Baoh Volume 2

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Demon Walken (魔人ウォーケン, Majin Wōken) is the second volume of the manga series, Baoh the Visitor.

Summary

Ikuro Hashizawa and Sumire are still on the run, but Dress' assassins are becoming more ruthless and powerful. Will Ikuro be able to master his power and the savagery that reside inside him in time ?

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Author's Note

Link to this sectionAuthor's Note
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I love almond-shaped eyes; they feel mysterious with an intense ghostly air and loneliness to them.

The eyes of Sting (the musician), Madonna, Nastassja Kinski, Joe Asakura, and Kamui are full of mystery and that's why I love them. They're all very attractive!

...With that in mind, please enjoy volume two of Baoh the Visitor. Ikuro's eyes are also full of loneliness...
ぼくは吊りあがった目が大好きで、謎と熱い妖気と孤独を感じます。

スティング(ミュージシャン)、マドンナ、ナスターシャ・キンスキー、ガッチャマンのジョー、カムイらの目は特に謎めいていて、大好きです。みんなカッコイイ!

……と、あこがれて『バオー来訪者』第2巻をお楽しみください。育朗の目も孤独でいっぱいです……。

週刊少年ジャンプ・S60 年1・2 号~

11号掲載分収録

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I have been reading this unusually-powerful story with my undivided attention since its serialization in Shonen Jump. I appreciated that the artist didn't hold back in his drawings or in the storyline. Perhaps this is because what the author has been waiting to do for years boiled over all at once in this work.

If the persuasive power of a novel comes from its style, the persuasive power of a manga comes from its drawings. It's all about what kind of pictures you can present before the reader's eyes. The persuasiveness of those drawings is the persuasiveness of the manga itself. The small details fade away.

In that regard, when I laid eyes on the drawing of the Baoh parasite, I was struck by its eeriness—in other words, its persuasive power. When the reader is presented with such a drawing, they simply have to trust the author. Masaki Yamada once wrote that "science fiction is description," and I believe that manga is a form of description as well.

A sequel to this story will undoubtedly have to be drawn before long.
この異様な迫力を持った物語を、ぼくは少年ジャンプ連載時から注目して読んでいた。絵柄もストーリーも遠慮がないのがよかった。おそらくは、この作者が何年もあたためていたものが、この作品でいちどに噴き出したからであるう。

小説の説得力が"文体"によって生まれるのなら、漫画の説得力は"絵"であると思う。どのような"絵"を読者の目の前に差し出せるかである。その"絵"の説得力が、そのまま、その漫画の持つ説得力になる。小さな理屈はどこかに消えてしまう。

そういう意味で、寄生虫であるバオーの"絵"を見た時、その不気味さ、つまり説得力にぼくはうなってしまった。このような"絵"を見せられれば、読者はその作家信用してしまうのである。「SFは描写だ」と、山田正紀氏(SF作家)が何かに書いていたが、漫画も描写であるとぼくは思う。

この物語の続編は、やがて必ず描かれねばならないものであろう。

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