I want to talk about Hajime Ueda's works, even though he hasn't made a whole lot and has basically disappeared nearly ten years ago, he made a huge impact on me. He drew two pieces of manga:
- Q-ko Chan
What gets me is not the art style, but rather the how insanely detached his worlds are. Everyone in his manga says and does things this that would not happen in normie society AT ALL. For example, when Naota's friends (again, in Hajime Ueda's work in the manga) see his horns, instead of freaking out, they begin picking on him and drawing faces on them. Or Naota has his life flash before his eyes because he thinks he's going to die and he's completely fucking disinterested after his own demise. Whenever there's a "family around the table" moment it's done in the most fucked up way, with everyone acting in ways to fuck up a kid in the largest possible ways ("I just wanted to make models" if you remember the scene). Or how much of a "Fuck this place" look Naota has before he ditches school. I mean, I can't think of a more wizardly depiction of things.
If it's not a bother, I'd like to discuss a few more clippings from his manga that have really stuck with me, even though I struggle to say why beyond "I still remember them decades later." Something that bugs me is how, and I can't believe I'm saying this since I usually find this so snobbish when others say it, but how important the translations are. For example, in Q-ko chan, this lieutenant shows up at this mother's house, and threatens to beat the shit out of this kid, and the kid gets this dead look in his eyes to which the lieutenant thinks, "Huh, this kid must be used to this, that's no fun" (speaking of which, there are a lot of scenes in all of Hajime's works where the protagonist has this dead-eyes-while-leaning-on-a-wall-and-breathing-through-their-mouth look, and every single one is, I feel, so easy to sympathize with), but they don't have this at all in other translation. Or a scene Naota mentions how schools protects him from the perverts (in other translations they say "lunatics"). Or Haruko convinces Naota to skip school, and notes how you haven't really learned a city until you've played hooky.
The attached pic is one that's stuck with me, I'll post another in a moment. I've posted both of them quite frequently on this board…
I don't know what happened to Hajime, but I miss his works.
He's been working on some animation for the Monogatari series among other things OP