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Everyone knows Hansel and Gretel - Hansel's the squatty kid with a tuna can strapped over his mouth to prevent it from shattering everything around him; Gretel's the tall, pink-haired schoolgirl in the sailor suit, attacking bullies with her bamboo sword. At least that's Junko Mizuno's version! In this twisted take on the classic fairy tale, the kids' parents run the mount Everyone knows Hansel and Gretel - Hansel's the squatty kid with a tuna can strapped over his mouth to prevent it from shattering everything around him; Gretel's the tall, pink-haired schoolgirl in the sailor suit, attacking bullies with her bamboo sword. At least that's Junko Mizuno's version! In this twisted take on the classic fairy tale, the kids' parents run the mountain grocery store, fielding visits from the green girls who grow spinach from their scalps and the 40-foot-tall piglet who slices cuts to order off his big belly. More madness comes with the arrival of Queen Marilyn and her insidious black magic! Can the kids save the day? This novel represents a new phase in Mizuno's art, one marked by psychedelic hues that give the arresting story the feel of a dark dream. This tale from the master of the cute and the grotesque is color illustrated throughout.


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Everyone knows Hansel and Gretel - Hansel's the squatty kid with a tuna can strapped over his mouth to prevent it from shattering everything around him; Gretel's the tall, pink-haired schoolgirl in the sailor suit, attacking bullies with her bamboo sword. At least that's Junko Mizuno's version! In this twisted take on the classic fairy tale, the kids' parents run the mount Everyone knows Hansel and Gretel - Hansel's the squatty kid with a tuna can strapped over his mouth to prevent it from shattering everything around him; Gretel's the tall, pink-haired schoolgirl in the sailor suit, attacking bullies with her bamboo sword. At least that's Junko Mizuno's version! In this twisted take on the classic fairy tale, the kids' parents run the mountain grocery store, fielding visits from the green girls who grow spinach from their scalps and the 40-foot-tall piglet who slices cuts to order off his big belly. More madness comes with the arrival of Queen Marilyn and her insidious black magic! Can the kids save the day? This novel represents a new phase in Mizuno's art, one marked by psychedelic hues that give the arresting story the feel of a dark dream. This tale from the master of the cute and the grotesque is color illustrated throughout.

30 review for Junko Mizuno's Hansel And Gretel (Viz Graphic Novel)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    More brainless reading with Junko Mizuno comics. Compared with her other fairy tale adaptations Hansel & Gretel was better than Princess Mermaid, but I still think Cinderalla was the best. I mean, it had zombies! Plus the narration was for some reason better than in the other two. Hansel & Gretel is alright, it gets points for Gretel fighting with a sword and all the fluffy pink candy scenes. I also liked the giant pig, but really what is Mizuno's obsession with meat eating? Overall this series More brainless reading with Junko Mizuno comics. Compared with her other fairy tale adaptations Hansel & Gretel was better than Princess Mermaid, but I still think Cinderalla was the best. I mean, it had zombies! Plus the narration was for some reason better than in the other two. Hansel & Gretel is alright, it gets points for Gretel fighting with a sword and all the fluffy pink candy scenes. I also liked the giant pig, but really what is Mizuno's obsession with meat eating? Overall this series is pretty weak, but I do like her style and it is nice to see it in color.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lilie

    Celui qui m'a le moins emballé. Celui qui m'a le moins emballé.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Lontel

    Dans la série des trois mangas (traduits en français) adaptés très très librement de contes traditionnels européens (avec Cinderalla et La Petite sirène), Hansel et Gretel est beaucoup plus flyé et onirique que les deux autres avec un univers complètement extravagant. L'intrigue est aussi la plus éloignée du conte d'origine avec comme seuls liens des liens plutôt thématique autour de la nourriture (avec une exploration de la boulimie) et un peu de la famille (avec les parents qui se font capture Dans la série des trois mangas (traduits en français) adaptés très très librement de contes traditionnels européens (avec Cinderalla et La Petite sirène), Hansel et Gretel est beaucoup plus flyé et onirique que les deux autres avec un univers complètement extravagant. L'intrigue est aussi la plus éloignée du conte d'origine avec comme seuls liens des liens plutôt thématique autour de la nourriture (avec une exploration de la boulimie) et un peu de la famille (avec les parents qui se font capturer par la "méchante" à l'aide de la promesse de nourriture plutôt que les enfants). C'est dur de parler des réussites du manga toutefois sans parler de la fin, je ne mentionnerais donc que le fait que Mizuno arrive à créer des complexités fantastiques aux méchants jusqu'à réussir à effectuer un renversement de situation jusqu'à un certain point. L'exploration des thèmes de la boulimie sont liés à une exploration de l'intimidation, de l'introversion et un peu du manque de communication (mais quel récit n'a pas de problème de communication sans quoi tout serait réglé avant même de commencé). C'est toutefois celui qui m'a le moins interpeller. Le manga aurait très bien pu s'appeler tout simplement Hansel (pour de vrai), le frère n'ayant qu'un seul atout, celui de parler très fort (c'est un silencieux qu'il a sur sa bouche). La couverture ne m'a honnêtement pas du tout attiré et c'est pour ça que c'est le dernier manga traduit de Mizuno que je lis. En fait, mis à part pour la fin qui est très bien construite narrativement et thématiquement, le restant du manga m'a paru un peu long malgré son dessin encore plus extravagant que dans les deux autres contes. Ça reste une bonne lecture, simplement pas la meilleure. Je crois cependant que si j'avais commencé par ce dernier, je n'aurais pas poursuivi avec les autres.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leila Anani

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Junko Mizuno's kawaii- noir take on Hansel & Gretel is one heck of a head trip. Gretel is a sword wielding high school bully and her genius brother has a voice so loud he has to have a can strapped over his mouth to muffle the sound. Their family own a supermarket with some very hallucinogenic suppliers: a giant pig who slices bits off himself, a bread mountain where chibi miners mine croissants, a pair of organic sisters who grow fruit and vegetables in their hair... A wicked witch enchants all Junko Mizuno's kawaii- noir take on Hansel & Gretel is one heck of a head trip. Gretel is a sword wielding high school bully and her genius brother has a voice so loud he has to have a can strapped over his mouth to muffle the sound. Their family own a supermarket with some very hallucinogenic suppliers: a giant pig who slices bits off himself, a bread mountain where chibi miners mine croissants, a pair of organic sisters who grow fruit and vegetables in their hair... A wicked witch enchants all the suppliers so they stop supplying the supermarket. She then enchants all the customers to come and eat at her new 'food land' - but she's really fattening them up so she can eat them. Surreal and hallucinogenic, this one does take a little while to get into. It's quite a clever take on the story but isn't as bloody or dark as some of Mizuno's other work - it also has a bit of a moral message when you find out that the witch is a girl Gretel bullied at school. Fun, but not my favourite.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    1. Can I use this as a fairytale adaptation example for a someday future class? Probably not. 2. Do I have a new obsession with this artist? Absolutely. 3. Did I find my copy of this book at the weirdly amazing used book store of a small town library in South Carolina? Strangely, yes. 4. Are there boobies in this? Oh yes. 5. Is this barely related to the original Hansel and Gretel? Very much yes. 6. Did I care? Nope.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    A cute little action story with adorable colorful art. This is my least favorite of the trifecta of Mizuno's fairy tale adaptations. It's not bad, by any means, though it does have its flaws. The villain and her backstory come right out of nowhere and the story has pretty much nothing to do with the fairy tale. Otherwise, it's a fun little story with cute art--nothing more, nothing less! A cute little action story with adorable colorful art. This is my least favorite of the trifecta of Mizuno's fairy tale adaptations. It's not bad, by any means, though it does have its flaws. The villain and her backstory come right out of nowhere and the story has pretty much nothing to do with the fairy tale. Otherwise, it's a fun little story with cute art--nothing more, nothing less!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cupof Tea

    I bought this book at Custom Culture many years ago and never read it until now. its main appeal was the page of stickers and paper dolls in the back. I'm also a fan of the old school pulp paper comic. the story was an out of the ordinary version of the fairy tale, with gratuitous nudity, but entertained and was colorful. I bought this book at Custom Culture many years ago and never read it until now. its main appeal was the page of stickers and paper dolls in the back. I'm also a fan of the old school pulp paper comic. the story was an out of the ordinary version of the fairy tale, with gratuitous nudity, but entertained and was colorful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    StrictlySequential

    Third printing = July 2006 This is the funny manga I was looking for- perfectly silly and absurd!

  9. 4 out of 5

    #ReadAllTheBooks

    I read this volume about the same time I read Mizuno's other two books in her fairy tale trilogy, Cinderella and Princess Mermaid. This has to be my favorite out of the three, purely because of how much fun it is. As with my warning on Cinderella, if you're a parent thinking of purchasing this for a younger reader, be aware that there's adult content here. In this book you have some nudity, some violence, and in the back of the book a hinted at sex scene. None of it is particularly over the top, I read this volume about the same time I read Mizuno's other two books in her fairy tale trilogy, Cinderella and Princess Mermaid. This has to be my favorite out of the three, purely because of how much fun it is. As with my warning on Cinderella, if you're a parent thinking of purchasing this for a younger reader, be aware that there's adult content here. In this book you have some nudity, some violence, and in the back of the book a hinted at sex scene. None of it is particularly over the top, but I know that some are sensitive to these things so I wanted to include the warning. As with the other books, the artwork here is pretty great. You have a lot of bright colors, psychodelic landscapes, and playful character designs that Mizuno uses to her advantage. It's rather fun seeing the different ways that the people of this land get food and I can't help but wish that perhaps one day Mizuno will create more works in this world. There's a lot of untapped potential here for at least one more good story to be told, particularly about the supporting cast. I'll admit that they pretty much steal the show from our two titular characters. This is ultimately one of those books that isn't really that deep, all things considering, but it's all done in such good fun that you can't help but sit back and enjoy the ride. If I equate some romance books to potato chips and cupcakes, this book would be the equivalent of pink cotton candy. It's cute, fluffy, and is gone far sooner than you want it to be.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Engel Dreizehn

    The most messed up, surreal, psychedelic plus unique take on Hansel and Gretel, I have ever seen. Gretel has a Bamboo sword and Hansel can level buildings with his voice...the witch is still a "oh my" nightmare of food magic! The most messed up, surreal, psychedelic plus unique take on Hansel and Gretel, I have ever seen. Gretel has a Bamboo sword and Hansel can level buildings with his voice...the witch is still a "oh my" nightmare of food magic!

  11. 4 out of 5

    yengyeng

    Stickers and paper dolls included. Score!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Momoberry

    Une critique complète sur mon blog ★ Une critique complète sur mon blog ★

  13. 4 out of 5

    龍帝

    Funny & Delicious !

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jen Bixby

  15. 4 out of 5

    OreoPrincessKatie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tshinta

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ali

  19. 4 out of 5

    Thim Sagefjord

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lillian

  21. 5 out of 5

    Luo

  22. 4 out of 5

    Terra

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Allen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Foxx

  25. 4 out of 5

    Josephine Young

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mikk

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sleepforever

  28. 5 out of 5

    Evan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maude

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