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Dream Fossil is a collection of 15 short stories by the late Satoshi Kon These stories serialized in a variety of magazines in the 1980's give a rare glimps. Satoshi Kon 1963 2010 was an acclaimed anime director making a handful of movies including Paprika and one television series Paranoia Agent His themes of confusion of dreams and reality and madness lying just below the surface of society made his works fascinating He also spent some time as a manga creator creating several stories in the 1980s before going into anime full time as an assistant to Katsuhiro Otomo Akira This volume collects his short worksThe lead story is Carve After a war polluted the old places of habitation most of humanity moved to The City a haven of high technology However when a minority of humans started developing psychic powers they were kicked out of The City and scrape by in the now less toxic old cities Sculptor Kei and his female friendmodel Ann notice that Specials are starting to disappear from their neighborhood Are The City people up to somethingThe fifteen stories cover a range of genres There s a couple of baseball stories some slice of life a samurai thriller and some speculative fiction The characters tend towards the realistic even if the circumstances are often bizarreOne standout is Kidnappers about a car thief who discovers that he has a small child in the back seat He wants to get the kid back to the parents but doesn t want to go to jail for swiping the vehicle and the actual kidnapper is after him too The main character is well drawn as a bad person but one that doesn t want to be that badThere s also Waira the samurai thriller I mentioned A feudal warlord has been betrayed by his vassalbrother in law his troops massacred and now he and a handful of surviving followers are fleeing through a mountain forest in the middle of the night The brother in law and his troops pursue but their guides warn them that the mountain is haunted by a murderous creature named Waira Who will survive The nature of Waira comes as a bit of a surprise it s so out of place that it might as well be supernaturalI can really spot the Otomo influence in several of these stories The art and writing are decent but Kon doesn t sparkle here the way he does in his animation work A couple of the stories are photocopied from magazine appearances as the original art is lost this affects the print ualityThe last story in the volume is Kon s debut work a two parter titled Toriko prisoner It s very YA dystopia Yuichi a teenager lives in a future society ruled by implacable robot police and in which you must have your identity card ready at all times for any transactions or even just walking down the street at the wrong time When he and his friends break curfew they are remanded to The Center for rehab to become productive citizens Good thing Yuichi managed to snag a weapon Downer ending depending on your point of viewIn addition to a few color pages there s also an interview with Susumu Hirawara a composer who worked with Satoshi Kon on musical scores for the anime projects One last film Dreaming Machine is being slowly finishedThe intended audience varies a couple would be suitable for young readers but overall this anthology seems to be seinin young men s Several of the stories have lethal violence there s some nudity underaged drinking and smoking and one story has an attempted rapeFans of Satoshi Kon s other work will want to own this anthology others will be better served by checking it out via library loan The Black Ice Score (Parker, ualityThe last story in the volume is Kon s debut work a two parter titled Toriko prisoner It s very YA dystopia Yuichi a teenager lives in a future society ruled by implacable robot police and in which you must have your identity card ready at all times for any transactions or even just walking down the street at the wrong time When he and his friends break curfew they are remanded to The Center for rehab to become productive citizens Good thing Yuichi managed to snag a weapon Downer ending depending on your point of viewIn addition to a few color pages there s also an interview with Susumu Hirawara a composer who worked with Satoshi Kon on musical scores for the anime projects One last film Dreaming Machine is being slowly finishedThe intended audience varies a couple would be suitable for young readers but overall this anthology seems to be seinin young men s Several of the stories have lethal violence there s some nudity The Black Painting underaged drinking and smoking and one story has an attempted rapeFans of Satoshi Kon s other work will want to own this anthology others will be better served by checking it out via library loan

Summary Dream Fossil

Dream Fossil

Later animated works are also readily apparent Yet the flights of fancy are anchored by knowing empathetic portrayals of the very human nature of each stor. I wanted to love this collection so badly but I was sorely disappointed by it I m a casual fan of Kon s I absolutely loved Perfect Blue as well as Opus but I still haven t seen all of his films and much like this one his manga Tropic of the Sea left much to be desired Looking at the cover of this collection and the name underneath the title I couldn t help but get excited however I did not enjoy this mangaI found myself having a lot of the same issues as I had with Tropic of the Sea as I read it the paneling and poor character design made it incredibly difficult to follow and I was often left confused and frustrated as I read Also the speech bubbles are rather vague so it can be hard to tell which character should be speaking when Overall it made for a rather unpleasant reading experience Not to mention the stories Oh boy the stories They weren t all bad for the most part in fact I enjoyed a handful of them Kidnappers Guests Joyful Bell and Toriko were my favorites but they didn t blend well together at all and some had plots so startlingly mundane that I had to go back and reread them to make sure I hadn t missed something important Almost all of these stories read like plotless flash fiction which after coming from the brilliance of Opus and Perfect Blue is incredibly upsettingI d hoped for Engendering Song underneath the title I couldn t help but get excited however I did not enjoy this mangaI found myself having a lot of the same issues as I had with Tropic of the Sea as I read it the paneling and poor character design made it incredibly difficult to follow and I was often left confused and frustrated as I read Also the speech bubbles are rather vague so it can be hard to tell which character should be speaking when Overall it made for a rather Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide unpleasant reading experience Not to mention the stories Oh boy the stories They weren t all bad for the most part in fact I enjoyed a handful of them Kidnappers Guests Joyful Bell and Toriko were my favorites but they didn t blend well together at all and some had plots so startlingly mundane that I had to go back and reread them to make sure I hadn t missed something important Almost all of these stories read like plotless flash fiction which after coming from the brilliance of Opus and Perfect Blue is incredibly The White Nights of Ramadan upsettingI d hoped for

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E into the early stages of Kon's uniuely compelling style of storytelling The buds of dream like themes and imaginative worldviews that would blossom in his. final rating of the collection 35 rated a 4 with hopes that raising the score will convince people to read the late Kon s work even if it isn t his bestI don t think it s worth wasting my breath on the stories I wasn t fond of like most of Kon s work Dream Fossil mixes slice of life magical realism sci fi humor and an attempt at sincerity through interesting stories there aren t any in this collection that are real stand outs against his films but as a means to an introduction into Kon s style they re filled with whimsy and interesting takes on relatively mundane narratives as a reader and a viewer of his works you can see the transference and microgenres that Kon implements into his films being born between the 500 pages of Dream Fossil His work on Akira definitely shows in a few of the stories especially Picnic which seems to be in direct relation to Akira and the last two Toriko Prisoner which feel like an abstract of where the universe built in Akira could bring us some of the real stand outs in this collection are Joyful Bell which feels like a predecessor to his work Tokyo Godfathers Day has Dawned a short and fun work on childhood anxiety and combating that with friends and Guests which masterfully uses pages to create tension and humor for the reader while they aren t masterful or even incredibly memorable they really show off some of Kon s skills as both an editor and his transferable skills that reads much better on filmmy only real disappointment is that Kon s artwork never evolved past the mid 80 s Akira art style he manages to syphon out a few environmental details and pieces of background sets that are really a pleasure to look at but it s obvious that Kon utilized manga as a means for thematic and narrative story telling Dream Fossil is worth a read considering it s a relatively short read if you re interested in manga anime or comics or are even considering understanding how one of the best directors of the 21st century managed to edit and write his work outside of film Dream Fossil is a doorway into another world


10 thoughts on “Dream Fossil

  1. says:

    I wanted to like this I really did I love Satoshi Kon and some of his manga work such as Tropic of the Sea are legitimately wonderful But Dream Fossil is some of his earliest work from the 80s before he really matured as a storyteller The art is satisfactory and serviceable with some legitimately great moments but the storytelling is rushed and page layouts are cramped It's as though he's trying to cram as m

  2. says:

    Satoshi Kon 1963 2010 was an acclaimed anime director making a handful of movies including Paprika and one television series Paranoia Agent His themes of confusion of dreams and reality and madness lying just below the surface of society made his works fascinating He also spent some time as a manga creator creating severa

  3. says:

    Love Satoshi Kon's movies which made this a particicularly unsatisfying read Only 3 of the 15 stories held my attention Glad to see how much a storyteller can evolve over time though and appreciated insight into his evolving artistry and comedic timing His manga work relies a lot on tropes common to the medium and I was surprised by how unoriginal the majority of these stories were A title as cool as 'Dream Fossil' des

  4. says:

    While there's no doubt Kon succeeded as a visual artist and a filmmaker it's clear that seuential art wasn't suite

  5. says:

    Skip this you'll be disappointed

  6. says:

    final rating of the collection 35 rated a 4 with hopes that raising the score will convince people to read the late Kon's work even if it isn

  7. says:

    I wanted to love this collection so badly but I was sorely disappointed by it I’m a casual fan of Kon’s I absolutely loved Perfect Blue as well as Opus but I still haven’t seen all of his films and much like this one his manga Tropic of the Sea left much to be desired Looking at the cover of this collection and the

  8. says:

    this was really neat to read after growing up with Kon's films Paprika Perfect Blue Tokyo Godfathers and my favorite Millennium Actress some of these short stories really could have been something a film even I think the best thing about Dream Fossil is that each of these stories is distinctly Japanesewhich I know probably sounds odd considering a Japanese person drewwrote Dream Fossil however it's the manne

  9. says:

    I can only agree with what others have said reasonably competent short often humourous seuential art stories Pleasent enough for what they are but there's little here to hint at the sheer brilliance of this young mangaka that would characterise his Animé The last panel of the one with the runaway granny did get a good la

  10. says:

    Carve Horseplay Baseball Brats Summer of Anxiety Focus Day has Dawned Kidnappers Guests Waira Picnic Beyond the Sun Joyful Bell The Desert Dolphin The Adventures of Master Basho Toriko Prisoner Part 1 Toriko Prisoner Part 2 Satoshi

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