Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan by Shigeru MizukiShowa 1944-1953: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki

Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan

byShigeru MizukiTranslated byZack Davisson

Paperback | November 11, 2014

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A sweeping yet intimate portrait of the legacy of World War II in JapanShowa 1944-1953: A History of Japan continues the award-winning author Shigeru Mizuki's autobiographical and historical account of the Showa period in Japan. This volume recounts the events of the final years of the Pacific War, and the consequences of the war's devastation for Mizuki and the Japanese populace at large.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp After the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, Japan and the United States are officially at war. The two rival navies engage in a deadly game of feint and thrust, waging a series of microwars across the tiny Pacific islands. From Guadalcanal to Okinawa, Japan slowly loses ground. Finally, the United States unleashes the deathblow with a new and terrible weapon-the atomic bomb. The fallout from the bombs is beyond imagining.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp On another front, Showa 1944-1953 traces Mizuki's own life story across history's sweeping changes during this period, charting the impact of the war's end on his life choices. After losing his arm during the brutal fighting, Mizuki struggles to decide where to go: whether to remain on the island as an honored friend of the local Tolai people or return to the rubble of Japan and take up his dream of becoming a cartoonist. Showa 1944-1953 is a searing condemnation of the personal toll of war from one of Japan's most famous cartoonists.
Shigeru Mizuki , born on March 8, 1922 in Sakaiminato, Tottori, is a specialist in stories of y o kai and is considered a master of the genre. In Japan, the life of Mizuki and his wife has been made in an extremely popular daily television drama. Mizuki is the recipient of many awards, including the Best Album award for NonNon...
Title:Showa 1944-1953: A History of JapanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:536 pages, 8.71 × 6.58 × 2.13 inPublished:November 11, 2014Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770461620

ISBN - 13:9781770461628

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complex times unveiled by master storyteller Another wonderful volume this time a snapshot of the challenging times faced by Japan and Mizuki as war ends and The slow recovery begins. At times it's amazing that either survived the hardships they faced. It's also once again a tribute to masterful storytelling possible with a manga master - so much information conveyed in so few words. It's a marvel.
Date published: 2015-01-01

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Praise for Shigeru Mizuki"Shigeru Mizuki's artwork is really something to behold. It's absolutely gorgeous with lush, heavily detailed backgrounds . . . Mizuki's characters'&nbspdesigns are simple and lovely." - Comic Book Resources "Utterly compelling . . . [ Showa ] shows once again why Mizuki is one of the best creators in all of Japan. Highly recommended." - Manga Bookshelf