Enomoto: New Elements that Shake the World
|Enomoto: New Elements that Shake the World|
Cover of volume 1, showing the main characters Gosuke and Michiro Maeda
|Written by||Shunji Enomoto|
|Original run||1997 – 2003|
Enomoto: New Elements that Shake the World (えの素) is a manga written and drawn by Shunji Enomoto. It appeared in Kodansha's Weekly Morning from 1997 to 2003 and has been gathered into nine book collections. It is filled with extreme scatological and sexual humor on a gargantuan scale. The series centers on the exploits of the shameless and irresponsible salaryman Gosuke Maeda, his equally unhinged preadolescent son Michiro, and various depraved co-workers, including the obsessive voyeur and exhibitionist Tamura and the unsmiling closet dominatrix Kuzuhara.
- Volume 1 (ISBN 4-06-337343-6)
- Volume 2 (ISBN 4-06-337360-6)
- Volume 3 (ISBN 4-06-337380-0)
- Volume 4 (ISBN 4-06-337402-5)
- Volume 5 (ISBN 4-06-337427-0)
- Volume 6 (ISBN 4-06-337483-1)
- Volume 7 (ISBN 4-06-337511-0)
- Volume 8 (ISBN 4-06-337523-4)
- Volume 9 (ISBN 4-06-337529-3)
All volumes above published by Kodansha.
A tribute volume, Enomoto Tribute: Shunji Enomoto and Pleasant People (ISBN 4-06-372231-7), featuring interpretations of Enomoto's characters by other cartoonists (including Moebius), was released by MouRa in 2006.
The series has not been translated into English. Its main source of exposure among English-speaking audiences was an enthusiastic 2001 review by Highwater Books publisher Tom Devlin in The Comics Journal. Devlin marveled at Enomoto's ability to "make innovative comics that are almost entirely concerned with bodily functions," and suggested that it was "entirely unnecessary" to know what the characters were saying to appreciate the series: "Just imagine that every time someone opens their mouth, they scream 'Aaaaaaaaaaaaah!'." Enomoto: New Elements that Shake the World has also been praised by the alternative comics creators Tom Hart and James Kochalka.
- A site devoted to the series and its creator [Japanese language]
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