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The Legendary Musings of Professor Munakata


Alt Names: alt Munakata Kyōju Denkikōalt Munakata Kyouju Denkikou
Author: HOSHINO Yukinobu
Artist: HOSHINO Yukinobu
Genres: Fantasy FantasyHistorical HistoricalSeinen SeinenSupernatural Supernatural
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Complete
Description: Munakata is an anthropology professor who studies the relationship between folklore or fairy tales and real historical events. He believes that many of these stories that most presume to be entirely fictional are actually based on real events. This manga tells the story of Professor Munakata as he follows the clues left from both the imaginary world of fairy tales and the real world historical evidence.

This manga is highly educational and entertaining at the same time. The connections between the history of the land and the implications it has on the fairy tales are extremely intriguing. It is a breath of fresh air if all you read are the typical genres and want some diversity.

Sequel: http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/the-case-records-of-professor-munakata-r17393
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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107 Comments

It somewhat reminds me of Erich von Däniken books but without ton of aliens... I mean, it's funny read but scientific content is doubtful at best...

And what is with Japanese and nuclear plants protests? Without them they would be shit not a developed country they are today.

But the fact that they pointed out Japanese misdeads during WWII... suprises me greatly, there are less than few works which mention it without making Japan a total victim of war...

Christ, but those one-shots were creepy.  Thanks for tanslating them, anyway.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and this specific series is complete. But this isn't the last you'll see of Professor Munakata. We'll be releasing a short (one-volume) spinoff entitled "Kamunabi" shortly, followed soon after by the sequel, The Case Records of Professor Munakata, which will be even longer than this one and have more exciting theorizing done! So if you loved this series, be sure to look out for those two in the near future!

 

Rah!!  I can hardly wait!

It's... complete?

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and this specific series is complete. But this isn't the last you'll see of Professor Munakata. We'll be releasing a short (one-volume) spinoff entitled "Kamunabi" shortly, followed soon after by the sequel, The Case Records of Professor Munakata, which will be even longer than this one and have more exciting theorizing done! So if you loved this series, be sure to look out for those two in the near future!

It's... complete?

"Ike just fainted! Finally; I'm truly back in Japan!"

When these characters from past chapters start crawling out of the woodwork it's a huge flag for the series wrapping up...

Wow, just wow!  Chapter 32 was impressive, to say the least.  I didn't think that Hoshino Sensei would write something that poignant and touching.  Very well written indeed!

wow... So Professor was in love with his teacher in college???.. That's both sweet and a bit sad... 

Wonder if chapter 31 is based on anything Hudson (RIP) might have tried regarding their Momotaro Densetsu game series.

Ok, so "Present day" = "1994".

 

On another note, young!Munakata is really almost another person...  I must say he's much cooler as an old man.

 

Seeing the younger Munakata makes me wish there were now prequels that showed what he encountered when he was a student. 

Ok, so "Present day" = "1994".

 

On another note, young!Munakata is really almost another person...  I must say he's much cooler as an old man.

Thanks, Hokuto no Gun.  I never cease to enjoy this manga.

Berseker can also mean, that the guy was crazy enough to go to battle bar sekr - without armor, maybe even clothes. At least that was the other theory around the meaning of the word berserker.

Sounds dangerously close to Bar Seeker..
I was wondering when we'd see Ike feint, should've saw that last scene coming.

i should have read this from the beginning so it would be easier to comment on each chapter...

werewolf stories are interesting. but they're difficult to relate to, as there were no werewolves in the land of the berserkers. you do know that berserk means bear hide, right?

the stories i have grown up with, are of men turning into bears. there's even a story of a man who could only manage to turn half back into human before a bear hunter shot him.

wouldn't make much of a difference though, as the bear skeleton looks almost human, except for the skull.

Berseker can also mean, that the guy was crazy enough to go to battle bar sekr - without armor, maybe even clothes. At least that was the other theory around the meaning of the word berserker.

Is this guy the ass man from prison school?

They do look alike.

Due to the Emperor having only ceremonial power in the Tokugawa Shogunate, and the Shogunate being so centralized, Edo (Tokyo) has been the de facto capital for 400 years. I'm almost entirely sure that's what it was referring to.


To be more specific, the statement refers to the plot by Tenkai to turn Ieyasu into an emperor postmortem (the spiritual revolution). With this done, the seat of the secret spiritual emperor - in this case the Tokugawa shogun's Edo residence - would then be the capital of Japan both de facto and de jure, because the imperial throne was by the time of Tenkai already a largely spiritual position anyway. When the Yamato dynasty reacquired their stolen throne, they continued to use the spiritual capital already marked by Tenkai - or so the story's internal logic goes.

Actually, in Japan the prevailing conspiracy theory is that when the Meiji emperor's advisors moved his secular capital to Edo and renamed it Tokyo they intended to protect the sanctity of the imperial seat of Kyoto by making sure all the modernizing and intrigue happened far away from the TRUE capital of Japan (Kyoto). This is why the Meiji emperor himself was buried in Kyoto. However, clearly both the Taisho and Showa emperors didn't get the memo, because they're both buried in Hachioji in the Tokyo area. Well, conspiracy theories are just like that I suppose.

Note that Japanese traditionalists and ironically Tokugawa remnant loyalists (yes they do exist) still consider Kyoto to be the capital and Tokyo exactly what its name suggests (the alternative eastern capital).

Wait... It's been four hundred years since the Meiji Restoration and the Emperor moving to Tokyo? That last page sounds kinda iffy.  2003 marks 400 years from Tokugawa moving the shogunate there, but it only became the de jure capital in the 1860s.  Those last two narration blocks makes it sound like the 23rd century...

Due to the Emperor having only ceremonial power in the Tokugawa Shogunate, and the Shogunate being so centralized, Edo (Tokyo) has been the de facto capital for 400 years. I'm almost entirely sure that's what it was referring to.

Wait... It's been four hundred years since the Meiji Restoration and the Emperor moving to Tokyo? That last page sounds kinda iffy.  2003 marks 400 years from Tokugawa moving the shogunate there, but it only became the de jure capital in the 1860s.  Those last two narration blocks makes it sound like the 23rd century...

I like how continuity is maintained with Munakata once again meeting Tenkai (see the Shutendoji chapter)

he looks like poirot

Thanks, Hukuto no Gun, for another great chapter.  This series has lead me to go back and read lots of Japanese history and legends.  Also, thanks for the great grammar, as well.

Is this guy the ass man from prison school?


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