"Night has a thousand eyes" Episode 1

Not only for Manga, but for novels as well, there are two forms when publishing in a magazine, a long work that continues serialization and a short read-through work. This time, I would like to put a spotlight on one of those read-through works.

Ishimori also wrote many read-through works. Creating a work that convinces the reader with a small number of pages will have a different challenge from the endurance game that is a feature film. Among the works by the authors who have drawn many excellent short films, one that I announced in the early days, "I have a thousand eyes at night," is my personal favorite.

When a woman who visited a family to tutor begins to play the piano in the family, she is rejected by the Lord. There, a man who was a companion to the Lord visited and asked the Lord, a former excellent sniper, to kill him, which led to a sudden development of suspense. The climax, where the melody of the piano and the actions of the Lord who received the request are linked, must be called a masterpiece.

When I read back this work after a long time, I growled many times while reading. First, I think it's probably intentional, but the background is very simple. I feel like I am cherishing the blank spaces in the frames without writing them down, and they give me the impression of "white tone" throughout the whole series. On the contrary, I think it is an element that writes the imagination of the reader. For example, a bird's-eye view composition from the ceiling over a chandelier depicts a drawing room, but each piece of furniture including the chandelier is not colored, and is expressed only by lines, and the reader's head I'm sure that you can add color.

The song “I have a thousand eyes at night” composed by the father of the main character is the title of the work as it is, but the song gives the mood of the whole story. Even though it is a Manga, the expression of the picture is so wonderful that you can hear the melody. Even if you can't hear it, you can see the various expressions that drift like notes flowing in the space of a frame, such as between people, in a room, or running up stairs. You will fall into the illusion that the sound will reach your ears.

I wonder if there was this method before this work. Even if I touch it that much now, the expression feels fresh.


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