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[Sakai spun around and took a single round fruit from the basket on top of the TV, a set that was only there for visitors. Kumi wouldn't be watching TV anymore. She would never again get to see Nakai, her favorite member of Smap.
    Hard Luck, Banana Yoshimoto
    Hardboiled and Hard Luck

Wait wait, is that I have just come across the word Smap? My heart almost skipped a beat when my eyes went through thelines and bumped to the word smap. When reading the novel Hard-boiled, Hard Luck of Banana Yoshimoto, I was so happy to find Smap in the book of my favorite author. I really love this story , Hard Luck - a story about a girl making sense of  the past, and loss of her sister. Her sister suffered from cerebral hemorrhage, and has to live as vegetable. The story focuses on emotions and struggling with the loss of every other member in the family.   The story is the beautiful blending of desperation, despair, and hope. 
Well, her sister Kuni, in this story, once in the past, intended to have a tattoo of the initial letter of her first boyfriend's name. The letter is N. Then, the above quote is about Nakai in smap. I can't help giggling thinking that  the N- tattoo is also for the name Nakai. lol. For no reason, I guess that Banana-san favors smap , and yes , nakai-kun haha. Well, I have read some novels of contemporary Japanese writers, however, the celebs or music mentioned in novels  are always other famous people but 'idols'. This is like the first time for me to find smap in novels, a follower of Japanese literature. 

I am sure I would be happy the same if the person mentioned in smap is another member , may be Kimura, Shingo, Tsu, Goro. After all, the name smap makes me happy during reading a sad and gloomy story.Beside, I honestly rec this book , not because of the word 'smap':) of course.  Banana Yoshimoto is famous for her book Kitchen,and you would find this book 'hard boiled, hard luck' is somehow similar to her previous novels Kitchen and Asleep. However, the more reading this book, the more you will find the book 'hard boiled hard luck' has its own originality and meanings. 

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elway714
Mar. 13th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Huwaaa. Nakai mention in a novel. XD.
I once read a comic which is story about idol, based on SMAP. and there's a lot of mention the 5 members in there. and i read it before i know SMAP members. lol

Never read this book before, but if found in it bookstore, will certainly buy it. thanks for recommending
linhmy
Mar. 13th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, if your taste is ok with gloomy stories, I highly rec this book. The first story Hard boiled is quite creepy,though. The second story (which Nakai is mentioned) is absolutely beautiful. Highly rec!!<3 And I love that author a lot.

I think I know that manga, is this ? http://www.mangafox.com/manga/hajime_chan_ga_ichiban/v01/c001/1.html
elway714
Mar. 14th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
i'm okay with any genre.. hmmm, is this only available in english translation? or is it already translate to many language?

No. never read that before. and it's published in 1989. before SMAP debut. lol.
this one http://www.mangafox.com/manga/dragon_voice/ i read the indonesian version, and the author talk a lot about SMAP in the side talk, even the character mention Captain in the conversation. XD
linhmy
Mar. 14th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
HAHAH, My bad. When you mentioned about the manga about 5 boys in a idol band, this manga immediately came to my mind- this manga is my favorite manga. I didn't know it's that long ago , since 1989 @_@. But Dragon Voice sounds interesting too. I have to read this!!:D

Hard boiled , hard luck : I don't know whether this book is in other languages or not. I found the book in English in city library.May be you can find the ebook online (i hope). Actually, the book is quite thin, as it's like consisting 2 long stories.
elway714
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
oh is that manga good? maybe i'll check it out. :)

Dragon Voice is a must read. It has the exaggerated side which typical Japanese manga, and the author is my fav! she once made "Harlem Beat" it's about basketball n the story is really good. Although she's female but she make shonen manga... but i think there's no english translation available online. You can see in the web that there's only a brief summary and no archive of it yet. :D

Hmm, there's a bookstore that sell english book in here, maybe i'll try my luck.
linhmy
Mar. 14th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, hajime ga ichiban is really sweet, cute and funny. The sister is the manager of her 5-brothers idol band. I can't help thinking Hajime as Michi-san of SMAP. ^^

I found the Dragon Voice in Vietnamese , yokatta!!:) I'm reading it. ^^ Thanx
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