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Wamp
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2020 9:03 pm    Post subject: Karate Baka Ichidai! Reply with quote

I just found volumes 1-17 of Karate Baka Ichidai at a local Book Off!

Karate Baka Ichidai, "A Karate-Crazy Life" is a Japanese manga drawn by Jiro Tsunoda and Jōya Kagemaru, with the story written by Ikki Kajiwara. The story was inspired by the life of the real life martial artist Mas Oyama. This series also features Hideyuki Ashihara, and has 29 volumes in total.

All books are in Japanese, so very hard to read but its awesome to add this set to my Karate Book Shelf.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like an interesting find, indeed! Are you able to read the Japanese?
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Wamp
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not really but the pictures are good. Its like reading a comic book before you were able to read, I just put the story together by picture.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hehe, that's cool. I'll bet it makes for a nice collectible.
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Wamp
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed! Something cool to bring home to America from Japan.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good memories! I used to own the entire series both the manga books and the animated episodes. All I have now are the movies with real actors, starring Sonny Chiba. It was a popular series in the 80s and 90s. If you are in a good sized city in Japan, I strongly suggest visiting book off or other used manga/DVD stores. I found most of mine there and some more under a huge pile of junky old books. Also a few more were gotten off adds in personals and fan magazines.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am around several Book Offs so thank you for the tip! Up until I discovered this series I would visit Hard Offs and Off Houses but I never would visit the Book Off side because... I can't speak or read Japanese. But now I know what to look for and my collection is starting to build.
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