Paperback Ayako

By (author) Osamu Tezuka

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  • Publisher: Vertical Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 704 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 202mm x 52mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1935654780
  • ISBN 13: 9781935654780
  • Illustrations note: BW ILLUSTRATIONS
  • Sales rank: 92,553

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Initially set in the aftermath of World War II, Ayako focuses on the Tenge clan, an once-powerful family of landowners living in a rural northern Japan. From the moment readers are introduced to the extended family, it is apparent that the war and American occupation have begun to erode the fabric that binds them all together.

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Author information

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, when he 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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A 2011 Eisner Award Nominee A 2010" About.com "Best Manga of the Year Selection" ""Best New Seinen/Josei Manga of 2010--Drama "Ayako" depicts horrifying events, but it is beautifully presented. Connoisseurs of comics craft will find much to admire in Tezuka's cinematic approach to paneling, pacing, and illustration. Peter Mendelsund's striking design gives this 1970's story a modern mood to attract mature readers."--"About.com " "Panel after panel flows effortlessly, composed in such a way that it draws you in, despite the cartoonish characters that Tezuka is so well known for. His scenery and backgrounds show a vibrant land slowly weighed down by filth and corruption... While I have been dismissive of Tezuka's work in the past, I am fully convinced by "Ayako"... This book is one of Vertical's finer achievements and a must-have for any Tezuka or intelligent comics fan. 9.5/10" --"Comics Village" " ""It is a portrait of humanity's dark side on par with Dante's "Inferno"... With so many interlocking storylines, all meticulously charted up to the final page, this drama plays out on a stage so grand that only Tezuka could have conceived it. Even the artwork reaches heights that are yet to be surpassed today... For pure story and visual impact, one of the best ever. A-" --"Anime News Network" "Like some of Vertical's previous long-form Tezuka releases--"MW" and "Ode to Kirihito" in particular--"Ayako" isn't afraid to get dark and dreary. In fact, "Ayako" may be one of the bleakest yet. That is, of course, said as a term of endearment; this nearly 700-page work sucks you into its twisted narrative from the very first chapter, and its grip only gets icier as the pages turn... From Peter Mendelsund's elegant cover design to Mari Morimoto's dialect-infused translation, this is another must for fans of Osamu Tezuka and comics in general." --"Otaku USA"