There is a gag manga that is secretly popular among professional comedians.
It is “Give My Regards to Kenshiro,” which is serialized in “Weekly Young Magazine. This work was featured in the TV program “Kawashima/Yamauchi no Manga Numa” (Nippon Television Network Corporation), which introduces manga, in the project “This Manga is Amazing! (NTV), a TV program introducing manga, and was even praised by Kenji Yamauchi (41) of Kamaitachi as having “quite a high sense of comedy.
The film tells the story of Koichi Numakura, a boy who swore revenge for the loss of his mother to a yakuza when he was a child, and who, yearning for Kenshiro, the hero of “Fist of the North Star,” learns assassination techniques and grows into a full-fledged kanjin. However, what resides in his “genius” fist is not a killing technique, but a massage technique that makes people happy. This is a funny massage comedy about a man bent on revenge, and it has been praised on the Internet as “too stupid to be funny,” “a new kind of gag manga,” and “a manga that makes you learn more about pressure points and makes you laugh.
The author is Jasmine Gyu, a “mysterious” manga artist whose face, age, and gender are undisclosed. After graduating from Kyoto Seika University’s Story Manga Department, she began serializing “Back Street Girls” in Young Magazine in 2015. It is a gag manga with an eccentric setting in which three yakuza gangsters play the role of idols at their gang leader’s behest, and has been adapted into a TV drama and a live-action film.
Although “Give My Regards to Kenshiro” is popular for its comedic sense that would make even comedians groan, there were various hurdles before the serialization began. The story was inspired by the nationally popular “Fist of the North Star,” and permission to use the “Fist of the North Star” was required. The editor in charge of the story hesitated at first in the face of the big title. However, the author of the story
I really want to do a massage manga that pays homage to “Fist of the North Star.
The editor, however, was encouraged by the author’s enthusiasm and said, “I’m sure you’ll get through the difficult hurdle.
The editor was persuaded by the author’s enthusiasm, saying, “I want to publish this work even if I have to go through a difficult hurdle.
The editor was persuaded by the author’s enthusiasm, “I really want to do a massage manga that pays homage to ‘Hokuto no Ken.
It seems that he was able to obtain permission without any problems, and Takeru Takemono, the original author of “Fist of the North Star,” told him, “I am not angry with you. On the other hand, Tetsuo Hara, who created the illustrations, even gave the first volume of the book his “seal of approval,” as if he had never heard of it.
According to the editor in charge of the book, Jasmine Gyu herself is also a good massage therapist. We will keep an eye on the development of “Give My Regards to Kenshiro,” a comedy with a new sense of “warming the old and learning the new.
Interview and text by： Ajidouen