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Which "Gurume" Manga would you like to see translated?

  • cgfan Aug 1, 2010 12:25 AM
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Which "Gurume" Manga would you like to see translated? (Wherein "Gurume" Manga is the genre of Japanese Gourmet Manga (graphic novel), where the story lines and characters inevitably revolves (obsessively) around food.

As for me I'd like to see "Oishimbo" translated, and thoroughly believe that it can find a sizable, if not huge, audience amongst the Foodie and culinary set.

The level of detail in the very fundamentals seems to be a constant throughout most Japanese how-to books, cookbooks being no exception. This same attention to detail asserts itself throughout the Oishimbo series, and it'd be a shame for such a store of knowledge to be locked away in Japanese-only volumes. There must be nearly 100 issues of Oishimbo published, each issue covering several culinary topics.

Of particular interest to Foodies is the Oishimbo "A la Carte" series, which collects various Oishimbo installations surrounding a unifying theme under a single cover. As an example of this and of the depths of the exploration, one such "A la Carte" volume is about Mizu (water). Yes, water! Throughout this issue it highlights the importance of water in various cuisines, such as Tofu, Sake, Drip Coffee, and Soba, amongst others.

So what "Gurume" Manga would you like to see translated into English?

...and what "Gurume" Manga have you seen that has already been translated? (I only know of "Yakitatte Japan!", about a skilled and gifted youthful baker whose dream is to convince Japanese that bread can be as delicious a basic starch as their daily "Gohan" (rice).

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    1. re: cgfan

      This past weekend at the Palo Alto Obon festival, I bought the izakaya volume of Oishinbo from the book stall there. I'm looking forward to reading it, and maybe picking up more of the series.

      http://www.viz.com/products/products....

      1. re: Debbie M

        Debbie M: Wow, what a great lead! I've always wondered when Viz would take on translating Oishinbo. Sounds like they're essentially translations of the previously-mentioned (and excellent) "A la Carte" series, which are thematically grouped compilations of past issues.

        Wonderful!

        For those wondering, here are the 100+ page volumes available so far:

        * Oishinbo: Japanese Cuisine (January 2009; A la carte volume 20)
        * Oishinbo: Sake (March 2009; A la carte volume 26)
        * Oishinbo: Ramen & Gyôza (May 2009; A la carte volume 2)
        * Oishinbo: Fish, Sushi & Sashimi (July 2009; A la carte volume 5)
        * Oishinbo: Vegetables (September 2009; A la carte volume 19)
        * Oishinbo: The Joy of Rice (November 2009; A la carte volume 13)
        * Oishinbo: Izakaya: Pub Food (January 2010; A la carte volume 12)

        1. re: cgfan

          Neat! I cannot wait to check these out.

          1. re: blacvulture

            Looks like a customer reviewer has detailed the chapters for many of the volumes in the series... What follows is taken from his reviews, extracted from Viz Media's website:

            * Oishinbo: Japanese Cuisine (January 2009; A la carte volume 20)

            * Oishinbo: Sake (March 2009; A la carte volume 26)
            1. FIRST FLIGHT - THE VERSATILITY OF SAKE
            2. SECOND FLIGHT - KUSU
            3. THIRD FLIGHT - LOVE OF THE NEW
            4. FOURTH FLIGHT - A CHAMPAGNE TRAGEDY
            5. AUTHOR COMMENTARY
            6. FIFTH FLIGHT - THE POWER OF SAKE PART (ONE)
            7. FIFTH FLIGHT - THE POWER OF SAKE PART (TWO)
            8. FIFTH FLIGHT - THE POWER OF SAKE PART (THREE)
            9. FIFTH FLIGHT - THE POWER OF SAKE PART (FOUR)
            10. FIFTH FLIGHT - THE POWER OF SAKE PART (FIVE)
            11. FIFTH FLIGHT - THE POWER OF SAKE PART (SIX)
            12. SIXTH FLIGHT - A NEW START
            13. NOTES ON THE TEXT

            * Oishinbo: Ramen & Gyôza (May 2009; A la carte volume 2)
            1. FIRST COURSE - THE SOUL OF RAMEN
            2. SECOND COURSE - FRENCH FOOD AND RAMEN RICE
            3. THIRD COURSE - SOUP AND NOODLES
            4. THIRD COURSE - SOUP AND NOODLES PART TWO
            5. THIRD COURSE - SOUP AND NOODLES PART THREE
            6. FOURTH COURSE - BATTLE! VILLAGE REVIVAL (PART ONE)
            7. FOURTH COURSE - BATTLE! VILLAGE REVIVAL (PART TWO)
            8. FIFTH COURSE - A NEW GYOZA (PART ONE)
            9. FIFTH COURSE - A NEW GYOZA (PART TWO)
            10. FIFTH COURSE - A NEW GYOZA (PART THREE)
            11. SIXTH COURSE - CHINESE FOOD AND CHINA

            * Oishinbo: Fish, Sushi & Sashimi (July 2009; A la carte volume 5)
            1. FIRST COURSE - LIVE FISH
            2. SECOND COURSE - THE RARE FISH
            3. THIRD COURSE - HOME OF THE SWEETFISH
            4. FOURTH COURSE - AN INTERESTING KARAAGE
            5. FIFTH COURSE - AN ILL-FLAVORED FISH
            6. SIXTH COURSE - RIGHT EYED FLOUNDER AND LEFT-EYED FLOUNDER
            7. SEVENTH COURSE - SALMON MATCH (PART ONE)
            8. SEVENTH COURSE - SALMON MATCH (PART TWO)
            9. SEVENTH COURSE - SALMON MATCH (PART THREE)
            10. EIGHTH COURSE - PLAYING AROUND WITH FOOD (PART ONE)
            11. EIGHTH COURSE - PLAYING AROUND WITH FOOD (PART TWO)

            * Oishinbo: Vegetables (September 2009; A la carte volume 19)
            1. Recipe: Asparagus with Walnut Dressing and Asparagus Grilled Kobayaki-style
            2. FIRST COURSE - Vegetable Showdown! (Part One)
            3. FIRST COURSE - Vegetable Showdown! (Part Two)
            4. FIRST COURSE - Vegetable Showdown! (Part Three)
            5. SECOND COURSE - The Joy of a New Potato
            6. Oishinbo Day-by-Day
            7. THIRD COURSE - The Bean Sprout Kid
            8. FOURTH COURSE - Good Eggplant, Bad Eggplant
            9. FIFTH COURSE - The Story of Vegetables, Now and Then
            10. SIXTH COURSE - The Breath of Spring
            11. SEVENTH COURSE - A Suprising Taste (Part One)
            12. SEVENTH COURSE - A Suprising Taste (Part Two)
            13. EIGHTH COURSE - The Taste of Chicken, The Taste of Carrots

            * Oishinbo: The Joy of Rice (November 2009; A la carte volume 13)

            * Oishinbo: Izakaya: Pub Food (January 2010; A la carte volume 12)

    2. It's been quite sometime since I finished all of the Oishinbo A la Carte books released by Viz., which were excellent I might add. Sadly, it looks like new translated books aren't in the works. Besides Yakitate!! Japan, are there any other gurume manga that have been translated into English at this time?