Apollo's Song Paperback – 17 Sep 2008
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The boy is then given an opportunity to understand what love truly is in various scenarios at different points in time and locations but also has to face the agony just as much of the joy of being loved.
Apollos Song was a manga somewhat developed to help people understand love, not just from the practical point of view but from a more intimate one. It's also a curious venture into the psyche of someone who does not know love. You may start out disliking the main character but Tezuka manages to make the character sympathetic despite his violent tendency.
The story does get a tad malodramatic and theres points where the characters chatter on a bit but it's still utterly compelling from start to finish. If you liked MW and Dodoro you'll enjoy this, people looking for more traditional Manga fare from Tezuka may be better off with the Astro Boy series
At the start of the manga Shogo Chikashi can't stand the site of anybody or anything expressing love towards another. He ends up in therapy where there goal is to cure him of this illness. The story jumps to multiple imaginary/alternate lives where he finds love but when he arrives in the real world again he still hates love. The reason i kept reading is i wanted Shogo to be able to love and so watched his character develop.
This is the first Osamu Tezuka manga i have read, after reading this and enjoying this i will buy some of his other works.
The only reason i didn't 5 star this manga is i'm not a big fan of his style of drawing
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I must agree with Matthew Kirschenblatt--it's very good, but not Tezukas's best. The transition between episodes is not always smooth, nor are all episodes of equally high quality. I doubt that the translation is bad; Tezuka is capable of fantastic drawing--people's faces, architecture, nature, action--but his work is not uniformly great, and it isn't uniformly great in this manga.
After a hilarious, irreveverent, cynical prologue about human reproduction, we get into the story of Shogo Chikaishi, whose home life, from birth till 15, when the actual story starts, is a complete disaster: his mother has little time nor love to waste on him, being involved with a neverendieg series of lovers, all of whom she insists Shogo call "Papa." From as far back as he can remember, Shogo knows none of them are. One time, when Shogo spies on his mother and one of his "Papas" behind his mother's closed bedroom door, she beats him for it, and he says "Why did you have me anyway? I wish I'd never been born." His mother admits it was probably a mistake, and adds, "Well, that's what happns when men and women sleep together."
Something clicks in his mind, and he becomes a love-hater, growing physically sick and enraged when he sees people or animals about to make love. He kills many animals (fortunately no people), and through the police, arrives in a mental hopital, where a psychiatrist sets about curing his disease with electro-shock therapy. In his shock-induced dreams, he meets the Goddess of Love, who sentences him to wander endlessly, from life to life, always falling in love with the same girl, in different forms, but never being able to consummate this loove, because the death of one or the other of them intervenes. This is what creates the series of stories, some of which are touching, and some rather funny (Shogo, being an otherwise normal 15-year-old, has an amusing sense of humor himself). He learns to understand not only his own suffering, but that of others as well.
The sentence seems a bit stiff to me: you'd think the Goddes of Love would take his sad background into consideration!
It's a good read, and the prologue is priceless.
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