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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media, LLC (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421518678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421518671
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Taiyo Matsumoto is the cult favorite artist of Black & White and NO. 5, both published by VIZ Media. With line work that mirrors his story lines in a combination of smooth and rough styles his work makes for a truly unique look and feel in manga.

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It's great in every sense of the word.
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The style of drawing in this book is an amazing mix of skillful art and childish vision of the world.
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Every manga and anime lover should definitely read this!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Luca Vitale on September 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This might be the best graphic novel ever written, and I don`t say that lightly. It`s a shame that it doesn`t have a wide circulation in Europe and US. It`s pretty much impossible to compare to anything else, Tekkon Kinkreet it`s the most lyrical and at at the same time the most anti-conformist comic you`ll ever read. Think Miyazaki, Tank Girl and Takeshi Kitano all wrapped up in one story that is so good it hurts. Just get it, if you like indie comics chances are this is your new favorite one.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By zinegrrl on March 8, 2008
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During a trip to Japan recently I came across the film version of this book, which had just won many awards. When I learned it was based on a graphic novel, I scoured the bookstands here in the US for it to no avail. Luckily Amazon had it (along with the English-subtitled movie). Tekkon Kinkreet is a richly engaging graphic narrative, its visual language referencing French comics but with the horizontal, angled paneling of more traditional Japanese Manga. Though it's about two scrappy kids, this is most definitely NOT a comic book for children: it's full of violence and references to the seedy underworld of the city (gangsters, strip clubs, etc.). Though those things would usually turn me off, I found this to be a completely absorbing narrative. Beyond the violence it elegantly explores the issues of gentrification, friendship, identity, and change. The film's great too, but you should definitely read the book first. Totally different visual styles going on. Great stuff. Check it out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Xia on September 9, 2007
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What a great book! The art work is like nothing I've seen...The story is simple but heart felt, and the characters easy to identify with. While I can tell that the translation took a lot away from the original ( I can read some Kanji characters, and I could see some of the left over original text was more incorporated into the artwork), it still kept to the mood and the atmosphere pretty well.... I read this book in 4 hours because it was so hard to put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 13, 2009
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Tekkon Kinkreet was originally published as a Japanese manga in 1993. The title is a pun on "Tekkin" and "Concrete", the Japanese term for reinforced concrete.

Just four years before creating Tekkon Kinkreet, Taiyo Matsumoto had traveled to France for artistic research. The style of art in this book was heavily the French comics he studied there. It's a mixture of French line art with Japanese manga paneling.

The story is about two orphans, Black and White, who live in the fictional Treasure Town as they take on the yakuzas trying to take over the city. They are street kids, known as the Cats. Black is violent and sees it his responsibility to take care of his seemingly innocent brother White. Oh, and these boys can fly, literally.

Just as the names of the kids suggest, this theme is on the light and darkness. It's about how the kids relationship with people around them, having to find the way in their own lives on the streets, most oftentimes ending with violence. It is a gritty tale about friendship and change. There are no heroes in this book.

I actually bought the book after viewing the Blu-ray version of the anime. The adaptation is quite faithful. In fact, I was underwhelmed by the comic since the anime featured some pretty spectacular background paintings. The manga is a distilled version of that in terms of art and style. You should read the book first before watching the anime.

The story is simple, really, narrative absorbing. Overall recommended.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Lucero on January 27, 2013
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All-in-all the book is just an amazing read and a must for everyone. My only problem is that when it came in the mail, the very top part of the slip cover was wrinkled because the shipping. Its kinda annoying but still, the book is something to own rather than just read online.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Marshall on October 28, 2011
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I was captured by the heart and compassion of this simple tale. It's violent in a fairy tale way, reflecting the real violence of human cultures that abandon their young. It's a very male story, but holds together despite that, as boyish imaginations transform their world, wistfully plunging between bravado and black depression. The art and story together create a magical-realist and consistent world that is forever crumbling, like ours, as we struggle through youth and age doing the best we can with what we have. Recommended.

Also recommended is the anime (with soundtrack by Plaid) which I saw after reading the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Hutchison on September 11, 2008
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I am pretty picky with the manga I read, because in general I think the stories are just crap... and the art is often times... well generic boring manga (at least most of the stuff that makes it to America). But Black and White is truly a gem. The line work in the art is so beautiful and contoured and slightly haphazard. It is hard to imagine a better style of art to tell this dark and childish story. It is whimsical and violence rolled into a big katamari of wonderful manga!!

So if you are the type who occasionally dabbles in manga and are on the fence about this, then: definitely check this one out.
And if you already love manga, well then also read this because it is awesome.
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