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The Case Records of Professor Munakata


Alt Names: alt Munakata Kyouju Ikouroku
Author: Hoshino Yukinobu
Artist: Hoshino Yukinobu
Genres: Drama DramaHistorical HistoricalMystery MysterySeinen SeinenSlice of Life Slice of Life
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: From all around the world come many legends and beliefs; professor Munakata, an authority on the study of folklore, reveals the invisible historical facts hidden behind the myths. This story is brightly depicted, the main character using keen reasoning and a deep insight to solve one mystery after another.

Prequel: http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/the-legendary-musings-of-professor-munakata-r11095
Spin-off: http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/kamunabi-r17392
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The following content is intended for mature audiences and may contain sexual themes, gore, violence and/or strong language. Discretion is advised.


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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.10 Ch.30: Hands of the Little Ones
Hokuto no Gun KidCongo 2 weeks ago
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38 Comments

that face though 

Spoiler

That is a very contrary religion, basing itself on a premise that explicitly denies the transcendent so it can achieve an earthly goal...

 

Well, I guess it's no different from Positivist Church...

90 pages?? Is it suppose to be 2 chapter?

Anyone else notice that Munakata entered a cave in this latest chapter, and DIDN'T get trapped inside?

Like Detective Conan, where ever Munakata goes, disaster awaits.

So... when do they hit it off? The tension maaaan... :P

I really loved the eight students destroying the plots of the crooked scumbag bureaucrats.  I've noticed through both of the Professor Munakata series that the enemy is often a greedy slob in a powerful position who feels that he can do or say anything and get away with it.  Sounds just like the modern world!

Another chapter with group of villagers trying to murder Munakata and companions, and afterwards getting off scot-free.

In the most recent chapter (20), page 54, the text of the first narration box is repeated in the second.  Is there a possibility of getting a v2 with the fixed text?

 

EDIT:  ...and we got it!  Thanks, Hokuto no Gun and KidCongo!

That's not how you eat an orange, Munkata. That's not how it works at all.

 

Japanese mikan orange can be eaten whole like that. I've tried doing it myself and surprisingly the skin is okay to eat. Chinese mini-mandarins are also usually eaten whole, but they're tiny. A better way of doing it is by boiling the oranges first.

That's not how you eat an orange, Munkata. That's not how it works at all.

Apparently Munakata being romantic counts as a meteor summoning spell.

Munakata should really stop going on trips with people unless they've signed a form of consent that they may possibly die.

I've noticed that a recurring theme in Hoshino Sensei's works is that of clans still holding centuries old grudges.  Seeing the tribalism that still infects people in nearly every clime and place, it makes sense.  The mentality that lead to the burning of the manuscript (shades of the Library at Alexandria or the recent destruction of the literary treasures of Timbuktu) sure does make it difficult for scholars.


Japanese clannism is very unlike cultural tribalism everywhere else. Like this manga shows, modern Japanese clans are actually descended from ancient tribes that got themselves forcibly incorporated into the imperial Yamato culture. The resulting Japanese culture and traditions we see today are a mixture of these tribal traditions overlaid and codified upon the supposedly homogeneous traditions of the Kojiki. The modern-day conflicts between ancient clans are largely played out in petty ways rather than the dramatic grand gestures shown in Munakata, refusing to intermarry or cooperate in business, for example.

The one thing that makes Japanese clannism most unique is the idea of imperial proximity, which is a subtly hidden context in all of Munakata and which Hoshino-sensei himself seems to be unaware of because he himself is Japanese. It is an extension of the "soto-uchi" mentality of Japanese psychology; of wanting to become a part of the greater whole where prestige is gained by greater contribution to that whole. They want to feel that they are "inside" the group and that they are "insiders" in the sense of being important members of society in close proximity to the imperial core. It's the same sense of "insider" we tend to mean when comparing "outsider" and "insider" politicians, except that in the world of the clans being the insider is very much preferred. What the clans are fighting over is really which clan has had the greatest influence on imperial traditions, and by extension national culture.

The Hayato are not trying to recover their lost traditions the way Native Americans are painstakingly trying to reconstruct theirs. They are not trying to claim cultural independence from the greater Japanese whole. Instead, they are trying to prove that the quintessentially Japanese fairy tales of Kaguyahime and Urashimatarou were THEIRS, stolen by the Inbe. The point of the exercise is to say that it was they and not the Inbe who created that element for the modern Japanese culture. The pride lies in contribution to the culture, not independence from it.

In that sense also, the burning of the book is a gesture of PEACE, unlike the book burnings or cultural destruction we are familiar with. The Hayato burned the book to reclaim their heritage and prestige as contributors of Japanese tradition, allowing them to become true "insiders". The Inbe allowed the burning to abolish their sins and end the grudge - or at least that one part of the grudge. It was enough that only representatives of the old clans knew about it, because it was respect from the other clans that each clan really wants.

I've noticed that a recurring theme in Hoshino Sensei's works is that of clans still holding centuries old grudges.  Seeing the tribalism that still infects people in nearly every clime and place, it makes sense.  The mentality that lead to the burning of the manuscript (shades of the Library at Alexandria or the recent destruction of the literary treasures of Timbuktu) sure does make it difficult for scholars.

I'm glad it was a short chapter. God, that was painful to read, insects everywhere.

Brrrrrrrrrr...

Don't you know it! In other series, this is a large-ish chapter at 24 pages, but compared to the 96-page monsters that Hoshino-sensei turns out (and Hokuto no Gun subsequently translates), it's practically a 4-koma...

I'm glad it was a short chapter. God, that was painful to read, insects everywhere.

Brrrrrrrrrr...

Thankyou to Hokuto no Gun for translating but on page 74

http://bato.to/reader#990a4aaa97ae7fb9_74

"who have administered rituals in the Imperial Court since iniquity"

Did you mean "antiquity" here? http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iniquity

 

Probably. Everybody makes mistkakes (and I confess to often translating in a sleep-deprived state). Those responsible have been sacked, and those responsible for sacking those responsible have also been sacked.

(In all seriousness, my mind must have combined "antiquity" with "time immemorial" and put out "iniquity". I do know what words mean, it's just that my brain occasionally garbles them just to mess with me.)

Thankyou to Hokuto no Gun for translating but on page 74

http://bato.to/reader#990a4aaa97ae7fb9_74

"who have administered rituals in the Imperial Court since iniquity"

Did you mean "antiquity" here? http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iniquity

So, is the fellow's name Ki-no-Narimichi or Ki-no-Michinari?

I like how ANYONE can look at Taki's little drawing and recognize Munakata instantly.

Creepy chapter, with the unshaded scholars.  I was actually surprised Hoshino-sensei hung a lampshade on it by having them become shaded at the end, when they left Izumo.  They really did look like a bunch of ghosts, except for Munakata and Imibe.

Hells yeah! I KNEW they'd hook up eventually. Just surprised that the manga actually ships them exactly the way I have since Kana showed up.

Damn so it's 7 years since the prequel and Munakata doesn't look like he aged a bit.


Ash has been ten since the 90s. A mere segen years is nothing.

Munakata's confounded face is priceless! Poor Taki...


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