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  • Series: Short Cuts (Viz) (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (September 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591160693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591160694
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By animate ~ on August 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Strangely, Amazon lists Volume One in its search, but has no page for it as you're linked direcly to Vol. 2.

Each of Furuya's "Cuts" is one to two pages long and focuses mostly on the ko-gal culture of Japan. For those who don't know - superficial teenage school girls. Furuya has such a pension for mocking this that you can see both the love and hatred directed at his own country. Some of the cuts feature young girls being worshiped as large, stone carvings in Buddhist temples; another places an advertisement for a drink that will turn anyone into a ko-gal within three months. The following strips are VERY funny. Furuya's strips are an omnibus of pop culture covering everything from Miyazaki films, Yamataka Eye, perverted Oyaji, Aphex Twin, Makoto-chan, and many others. Naming them all would take away some of the magic and the magic is spun in different ways; some of the strips are very grotesque, and adult-only while others (though they are few), such as the story of Zero Boy, that are actually touching. This guy has the ability to gross you out, make you laugh at your own optic illusions and have your heart swelter with emotion all within a few one-page comic strips.

Some of the strips have a subtitle and plot of their own, such as the ABC's of S&M, a kinky little show hosted by one of Furuya's own imaginary bunnies, which appear quite frequently and are the equivalent to Tezuka's Hyoutan-Tsugi (in a way). And let's not forget detective Panty-Flash! Female rookie at a police station where everyone is given names based on their (expected) behavior. As you can guess, this leads to some perverted and often funny moments.

As expressed, this comic has pretty much everything I want in an underground comix. So why the four stars?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Scalet on February 18, 2013
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this is what most would called a strange sense of humor...and that's why I loved it! althought this wasn't pusblish in an underground magazine as other furuya works his unusual personality is still here,this is an author that is not afraid to show what's inside his bizare perverted mind...but it's not all comedy,a lot of this short cuts have a deeper effect other than to make us laught.
the drawings like in all his series are excellent and,what most attracted me to him,very different from most manga out there.

the only cons are that some jokes are purely meant for a japanese reder that no translation will be able to change that,BUT at the end of the volume there is a very helpful explanation side for each cut that had this issue so don't disspear.
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This is a funny manga with no real continuing storyline, just a bunch of gag comics. Funny stuff about Ko-gals. :) It's different from other Japanese comics because it doesn't have an overarching story; it's more like individual skits, and it was quite hilarious. There's a lot of jokes about sex in these comics, like one about a new computer that is shaped like a robot, and its "turn-on" switch looks suspiciously like a penis . . . and when a girl has trouble turning hers on but the (male) teacher manages fine, it is discovered that her computer is gay. Haha.
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