Yumiko Oshima, Masumi Oshima.
Ladies have the same family name, no blood connections.
Yumiko, who has been one of the prominent figure in Japan manga scene since 1970s, is like a Julian Moore meets Jodie Foster. Fame and fortune don't stop her quest for creative instinct.
Masumi, who has the bright future in the field of literary fiction, debuted in 1992 but little known until the turn of the century. Like, say... Anne Hathaway, many people ("mature readers", if I may say so) believe now that she will earn well-deserved praise in no distant future.
Before writing this, I googled and binged, found no one (come on!) had pointed these two Oshimas resemblance. My plan A before that was; admit what they have in common, and then try to distill the Masumi's essence -- thank you for imagining my disappointment.
Hoping a distiller comes later, let's get down on the resemblance of two Oshimas today. More precisely, I'd like to focus entirely on Masumi's early work "Watery Cocoon"(2002).
This is a luminous tribute to Yumiko's 1980's works such as "Dream Bug / Sheep Grass"(1983), "Dahlia Cincture"(1985), "Roughly Chopped Carrots"(1985) and "Sister and I; Water pillow, Feather Pillow"(1984).
All those lovely/serious pieces taught me much -- how far the manga can go, beauty of minimalism, enjoyment of solitude, who has been to the end of the earth and back won't triumph that trip, etc., etc.
from "Watery Cocoon"
from "Roughly Chopped Carrots"(1985) twitter.com/unpocketable/s…— unpocketableさん (@unpocketable) 10月 19, 2012
from "Watery Cocoon"
from "Dahlia Cincture"(1985) twitter.com/unpocketable/s…— unpocketableさん (@unpocketable) 10月 19, 2012
In some part, you can hear the song of Yumiko's works in the background.
(Oh, you can also SEE that!)
And in some part, needless to say, Masumi's original voice is audible/visible.
Masumi's girl, here, expressed "It warmed my heart."
On the other hand, a father in the "Roughly Chopped Carrots" never shows this kind of eloquence. Still, you know the aspiration very well via a daughter in the story.
They talk the same thing, from different sides.