the brilliance of the early works of Tatsuki Fujimoto

Two humans disguised as chickens try to survive in a school invaded by alien cannibals. The young Sasaki, in love with his teacher, is willing to do anything to prevent the terrorist who infiltrated the class from harming his beloved. On the eve of graduating from high school, a young man finally decides to confess his feelings to his crush, but before he can finish the sentence, a stranger pulls out a knife to pick their pockets!

What if the only person capable of understanding the cheerful assassin Shikaku was an immortal vampire terribly jaded with existence? The banality of everyday life is mixed with supernatural beings and the future of humanity in these stories that are always as dramatic as they are burlesque. The characters take their first steps with emotions and love confusion while disasters accumulate in their wake.

The paranormal atmospheres, a slight uneasiness that rises over the pages and that heralds future turns, the wise mixture of romantic attraction, humor and violence, we can already glimpse what will be the heart of Fujimoto’s work. Without a doubt, the genius is already there.

We devour each page and it is a pleasure to see the line assert itself and the graphic style of the master impose itself more and more from one story to another. From Two hens in the background of the garden. for shikaku, we see a crazy evolution both in the drawing of the characters and in the strength of the narrative. The composition and framing of the boxes are also becoming more and more ambitious. Each of the stories becomes as moving as it is memorable.

We laugh, we get excited and we want more. Once again, Sébastien Ludmann does a wonderful job of translating Fujimoto’s texts and relaying them to us without losing any of his original bite.

As a bonus, this collection is an opportunity to learn a little more about the rarely revealed author’s state of mind. He wrote a short commentary after each story and an epilogue in which he confided his doubts about artistic creation.

Laughter, excitement, changes of situation, disasters… It’s a roller coaster that awaits you while you read these little gems of stories. And it’s not over! In June, the continuation and finale of Fujimoto’s early work is published, the anthology 22-26, which includes four other unpublished stories that may annoy you even more.

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