On Hiroaki Samura’s Emerald and Other Stories
Part of what’s interesting about story collections is seeing an author stretch his or her legs and try some new approaches or genres. In Hiroaki Samura’s Emerald (also known as Sister Generator), each story is vastly different from the next, and all seem to go in unpredictable directions. This is what makes the work exciting, but also what limits it and makes it be ultimately not that interesting.
Hiroaki Samura is mostly known for Blade of the Immortal and rightly so. It’s a major, major work, lasting over 30 volumes and running for almost 20 years. However, Samura has managed to release some other work (most of them one shots or ero guro work) during that period, though almost all of it short and minor by comparison. Most well known of all is probably Ohikkoshi, also published by Dark Horse. That collection is more focused since most of the book is given over to one story, but it’s also more successful and moving than anything to be found in Emerald.
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