Car-Navi Detective Navi

October 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

This is going to be a little less hard-hitting than my post on the Absolute Terror Field, but it needs to be written anyway.

In the fourth volume of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Koji Kumeta pens an “interview” with the two-man writer/artist team that is supposedly collaborating under his name. These invented personalities evoke and mock so many famous people in the real-life manga industry (Osamu Tezuka, Go Nagai, and Yoshihiro Tatsumi are just a few that I recognize) that they mostly just read as a broad stereotype of the myopic, self-obsessed, and irrelevant mangaka that Kumeta resents and also maybe wants to become.

Osamu Kometa and Yasushi Hisamoto, the team that supposedly works together under the name Koji Kumeta to make the manga Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

But I’m not going to go into a deconstruction of the mangaka  as a persona in the latter half of the twentieth century. That’s Katie’s job, whenever she wants to post something. No, what I’m going to do is point out that the writer of the duo, Yasushi Hisamoto, has another hit manga that he plans to dump Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei to do full-time. It’s called Car-Navi Detective Navi, and it involves a detective who solves all his cases by using his car’s GPS to find the culprit.

Detective Navi from Car-Navi Detective Navi

I don’t really have much else to say about it, except that it’s rare to see Kumeta parodying the ongoing work of a mangaka without making clear his opinion of it on an absolute scale, but maybe Detective Conan is just so huge that it doesn’t need to be said. Personally, I’ve always thought that the made-up manga, with its inane premise and rote execution, is maybe Kumeta’s best one-off gag. Well, I did until I got to the tenth volume of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, where I found something oddly familiar.

G.P. Ace from G.P. Ace the GPS Cop

Seriously, G.P. Ace the GPS Cop? I know I just spent the last paragraph praising the joke, but it’s totally not funny enough to be used twice in the same series! I’m beginning to think that, all parodies aside, maybe Kumeta actually wouldn’t mind writing a GPS-centric manga… so long as it was a hit.

Still, my mission here is accomplished, because now googling “Car-Navi Detective Navi” will get at least one result.


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