Blue Fighter J. Taniguchi, and C. Marley | Review


Published on Feb 21, 2018


Ao no Senshi (warrior blue) tells the story of Reggie, a boxer alcoholic who has to his credit 32 games, 12 victories, 20 defeats, and all, both the victories and the defeats, occurred for K. O... hence the nickname, “King of defeat“... at The Korakuen Hall in Tokyo Reggae faces his umpteenth opponent. Among the public, there is also a certain Angel, an american who immediately notice the destructive force of impressive Reggae and the want to engage for it to become a great champion in the boxing world.

February 11, 2017 was extinguished, the master Jiro Taniguchi, a manga artist, that has widened the audience of readers of the manga, at least in Europe, thanks to its stretch so close to the european taste, especially in the French school. Now J-Pop offers us one of the works, if not chronologically, at least stylistically, almost to the onset of the author, the Blue Fighter, born from the collaboration with Caribu Marley, a writer famous in Italy for Old Boy, also published by J-Pop, but in this last case, written with the pseudonym of Tsuchiya Garon. Unfortunately, it is the master who has just left, making it even more of importance is the publication of this manga.

The Blue Fighter is at first sight a comic book on the sport of boxing, but it is actually the story of a man who is destined to self-destruction (as in Hotel Harbour View, more and Taniguchi). Reggie, in fact, never speaks (except a few sentences in the final), the only thing you can do is fight when he climbs in the ring and drinking. All the rest seems not to interest you, much less the career that seems to be waiting for him thanks to a lucky encounter with D'angelo. Her life seems to be a prey to the events of those around him. However, in the past, Reggie there are some interesting stories that seem to enrich the character; it's a pity that these stories are never in depth, but only briefly described; which is a shame, because it would have made the boxer a lot more interesting than it might seem to an average reader. In spite of a protagonist who seems not to be the protagonist, however, the outline of some of the supporting characters shines, as, for example, D'angelo, which is well described both in the relationship with Reggie is in that one with the wife and rich father-in-law. However, it is not empatizza with the characters, which remain as actors in the background, without that the reader develop a sense of participation in the history; this may be a parallel with murder in German jurisprudence Tokioit, a work designed by Taniguchi and written by the French Alain Saumon.

Interesting, however, the idea of accompanying the volume with a soundtrack chosen by the author, ranging from blues to jazz.

From the point of view of design we are still far from the refined graphics that Taniguchi had we used, rinvenendosi in this work, still the influences of the novel black american, influences that we find in the Rind!3, the Open City and, especially, the stories of the 1986 collected in Hotel Harbour View (published in Italy by Panini with the new title Tokyo Killers); but not to exclude an influence of the gekiga japanese, where the master was concerned, starting from the end of the Sixties. Despite the attention to detail that is found even in this work, it is worth noting that in each case what is lacking are the themes that made him famous: for example, nature is still here at the center, as well as the world of animals has not been taken of such importance that it is later recognized.

As in the works above, we find the influences of the literature of the pulp american, that She can carry with great effect on paper thanks to a masterly use of black and suddenly dirty, as said, far away from the cleaning of the later works. The plates, far from the quiet of maturity, are loaded with a continuous action and, often, messy; it is clear that disorderly is the action, but not the table, that reflects a perfect construction, from cutting the film.

The edition J-Pop contains the whole work in one volume with pages larger than normal. The volume is a column with a jacket. Unfortunately, there are not extra or in-depth articles. Even the good care of the volume, having found only two typos.




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