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Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

by Shigeru Mizuki

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    Picture Letters From the Commander in Chief: Letters From Iwo Jima by Tadamichi Kuribayashi (roulette.russe)
    roulette.russe: Another account of japanese soldier's lives in the islands of the Pacific, during WW2.

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Geoff Dyer has noted that, thus far, the best accounts of the ongoing wars in the Middle East are non-fiction, while the most successful accounts of World War II (from the allied side) are novels. With the publication of Shigeru Mizuki's autobiographical work recounting his service in New Guinea during World War II, one sees that another form will have to be taken into account: comics. Brilliantly drawn and told, Mizuki's Onward Towards Our Noble Deathsgives those of us fortunate enough never to have experienced anything like such horror a powerful draught of the pain and futility of war.
2 vote dcozy | Jun 19, 2011 |
Although none of these portraits could be called realistic, each is idiosyncratic enough to be instantly recognizable and distinct from each of the others. That we can tell one from the other is, perhaps, the point: these young men, Mizuki shows us, were not a nameless and faceless mass marching toward their "noble deaths," but sons and brothers, husbands and lovers, human beings caught up in something beyond their control.
added by dcozy | editThe Japan Times, David Cozy (Jul 17, 2011)

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Shigeru Mizukiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, JocelyneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schodt, Frederik L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"[A] semi-autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of World War Two. The soldiers are instructed that they must go into battle and die for the honor of their country, with certain execution facing them if they return alive" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)

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