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Mizuki's grand overview of the era alternates between sections of wry personal memoir and more straightforward history...[Showa is a] remarkable manga chronicle of the Emperor's reign. - --Japan Times

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Born in Sakaiminato, Japan, in 1922, Shigeru Mizuki is a specialist in stories of yokai and is considered a master of the genre. Mizuki is the recipient of many awards, including the Best Album award at the Angouleme International Comics Festival, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Special Award, the Kyokujitsu Sho Decoration, and the Kodansha Manga Award. His work has been published in Japan, South Korea, France, and Spain.

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A personal history worth telling 2 Feb. 2015
By Patrick Sherriff - Published on Amazon.com
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I devoured this manga, as I have with the other two preceding volumes. And while you could fault the somewhat one-damned-fact-after-another approach he takes to relaying the main events of the war, the artwork traced from photos somehow both dates and brings the book alive; it's like a scrapbook of key events, but only the ones he remembers as having much significance. But he really excels in telling his own remarkable story of survival against the evils of malaria, starvation and Japanese military discipline. That he emerged from the jungles with his humanity in tact is a remarkable feat and one worth celebrating. Read this.
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Unheard history from a great illustrator and Japanese manga legend Mizuki 25 Dec. 2014
By henry woody - Published on Amazon.com
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Unheard history from a great illustrator and Japanese manga legend Mizuki! Flew thru this book! Much humor tinged with the sadness of the calamity that befell the imperial emperors subjects.
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Very interesting 8 Jan. 2015
By Lulu Ask - Published on Amazon.com
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Gave to my husband for Christmas. He's a WWII buff.
He loved it - a new perspective.
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Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths ... 24 Jan. 2015
By Bartok Kinski - Published on Amazon.com
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Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths ...
Great 22 Mar. 2015
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This is the third book in a series of 4 books.
Shigeru's story of survival is mesmerizing. I can't wait for book 4 which will be published in english next July.
Other great non-fiction gekiga by Shigeru is Onwards to our noble deaths, great read as well.
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