A work with illustrations and text, this piece depicts the monkey, which has been characterized as a parody of human beings since olden times because of its human-like appearance.
2. Raccoon Dog
A memory of a raccoon dog and an old woman who met each other during wartime is narrated in the first person. Was it a reality or a dream? This is a picturesque work with a fantasy story line.
At the end of the year 1615, Higuchi Samonnosuke Tomonaga, a vassal of the feudal domain of Matsumae, has an accident in the mountain and spends all winter in a bear burrow with a bear until he is finally rescued in the spring. But when he goes back to his domain, he is met with not compassion but sarcasm and ridicule. This is a fable of a tragic man whose life is saved by the unaccountable generosity of an animal, but whose social life as a human is denied in the end.
In "Rabbit and Turtle," one of the fables written by Aesop, the rabbit, a fast runner, takes a nap during the race and is defeated by the turtle. But why does the rabbit take a nap? This episode presents thirteen ironic hypotheses answering the question, with each hypothesis depicting a parody of human society.
This is a monologue by a fox that observes the behavior of people trying to catch him by enticing him with food. Although the fox narrates in an unconcerned tone, the ending is quite scary.
On the surface this very short work with illustrations and text depicts a scenario with fast-multiplying rats, but it actually satirizes human society in which overpopulation leads to riots and eventually into war.
In the style of an illustrated reference, twelve kinds of frogs, including Akire-kaeru (Staggered Frog), Nosutoradaruma-kaeru (Nostradamus Frog) and Shinyanaki-kaeru (Midnight Crying Frog) are shown, each parodying a different aspect of human society.
A timid young man succeeds in exterminating demons with the support of a dog, but then... This picturesque work parodies the legend of Momotaro, a famous Japanese old tale, putting it in a paradoxical setting.
Similarities between woman and the cat, an animal that is often compared to women, are shown in 18 points along with illustrations and comments.
This is an essay with illustrations on snakes, animals that have been hated instinctively by humans since ancient times, done in a cynical style.
In this picturesque essay, Tezuka Osamu narrates his own memories about carriage horses that can be seen only in tourist resorts nowadays. This is a fine piece of work that leaves an unforgettable impression on the reader through a monologue by Tezuka, in which he tells of his memories of the horses that worked silently in those old days.
Under what circumstances were the famous paintings of the bison in the cave at Altamira, Spain, produced? This very short Manga without any words presents a comical assumption of how the paintings came into existence.