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Product Details

  • Series: Nonnonba
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; Tra edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770460721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460720
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Like Shige, NonNonBa will leave you wanting more.
Mylz
I love seeing how he takes cool cartoon characters like his bearded Azuki Hakari and how he sticks him in the detailed one ten thousanded world.
Audrey Tichanuk
Anyway, the book explains the author's fascination with the supernatural, the genre of his specialty.
M. Sue

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UPDATE: Most of my review has been retconned now because Kitaro has now officially been announced for an english release by D+Q early in 2013. Source: comicsreporter.com Continue reading with all of that in mind.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Mankins on August 27, 2012
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The title character Nonnonba is Shigeru Mizuki's grandmother, who introduced him to the tales of the Japanese spirit world when he was a child. That introduction went on to inspire a career of learning about Japan's folklore and recording it in comic form, becoming a Japanese national institution in the process --- on that back of a cartoon series! Nonnonba tells us how it all began, in this lightly fictionalized memoir.

The stories are always charming and magical, and sometimes frightening and tragic. The art is expressive, while retaining a charming cartoonishness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mylz on August 13, 2012
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Some make manga, while others, like Mizuki, make manga magic. NonNonBa has it all: picture-perfect illustrations, humor, fantasy, mystery, action, heartache, tragedy, love, and wisdom. The characters are more than just believable, they have distinct personalities. They jump off the page. Even the loathsome ones have the power to bring out a glint in the eye, or a smirk on the face of a reader.

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. Just as every other child, Shige has troubles, 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. Like Shige, NonNonBa will leave you wanting more. 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Sue on September 12, 2013
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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.

I have to confess I'm a huge Shigeru Mizuki fan. I grew up in Japan watching GeGeGe no Kitaro on TV & loved the cast of ghosts & yokais (monsters). When I came across this book in the Japanese version in Tokyo not long ago, I felt I had to pick it up. A lot of it had to with the way he drew Nonnonba - so many lines on that face but with such wide, wondrous eyes! Anyway, the book explains the author's fascination with the supernatural, the genre of his specialty. The stories are full of surprises & interesting characters (including the author's relaxed & chill dad, his mom who speaks of coming from a noble family whenever she gets a chance, Miwa, etc.) It is a sweetly, nostalgic work that harks back to a world in which the author was allowed to hang out with an old lady full of superstition & strange stories, & indulge in his passions that eventually led to his success.

Of course, the central character is the charming Nonnonba - illiterate but possessing an intuitive understanding of how nature works. It's also notable that she always addressed the author with his full name as if he were an adult & never condescended to him just because he was a young child. (It is even more obvious in the Japanese edition where she calls him "Shige-san.")

Anyways, got back to the US & had to pick this book up for my kids. They loved it as well & I'm glad to say that we have 2 generations of Mizuki fans here!
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