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Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths Paperback – April 26, 2011
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About the Author
Born on March 8, 1922, in Sakaiminato, Tottori, Shigeru Mizuki is a specialist in stories of yokai and is considered a master of the genre.He is a member of the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology and has traveled to more than sixty countries to engage in fieldwork on the yokai and spirits of different cultures. He has been published in Japan, South Korea, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Italy.
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Like the Rising Sun, this graphic novel is told from the Japanese point of view. In this case, the point of view of enlisted soldiers fighting on the Pacific Islands. At this point Japan is losing the war and the Japanese soldiers are frequently drawn into what is literally a suicidal conflict.
The graphic novel is a semi-autobiographical account. The author, Shigeru Mizuki was in the war. From the point of view of the Japanese grunts, the Japanese military was just as dysfunctional and crazy as the Allied military in Joseph Heller's Catch-22. The treatment of the newly enlisted soldiers was brutal. In this account the non-coms regularly ordered the new recruits forward so that they could slap them.
The art in the graphic novel is a strange mix of detailed and realistic landscape with cartoonish soldiers.
Since this is a translated Japanese Manga, the novel reads back to front. The blocks on the page also read right to left, which takes a bit of getting used to.
In some ways this story could be seen as the Japanese side of Norman Mailer's masterpiece The Naked and the Dead. It is a moving and unforgettable narrative on the insanity of war and the organizations that wage it.
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