Isaki Uta: The Lost & Found Collection Brings Four Stories to Kickstarter From Acclaimed Mangaka
Irodori Comics is excited to present the Isaki Uta: The Lost & Found Collection box set, featuring four seminal stories by the acclaimed mangaka Isaki Uta. Known for their captivating narratives centered around characters navigating their gender and sexual identities, Uta’s works have made a significant impact in the world of Japanese LGBTQ＋ comics.
The Isaki Uta: The Lost & Found Collection box set showcases four classic doujinshi, now available in print for the first time, as well as digitally. Take a look at the four stories below:
Mine-kun is Asexual
In Mine-kun is Asexual, the protagonist Mine struggles with a lack of interest in sexual intimacy in relationships. Despite his reservations, Murai’s deep love for him proves unwavering, leading to a complex dynamic that questions the longevity and compatibility of their bond. Is this relationship destined to endure, or is it a potential train wreck waiting to happen?
Leaper introduces us to Mio Aono, one of the intriguing individuals known as leapers. Born on February 29th, leapers age at a rate four times slower than normal people, granting them a lifespan of over 300 years. Experiencing the full spectrum of emotions that come with an extended existence, Mio’s journey captivates readers. This remarkable story won an honorable mention in the Monthly Afternoon Magazine Manga Competition, playing a pivotal role in jumpstarting Isaki Uta’s career.
Mermaid in the Bottle
Mermaid in the Bottle delves into the life of Takeru, who feels like a mere cog in the wheel of corporate society. However, a seemingly ordinary discovery—a mermaid inside a cosmetic lotion bottle—unleashes a sequence of events that intertwines childhood memories, fractured family dynamics, and vanishing corporate funds. Isaki Uta masterfully crafts a bittersweet tale that explores the complex relationship between Takeru and his sister, as they navigate the shadows of their shared troubled past.
In Silkscreen, Isaki Uta presents a poignant story of a girl who falls in love and dedicates herself to another person. However, their relationship defies the protagonist’s expectations, possibly due to the limitations of her perception. Touching upon themes of identity, rejection, and acceptance, “Silkscreen” depicts a bittersweet romance between a lesbian individual and a genderqueer individual, who later reveals their true identity as a trans man. Isaki Uta’s unique storytelling style invites readers to interpret the nuances of the narrative, leaving a lasting impact.
Isaki Uta’s works have resonated deeply with the LGBTQ＋ community, offering genuine portrayals of diverse relationships and the rawness of self-discovery. Translator ITSUKI from Irodori Comics expounds upon the significance of Isaki Uta’s stories, reflecting the sense of representation and validation they bring to queer individuals. Isaki Uta expresses their heartfelt dedication to these stories and hopes that readers will indulge in the emotions and experiences imbued within.
Isaki Uta: The Lost & Found Collection is a testament to the power of storytelling and the exploration of identities. Embark on this captivating journey through Uta’s remarkable creations, now meticulously curated in a box set that is sure to be cherished by fans and newcomers alike.
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