer works and quite a few short stories, and I think Hensokyoku / Variations has the most gorgeous art and, um, holds a sort of “moe” attraction for me, for the lack of a better word. Like how (female) fandom is mad about Free! these days? I read some of Takemiya’s work that way, they’re so full of amazing adorable pretty gorgeous male characters that make me go all ga-ga. She’s definitely my favorite 24 group writer when it comes to art and characters, I think she’s just amazing in those respects.

Towards the Terra is also a good series, and some of her sci-fi short stories, like the Eden 2185 series (about people living on board a huge spaceship heading for a far-off planet that will be colonized by their descendants), are also very good. I still have to read a lot of her recent work! I should really get to it.

Hagio and Takemiya are definitely the most famous of the group, so I don’t think there’s anything embarrassing about that! :D I only started to really enjoy Yamagishi Ryoko last year, and I’ve read Oshima Yumiko for a while but could never get into her… (now THAT is embarrassing *hides*)

"In biology I learned about fish and snails and such that changed sex, and at the time I was reading these biology books and idly thinking, “Oh, how interesting.” But ideas like that have been incorporated into science fiction here and there, and especially Ursula K. Le Guin wrote a book called The Left Hand of Darkness in which she explored races like that and their culture, and how their biology intertwines with their culture. The people living on that planet change their sex while growing up. Normally, they’re sort of neither sex. When I read that book, I thought it was so fascinating and was inspired by it. So I created a character who hadn’t differentiated into one sex yet, and had to choose whether they become male or female at puberty, and I had so much fun creating this character. The reason I had so much fun is, girls are put into boxes ever since they’re small, being told they must act like girls. And although there might be much more to their personalities than that, like climbing trees, being loud, running down hallways, things like that, girls don’t do any of those things. Girls like that will be categorized as tomboys, and while feeling incredibly impaired by that, there was still a part of me who thought, “No, I’m a girl so this is how I must act,” and was suppressing myself. But Frol from They Were Eleven! isn’t a boy or a girl yet, so no matter what they did, no one was going to tell them “But you’re a girl.” I wrote that character thinking “They’re so lucky,” and yearning to be like them."
Mosaic Rasen — Hagio Moto

Mosaic Rasen — Hagio Moto

Original publication order of The Clan of Poe by Hagio Moto

One thing that really annoys me whenever I try to read Poe no ichizoku / The Clan of Poe is, nearly all editions of the manga, including the most widely-available bunko edition from Shogakukan, don’t have the various stories in publication order. I suspect it’s because they want to include one long story in each volume, to balance things out, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying that something like Kotori no su / Bird’s Nest, which is a central work written only a year into the series’ publication, turns up in volume 3.

So I made a list of publication order for my own reference.