Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi

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Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi
Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi.jpg
Cover of the tenth volume
日出処の天子
Genre Supernatural, Historical
Manga
Written by Ryoko Yamagishi
Published by Hakusensha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine LaLa
Original run 19801984
Volumes 11
Anime and Manga portal

Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi (Japanese: 日出処の天子?, "Emperor of the Land of the Rising Sun"[1]) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Ryoko Yamagishi. It tells a fictionalised account of Prince Shōtoku, a political figure of sixth-century Japan who spread Buddhism, and his unrequited love for Soga no Emishi,[1] which is very unlike the traditionally known stories of these people.[2] It was serialized in Hakusensha's LaLa from 1980 to 1984. The individual chapters were published in 11 tankōbon under the Hana to Yume Comics imprint, which were released between 1981 and 1984.[3][4] Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi received the 1983 Kodansha Manga Award for the shōjo category.[5]

Manga[edit]

Hakusensha released the manga's 11 tankōbon between 1981 and 1984.[3][4] The manga was re-released into 8 tankōbon, which were released between March and October 1986 by Kadokawa Shoten.[6][7] The manga was re-released into 7 bunkobons, all released on March 17, 1994.[8]

Reception[edit]

Frederik Schodt described Yamagishi's portrayal of Prince Shōtoku as being "a scheming, cross-dressing homosexual with psychic powers".[1] According to Schodt, Yamagishi's innovation was not in writing a manga with homosexual themes, but in taking Prince Shōtoku, a revered figure in Japan who until recently was featured on the 10,000 yen bank note,[9] and portraying him as homosexual and cross-dressing.[1] Schodt notes that the period is "ideal" for shōjo manga, as the relationships shown are highly complex, and the costumes are exotic.[1] In a pivotal scene, a Shinto miko's ritual to bring rain in the middle of a drought fails, as Prince Shōtoku said it would.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Schodt, Frederik L. (1996). Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. pp. 182–186. ISBN 978-1-880656-23-5. 
  2. ^ Girls' Stuff, January (?) 94
  3. ^ a b "日出処の天子〈第1巻〉 (1981年) (花とゆめcomics) [古書] (-)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  4. ^ a b "日出処の天子 (第11巻) (花とゆめCOMICS) [新書] (-)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  5. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  6. ^ 日出処の天子 (1) (あすかコミックス·スペシャル―山岸凉子全集) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  7. ^ 日出処の天子 (8) (あすかコミックス·スペシャル―山岸凉子全集) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  8. ^ 日出処の天子 (第1巻) (白泉社文庫) 文庫 (in Japanese). Hakusensha. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
    日出処の天子 (第2巻) (白泉社文庫) 文庫 (in Japanese). Hakusensha. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
    日出処の天子 (第3巻) (白泉社文庫) 文庫 (in Japanese). Hakusensha. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
    日出処の天子 (第4巻) (白泉社文庫) 文庫 (in Japanese). Hakusensha. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
    日出処の天子 (第5巻) (白泉社文庫) 文庫 (in Japanese). Hakusensha. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
    日出処の天子 (第6巻) (白泉社文庫) 文庫 (in Japanese). Hakusensha. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
    日出処の天子 (第7巻) (白泉社文庫) 文庫 (in Japanese). Hakusensha. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  9. ^ "Portraits on Bank of Japan Notes" (PDF). Bank of Japan. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Masanao Amano, Julius Wiedemann (2004) Manga Design
  • Helen McCarthy (2006) 500 Manga heroes & villains

External links[edit]