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March 26, 2012

Animeagining Murakami's Characters

I have continued in my perusal of Haruki Murakami’s novel A Wild Sheep Chase and have been continuously trying to put my finger on what Murakami’s writing style reminds me of. From my point of view, the novel reads with the familiar, romantic, and artsy suspense that often comes with watching a good Japanese anime. In fact, in my imagination the lead character of the book is imagined in a very Spike Spiegel-esque fashion (for those who don’t know, Spike Spiegel is the lead character from the popular anime Cowboy Bebop) – complete with the lanky figure, dramatic personage, and the broken cigarette dangling from his moody lips. So far, I love the dark drama of this book – I think it’s safe to say that I am officially hooked! :)