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About the Author

Shigeru Mizuki was born as Shigeru Mura in Japan in 1922. He fought in Papua New Guinea during World War II and lost his left arm during a battle. He returned to Japan and initially worked as an illustrator for picture-story shows. He later become one of Japan's leading manga artists and was known show more for his Gegege no Kitaro series and autobiographical works depicting the frontline in Southeast Asia during World War II. He received the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1991 for his contribution to academics and arts and was recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit by the government in 2010. He died of heart failure on November 30, 2015 at the age of 93. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Shigeru Mizuki, 2011 (by 大臣官房人事課 (平成22年度 文化功労者:文部科学省), CC BY 4.0)


Works by Shigeru Mizuki

NonNonBa (1977) 206 copies
Shigeru Mizuki's Hitler (1971) 99 copies
Kitaro (2013) 91 copies
The Birth of Kitaro (2016) 74 copies
Tono Monogatari (2010) 60 copies
Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon (2016) 36 copies
The Great Tanuki War (2017) 31 copies
Kitaro the Vampire Slayer (2018) 23 copies
Kitaro's Strange Adventures (2017) 23 copies
Kitaro's Yokai Battles (2019) 19 copies
The Trial of Kitaro (2020) 18 copies
GeGeGe-no-Kitaro, Volume 1 (2002) 17 copies
Vie de Mizuki (la) Vol.1 (2012) 11 copies
Dictionnaire des Yôkai (2015) 11 copies
Enciclopedia Yokai Vol. I (2017) 9 copies
Kitaro 3 (1996) 8 copies
Kitaro 2 (1996) 8 copies
Tante NonNon (2019) 8 copies
Hitler (2009) 8 copies
Yokai (2017) 7 copies
MONONOKE (2021) 5 copies
Mon copain le kappa (1966) 5 copies
Auf in den Heldentod! (2019) 5 copies
Dentro de los Yokais (2019) 4 copies
Enciclopedia Yokai 2 (2018) 4 copies
A l'intérieur des yokaï (2018) 4 copies
Kitaro 3: Schloss Yokai (2021) 3 copies
愛蔵版 妖怪画談 (2002) 2 copies
Yōkai Daizukai (2004) 2 copies
Kitaro 8 : Der Dürregott (2022) 2 copies
YOKAIDO (BLAISE) (2018) 2 copies
Autobiografía: Libro 5 (2013) 2 copies
Kitaro le repoussant t.11 (2011) 2 copies
A Picture Book of Yukai (2018) 2 copies
日本妖怪大事典 (2005) 1 copy
Tetsuroku (1994) 1 copy
Nihon Yōkai Taika (2007) 1 copy
悪魔くん 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Mizuki, Shigeru
Legal name
Mura, Shigeru (birth)
武良 茂
Date of death
Sakaiminato, Osaka, Japan
Place of death
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of death
multiple organ failure
Japanese Army (WWII)



I think I enjoyed this less for the story and more for the historical value. I enjoy classic manga quite a bit and while I've heard of Shigeru Mizuki before, I had never read him as it's less of my kind of story.

Still I can see the appeal - the style is very different from today's manga and while there is some harsh parts, overall this should catch elementary school kids quite easily.
lexilewords | 1 other review | Dec 28, 2023 |
Back in 2015, I visited the rural Japanese town of Tono in Iwate prefecture, known as the “City of Folklore,” just a few years after the hundredth anniversary of the publication of the influential Japanese folklorist Kunio Yanagita’s 1910 masterwork Tono Monogatari, a slim, fascinating collection of 119 short vignettes told to him by local citizen Sasaki Kizen. At the same time, I noted that the acclaimed manga artist Shigeru Mizuki had published a comic adaption of the work to celebrate this anniversary, so when I noticed that it had been recently been translated into English, I was eager to read it. Mizuki takes Yanagita’s spare records of the valley's local stories, and crafts a thoughtful comic as the elderly manga artist depicts himself tramping across the Tono valley in the footsteps of Yanagita and Sasaki, making me feel like I was also visiting again.

As the creator of the seminal manga GeGeGe no Kitaro, Mizuki himself also had a significant role in popularizing the yokai and mystery of Japanese folklore both in Japan and across the world, making him an ideal conduit to explore this standard in Japanese folklore study. Along with background information provided by translator and folklorist Zack Davisson on the Shinto meanings behind these lore, the tales lend themselves to Mizuki’s comical yet grounded style. Both eerie and oddly prosaic, the tales reflect the everyday life and concerns of the people of this remote place, both their fears and their desires. Including legends of the kappa, the tengu, snow women, and other supernatural entities, other tales discuss local landmarks and eccentric townspeople while aspects of daily life like farming and hunting continue throughout. Mizuki’s sympathetic yet questioning musings are an ideal medium for revisiting Yanagita’s work and the integral place it has in Japanese folklore study.
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Spoonbridge | 1 other review | Sep 21, 2023 |
Good graphic overview of Hitler.
kslade | 2 other reviews | Jul 31, 2023 |
Shigeru Mizuki is one of the great manga authors, but is rarely translated into English. This is one of his classic stories, based on his personal wartime experience.

A platoon of Japanese soldiers is assigned to defend a beachhead near Rabaul, in what is now Papua New Guinea. They are subjected to a terrifying air assault followed by a landing of marines supported by tanks. Hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned, their rations dwindle to nothing, and their pitifully low weaponry is useless against the Americans.

Against all advice, the platoon commander decides that the platoon must perform a death-or-glory suicide charge to pay homage to the honour of their ancestors. Since the order is to suicide, anybody who survives and gets back to base is considered a traitorous insubordinate and subjected to the most severe discipline.

The hardship and brutality that the soldiers experience at the hands of their own officers is reminiscent of the wanton waste of life that heedless British commanders wreaked during the trench warfare campaigns of World War 1. It is a reminder that extreme suffering and gross disregard for human life is seen on all sides of a war.
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gjky | 4 other reviews | Apr 9, 2023 |



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