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Apollo's Song, Part Two [Paperback]

Osamu Tezuka
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August 31, 2010 Apollo's Song
In this second half of Apollo’s Song, Shogo, a young man whose abusive childhood has instilled in him a loathing for love, begins to see the virtues of love as he repeatedly experiences love lost from within the depths of his mind. Throughout the ages, his affections for others would bring him inspiration, strength and ultimately joy, unfortunately having been punished by the Gods each time a senerio appeared to be headed towards an ideal ending he would have love ripped from his heart every time. Shogo loses his heart and his soul in the process, before tragically dealing with the psychological scars of his childhood hatred.

Master storyteller Osamu Tezuka’s Apollo’s Song is a lyrical tour-de-force on the human spirit, the destruction of hate, and the triumph of love.

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“The paradox is that what’s essentially the same story, filtered through various historic and fantastic milieus, not only holds our interest but also sparks a satisfaction deeper than the sum of its episodes. We know what’s going to happen, but Tezuka’s shamelessly entertaining storytelling and versatile art make repetition a giddy and even profound pleasure.”—The Los Angeles Times

“Apollo’s Song deserves the close reading of a literary novel and will reward those who do so.”

About the Author

Osamu Tezuka was born on November 3, 1928, in Osaka. He grew up in an open-minded family exposed to comics and Walt Disney. As a boy he also had a love for insects, which he would later as a grown-up incorporate into pen name. Having developed an intense understanding of the preciousness of life from his wartime experience, Osamu Tezuka aimed to become a physician and later earned his degree in medicine, but ultimately chose the profession he loved best: manga artist and animated film writer.

Tezuka's manga and animated films had a tremendous impact on the shaping of the psychology of Japan's postwar youth. His work changed the concept of Japanese comics, transforming it into an art form and incorporating a variety of new styles in creating the "story cartoon." Osamu Tezuka lived out his entire life tirelessly pursuing his efforts, passing away at the age of 60 on February 8, 1989.

In all, Tezuka produced more than 150,000 pages of graphic storytelling before his death.

Product Details

  • Series: Apollo's Song
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935654055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935654056
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a medium for children. His many early masterpieces include the series known in the U.S. as Astro Boy. With his sweeping vision, deftly interwined plots, feel for the workings of power, and indefatigable commitment to human dignity, Tezuka elevated manga to an art form. The later Tezuka, who authored Buddha, often had in mind the mature readership that manga gained in the sixties and that had only grown ever since. The Kurosawa of Japanese pop culture, Osamu Tezuka is a twentieth century classic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another stellar work from Osamu Tezuka. September 21, 2011
There has been a lot written about Tezuka, and it has become fashionable to refer to him by the cloying, obnoxious title as the "God of Manga". While it was true that he was an amazing artist, and created so much of the style that we now casually refer to as Manga -- it's really his stories and philosophy beneath the artwork which are his greatest accomplishment. Apollo's Song is one of the more honest, brutal portrayals of human selfishness that I have ever come across.

This is the second volume of the two-part story, and it centers on the protagonist's torn emotions as he enters a seemingly never-ending cycle of hatred, sympathy and tragedy resulting from his disavowal of love and companionship. Like Tezuka's "Hinotori", the story cycles back through different time periods and locations, all coalescing in the major theme of the story when taken as a whole. It is much different than most Western structure but I have found it more engaging than most other 20th Century Japanese writers's attempts at plotting and characterization.

Vertical has done a good job with the printing and translation of both of these volumes. I can speak and read a little Japanese but I found that this translation seemed to retain the qualities of the characters and themes (although of course something is always altered). Unfortunately, they plunked an insipid quote from a Los Angeles newspaper reviewer on the back cover -- but then that's par for the course for American publications these days. I am very thankful for this being available to me and many others in English as I think Tezuka had many profound things to say about humanity and our shortcomings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Read September 9, 2013
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A huge fan of Tezuka. Bought the book because of reviews and previous purchase. Definitely worth adding to my collection.
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