View Full Version : Johji Manabe (Outlanders, Caravan Kidd, Drakuun)

12-02-2002, 02:06 PM
Hey, is anyone else out there a fan of Johji Manabe's works? ^^ Caravan Kidd was the first comic I ever read, back in 1992. It, and Ranma, were what really got me hooked on Japanese comics. I absolutely adore his style and storytelling... it's filled with action and humor. And Mian Toris is one of the coolest characters ever. Oh, I'd looove to cosplay her someday!!

12-04-2002, 06:17 PM
Ah~ Caravan Kidd was one of my first too!!!! XD Mian was really cool & tough, and that little guy..... I don't remember his name, but he loved money, he was so funny ^o^
I didn't really like Outlanders too much though. I saw that one other anime of his too, but I don't really remember it well ^_^; I think it was a lot like Caravan Kidd though ^-^ And I read only a couple issues of Drakuun...
Er anyway, lol, Caravan Kidd was pretty tight, the funniest one every was the X-mas one!!!!!!!! XD


12-05-2002, 11:19 AM
Wow! Someone else who has read it!! ^_^ That makes me so happy... so if I did cosplay Mian, one other person would know who I was.

Outlanders was like Caravan Kidd... but not as funny. And Drakuun, I only read the first bunch of issues.

The Christmas special was great! With the Miss Santa thing... XD I wish that series hadn't been so short!!

12-08-2002, 10:59 PM
I love Manabe-sensei! His art and story telling is just sooooooo clever and well done!

I have all of outlanders and both Caravan Kid (Just got vol. 2 of CK).

Kahm is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo drool worthy.

Manabe's stuff appears on ebay now and then and there is currently some of his doujinshi on there but I'm to broke to buy it.

I haven't read much of Drakuun but I liked what I read.

I just sooooooooooooooooooooo love his art style. To me there is no finer Manga artist/writer in Japan than Johji Manabe.

I wish there was an outlanders anime true to the manga. If that were made I could die a happy otaku. Very few know that Trish Ledoux did the English voice of Kahm in the English Dub to Outlanders.

I can't wait to read more of his work.

And Celine... if you were to cos-play Mian you'd have me following you like a love sick puppy.


12-09-2002, 05:15 PM

Wow, I love his art too!! He does such an excellent job on the female body, or at least, it is very appealing to me. They're not super scrawny like I see in so many other comics... and as characters, his women are usually strong and kick ass! ^_^ I always want to buy the doujinshi I see by him on ebay, but it does get awfully pricy. Hmm... maybe I can use my Chanukah money on it. Hehe.

I'd love to see him as a guest sometime. That would just rock so much!! Next to Rumiko Takahashi, he's probably my second favorite Japanese manga author/artist.

Buy the rest of CK!!! IT IS GREAT!!!! >)

12-09-2002, 09:16 PM
Anyone know who that lady who did the great Kahm costume is and where I can see pics of it again?

I agree with you Celine... I love the way he draws his women and they are not beanpoles and overly big breasted. and they are strong women as well.


12-09-2002, 09:29 PM
I only recall having seen Kahm cosplayed once... at last year's AWA (2001). ^^ I'd suggest going through galleries from that con to see if people got a pic of her. Is this the one you are looking for?

Kenshin Ken
12-09-2002, 10:21 PM
Ahh I rmeember reading Caravan Kidd ^^. I got all 3 thick volumes of it! ^_^

I wanna get the rest of Outlanders and the rest of his works. In the video store I go to, I did find a tape of The Outlanders for rent there ^_^.

12-09-2002, 11:09 PM
Celine - Nope, that's not her. This Kahm cos-player had metal armor and the horns on Kahm's head looked real. I wish I remembered where I saw it.

That's not a bad Kahm in those pics you posted. If you do Mian I hope that you use metal for her top.


12-10-2002, 05:51 PM
Kenny: YAY!!! You've read Caravann Kidd... eheehe... How about, you come visit me and we can watch Outlanders together! I have only read part of the manga, but never seen the animated counterpart. ^^

Joe: Dude, there is another Kahm? Wow! If you find a pic, or remember where you saw her, please let me know. And I'd totally use metal or something which looked like metal. How else would I get her chestplate?? ^^ Ah, she has such a fantastic design...

12-10-2002, 06:30 PM
Celine - I remember that the Kahm was from a site with some text my browser couldn't handle. I think it was a Korean site but I don't remember for sure. I do remember there was a Battia and a Gerabaldi in the pic. Dang, my spelling sucks today.

Also Celine... when do you think you may start Mian?


12-10-2002, 07:38 PM
Well, I don't know if I'll have time to do it this year... if I do, maybe for AX? Definitely not before then. It'll be pricy to buy all the extensions and whatnot for the hair and tail. Not to mention, my metalworking skills are nonexistent. ^^ And I have to find the perfect jewel for the chestplate... get a sword, all that!

Kenshin Ken
12-10-2002, 10:38 PM
aye I'd love to come on over! ^_^v coruse I'll have to rent/buy Outlanders ^_^ possibly get more of it than jsut htat one tape.. ( I wonder how many they have made... )

And how much of the manga have you read? did you see em in those thick volumes? ( I wanna get mroe outlanders...but the only other store around in my area keeps having later issues.. and not the first issues ^^;; me..must...hunt.....for treasures!! )

12-10-2002, 11:48 PM
Outlanders anime is just a single 40 minute OVA... very VERY edited. it only has like 10% of the whole story in it... maybe less.

Manabe-san's anime Capricorn was the same way.

also, ebay is a good place for the early outlanders graphic Novels.


12-11-2002, 12:14 AM
ONE video??? Cripes~! That must be some monster butchering. Aren't there at least six volumes of the manga? ^^ I'm probably going to check ebay myself to nab some copies of them... don't bid against me, Kenny. :P

12-11-2002, 01:23 AM
8 volumes of the manga iirc... it's been a few months since I read them. The anime doesn't show what happens to Japan, what happens to Battia and Gerabaldi or Kahm's Father... it's missing a whole subplot that ties in later to the climax.

Testeya is so brave defending Kahm's honor against Garibaldi in the manga but that scene if I remember is not in it either.

The animation quality is really good but it's like taking 45 minutes of Star Wars and doing a showing of that to people who don't know what Star Wars is.