Take A Step Out of Your Comfort Zone with Sumo

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There’s always many things a person can think within a life time. Is it easy to change a career? Would it be easy to move to another country? Even if you move to another country, can living there be adjusted? I imagine for Scott who failed as a football player in U.S. suburbia moving to Tokyo, Japan to be a sumo wrestler, then that would be an impossible feat. Never say never and as they do in comics, the impossible happens.

Sumo is a trade paperback, so the pages are printed on glossy pages, that has various colors. Be aware of the color usage in this story as a tool for telling time in the story whether it is a flashback or a present event.

Personally I don’t see as much books like this that mentions a Japanese sport, so to just experience something that is not necessary the same as American wrestling, this is an eye opening read. This book is targeted toward adults, but can be also enjoyed by teenagers. For other types of books I feel that is out there, that is worth picking up to read that has the same vibe as this type of book is Jiro Taniguchi’s The Summit of the Gods or Natsume Ono’s titles.

If you do get a chance to read this book, published by First Second, remember to cue Survivor’s Eye of Tiger .

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2 thoughts on “Take A Step Out of Your Comfort Zone with Sumo

  1. Yeah, Akebono was an American sumo champion, who was a basket ball player before. Musashimaru was an American foot ball player. Not Sumo, but K-1, Bob Sapp was also an American foot ball player. I was a huge sumo fan back then, even Sailor Moon’s Usagi was mentioning about it in the first season. It’s a national sports. Btw, Eye of Tiger really reminds me. Rocky!

  2. Yep, I realize that there is a non-Japanese champion one year, but to me and probably to non-Japanese readers/viewers… sumo is still a sport that is not seen unless you see it in other mediums. I never seen a full sumo match, but from what I have seen I always think about how much muscle is there over fat… and is it nice to look at men in large diapers.

    LOL I think that’s the comparison I was going for, reading about Scott’s determination to succeed as a sumo wrestler, dying his hair black….. MLM if you get a chance to read this book, you’ll probably enjoy it. ^_^

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