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NonNonBa Paperback – May 22, 2012
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“Mizuki conveys his pen-and-ink messages with a surreal combination of cartoon-like people superimposed against harsh realistic renderings of their environment.” ―Marco Werman, PRI's The World
“Shigeru Mizuki is the preeminent figure of Gekiga manga and one of the most famous working cartoonists in Japan today–a true living legend.” ―Graphic Novel Reporter
“[Mizuki] is one of Japan's greatest illustrators, a master of both realism and manga.” ―Globe and Mail
“This book is excellent . . . I can only hope we're soon flooded by Mizuki translations. I'd like to drown in them.” ―Newsarama
About the Author
Born on March 8, 1922, in Sakaiminato, Shigeru Mizuki is a specialist in stories of yokai and is considered a master of the genre. NonNonBa was named the Best Album at the Angoulême nternational Comics Festival. He has been published in Japan, South Korea, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Italy.
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Top Customer Reviews
When talking about Shigeru Mizuki's oeuvre it is impossible to separate him from his literal monster work Gegege no Kitaro, the adventures of little half yokai (a catchall term for demons, ghosts, monsters, angels, netherworldly spirits), half human boy Kitaro who tries to find balance between the two realms.
If that sounds like it is the model for most modern manga, that's because Mizuki's work was highly influential for all those who came after it.
Exploring such themes as "Who is the real monster - man or supernatural?", environmentalism, bullying, deeper and more complex issues even than those - unfortunately my own exposure to Gegege no Kitaro is sadly limited because hey - us Americans never got much of anything in English.
It was a huge hit during the 60's period where cute and socially responsible comics like Astroboy reigned supreme, for whatever reason. Mizuki's climb to fame was through his deep love of yokai, publishing several books on the subject including his pretend scientific illustration book Yokai Daizukai.
Nonnonba is our second Mizuki work to reach American shores. For a man who is now 90 years old, I find that really sad that we are just now starting to get his work, and considering the first comic we got was a war memoir (a good war memoir true), that's utterly depressing that we're JUST now getting what is his FOCUS. But I digress. Let's actually talk about Nonnonba.
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NonNonBa is the key figure in the story. She is an elderly woman who hires herself out to do neighborhood housekeeping. It is she who equally delights and frightens the main character (Shige) when she opens up the wild and wooly world of the yokai. Shige has troubles, just like any other child, but it's NonNonBa who helps in lightening his load.
There's NOTHING like the kooky spirit folklore of Japan: the bean-thrower, the ceiling-licker, the slippery lad, Mr. Sticky, etc. I particularly recommend this book for stick-in-the-mud kids and teens who claim that they don't like to read books. This could be the literary spice they need. I make no hasty judgment in classifying this book as a "classic". Mizuki is a MASTER at his craft.
The stories are always charming and magical, and sometimes frightening and tragic. The art is expressive, while retaining a charming cartoonishness.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nononba is the second work by master Manga-ka Mizuki I've read.
Nononba is a glimpse into the life of author Mizuki's childhood during post-War Japan. Read more
Nonnonba is NOT the author's grandmother; she is a neighborhood woman who tends to the temple & is forced to take household & nursing jobs due to poverty. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by M. Sue