Friday, October 24, 2008

Japanese jungle jive

I bought this manga in San Francisco in 1973. The clerk said the title of the comic was ACTION, which pretty much describes the 16-page jungle softcore feature I found as I flipped through the contents.

I don't read Japanese, but I know this much:

.left to right from this read must You

The black-haired babe is a Frazetta swipe, but you knew that, didn't you.

As my old Army drill sergeant might bark, "Tennnnnn-HUT! Eyes RIGHT!"

Postscript: make sure you look in the comments section for a translation of the dialogue and story. Wow, thanks Christopher! Doing this work for those of us who are Japanese-language deficient goes above and beyond the call of duty as a blog reader.


joe ackerman said...

I dunno. that's kind of groovy, in a "don't-know-what-the-@*!#'s-going-on-but-I-get-the-jist" kind of way. cool post.

Christopher said...

Thanks for putting this up. I'm always curious to see what comics from Japan looked like back in the day.

I put together a rough translation so you can have a basic idea of what is going on.

Magazine Title: Weekly Manga Fashion

In front of anthropoid who jumps around in the dense jungle, the precarious situation of Goro's life!?

"Super-Lady" Magic Girl Chapter 97

Title: The Strange Story of the Island of Dreams of Young Girls

By Kazama Shiro

1 Guy: Oh! When did Magic Girl...?
3 Guy: That's strange. The magic girl...where in the world could she have gone?
4 Guy: Did I fall asleep after I got lost and stopped to take a rest in this jungle?
5 Guy: Oh, well. Magic girl, where did she go? That's it! Maybe she went to find some drinking water.
6 Guy: Wha!?

1 Guy: This place...? Th- the mushrooms are monstrous?
2 Guy: Have I fallen into a science fiction world?
3 Guy: Did Magic Girl really go somewhere?
4 Guy: Magic Girl! Hey Magic Girl!

1 Guy: Magic Girl! Magic Girl!
2 Guy: What is this? Magic Girl, how far did you go to find water?
3 Guy: But, this jungle is awfully creepy...
4 Guy: It's just like we've come to a lost world.
5 SF: Hee
6 SF: Oo oo oo oo
7 Guy: Yaah! It's an- an- an- anthropoid!

1 Guy: Gyaaa! He-he-help me!
2 Guy: Magic Girl! Wh-wh-where are you?
3 SF: Goo ohhhhhhhh
4 SF: Gweh Oo oo oo
5 SF: Goosay Gyaa
6 Guy: Hyaa! Can it be...?

1 Guy: Eh heh heh! A buck-naked girl? What's going on with her?
3 SF: Eh heh heh heh Guy: You...thank you. you understand what I'm saying?
5 Guy: A ha ha I see. You don't mind appearing completely naked. I'm more embarrassed than you.
6 Guy: Are...are you a native of this jungle? That is, you are a beautiful white-skinned girl. I really don't understand how...?

1 Guy: Come on. Please say something. Staying's making me worried (*maybe*)
2 Guy: It's me who's going to go crazy. Aside from that, you've got a great body, hey?
3 SF: Pacheen
4 Girl: You are our friend, right? Follow me, please.
5 Guy: Aha! You can use words, can't you? Ah hah hah, that's a relief.
6 Guy: By the way, do you always go around naked like that?
Girl: Naked? Is there something wrong with that?
7 Guy: N-no. Not really. It's absolutely fine. Ah hah hah.
Girl: Let's move quickly. We don't want the missing link's friends to come and attack

1 Guy: Speaking of that...the monkey man right now...what the hell is he?
Girl: Ah? You don't know?
2 Girl: That is our sworn enemy. The horrifying and powerful people that try to control this jungle.
3 Guy: Powerful people? That monkey?
4 Girl: They live by eating us.
5 Guy: Ea-eating!?
6 Girl: Where in the world have you come from?
Guy: Where? I got lost in the wilderness...
7 Guy: More important, what in the world are you?
Girl: Our world is right now in the middle of a war with the monkey men.
8 Guy: W-war!?
9 Girl: Yes! They ferociously, [indecipherable] hungry monkeys. Up until now, we have been powerless and stayed quiet and been their food. But we can't stand it anymore and have risen up, so even a single ally is essential.

1 Girl: Fortunately, just recently an outlander like yourself, a powerful woman joined our band.
Guy: Yeah? Strong woman?
2 Guy: This is great! That woman must be Magic Girl!
3 Guy: Even still, Magic Girl is going to keep secrets from me!
4 SF: Oohee
5 Guy: that?
6 Girl: Oo hoo hoo. Mating to multiply our tribe!
Guy: Eee hee hee. This is really magnanimous of them!
7 Guy2: Hoo. Give birth to a strong child, please.
Girl: Leave it to me.
Guy: Waa! M-Magic Girl!?

1 Guy: Wh-what the hell is this!? M-Magic Girl...
2 Guy: Kyaa...M-Magic Girl wh-what have you done?
3 Guy: Boo hoo hoo! You've thrown me aside, and now your together with another man! It's not true Magic Girl! Tell me your true feelings! This is horrible, horrible!
4 MG: Who are you?
5 Guy: Who...?'s me, Magic Girl! Did you forget about Goro?
6 Guy: Boo hoo hoo. Is it like this? Magic Girl doesn't know me?
7 MG: Who is Magic Girl? My name is Pontus the heroic amazon!
Girl: Goro, you must have mistaken her for someone else.
Guy: Boo hoo hoo. A legendary amazon, what kind of crazy...

1 Guy: Boo hoo hoo. Where the hell is this place? Have I really ended up in a science fiction world?
2 Girl: Hey, Goro. Cheer up!
3 Girl: Let's mate like those two.
4 Girl: Right, that would be good, right? To resist the monkeymen, let's hurry up and increase our numbers!
5 Girl: Ok, let's go.
6 Guy: I am dreaming? That or I've fallen into the Twilight Zone?
7 Guy: Since this is the way it is, anything is ok. I love mating anyway

1 Girl: Right here is fine. So then, take me.
Guy: Eh heh heh. For real...
2 Girl: Ooh. Our main foods are these mushrooms and men's mushrooms, hahaha.
3 Girl: Hurry up and let me eat your mushroom.
4 Guy: Huh? Huh?
5 Guy: Aaah! Monkeyman!
6 SF: Gyaa gyaa
7 Girl: Kya! Help me!

1 Guy: Bastard!
2 Guy: Yaa! Somebody come please!
3 Guy: Hee! SF: Gogoho goho
4 SF: Supa supa
5 SF: Supa supa supa
6 Guy: Oh! You came for us! You are my Magic Girl after all!
7 MG: I am Amazon! Quickly, run!

1 SF: Gya gau supa
2 SF: Gya supa
3 SF: Gyaa gusa
4 Guy: That is definitely Magic Girl! There is no way that there are warring amazons following a Pentezilian(?) queen these days!
5 Guy: Great work, Magic Girl!
6 MG: I am really not Magic Girl! I am Amazon!
7 Guy: Boo hoo hoo. Magic have fallen under the spell of this strange jungle and lost your memory.

1 Guy: Magic Girl! It's Goro! Please remember!
2 MG: I am a woman warrior! I came here to protect the peace of this jungle.
3 Guy: Magic Girl! It's me, Goro!
4 MG: You are another unfortunate man. To love a girl named Magic Girl so much...
5 MG: Well, I can become her for you.
Guy: Boo hoo hoo. It IS your memory, it's no good!
6 MG: Ok! Come on! You can come and take me.
7 Guy: Boo hoo. To get with Magic Girl in this way...
MG: Ooo. Hurry up!
8 MG: Feed me your mushroom!
Guy: Oh God...

1 Guy: Oh! Magic Girl!
2 Guy: Magic Girl..
3 SF Kya
4 MG: What are you doing! Goro! Cut it out!
Guy: Huh? Huh?
5 MG: Disgusting! You were having a dirty dream, weren't you?
Guy: Oh! Magic Girl! That means, it was only a dream just now?
6 MG: Well! Goro, we had a little rest. Let's quickly explore this jungle.
Guy: It looks the same as it did in my dream.
7 MG: Wow! Mushrooms! It's a little embarrassing, but I want to taste them.
8 Guy: Magic Girl! You can't eat the mushrooms here!
MG: You are strange, Goro...?

Christopher said...

I screwed up at the beginning. The title of the comic is indeed "Weekly Manga Action" - I misread the characters in the title until I looked at the full-size version.

Harry Lee Green said...

Your help has been incredible. You've added a lot to the posting, and I really appreciate it.

Christopher said...

I was happy to help. And even happier to be able to read this stuff (and all that you post). Thanks for maintaining a blog that brings out this kind of stuff that I would never have a chance to see otherwise.

20090702 said...
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20090702 said...

Magic Girl is not wrong but 'magic' and 'girl' are kanji characters' meanings. The super lady's name is pronounced Mako. Ma means magic, ko girl or child.

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HEH said...

Whoah. Great find. Thanks for haring with us.