Kodansha has an impressive selection of the adult works from Manga’s godfather Osamu Tezuka. They have high quality print editions of Dororo, Black Jack, Ayako, The Book of Human Insects, MW, Buddha, and Message to Adolf.
Now Kodansha is re-releasing new editions of Apollo’s Song and Ode to Kirihito. Osamu Tezuka laid the groundwork for modern manga. Even decades later his adult works are still as unpredictable, transgressive, and avant garde as ever. I’m glad that more comic readers with be able to discover his work with these new editions.
Ode to Kirihito is best described as a radical reinterpretation of a werewolf story. A doctor is sent to investigate a town where a mysterious illness is morphing victims’ faces with doglike features. As you might guess, the doctor uncovers more than he bargained for. What follows is a surreal odyssey worthy of a Clockwork Orange and Lawrence of Arabia combined. Despite its bizarre elements, Ode to Kirihito explores what it means to be human in a world beset by politics and prejudice.
Apollo’s Song is simultaneously a celebration of and a rebellion against genre. In the story, a man is cursed to die whenever he falls in love only to be reborn in another time. With each reincarnation, Tezuka is able to play within a different genre while using the recurring theme of forbidden love. From war story, to sports drama, and future dystopia, Apollo’s Song shows that no matter how the world changes some stories stay the same.
Kodansha has an impressive selection of the adult works from Manga’s godfather Osamu Tezuka. They have high quality print editionsCOMICONRead More