Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

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  • Shigeru Mizuki is the pre-eminent figure of Gekiga manga and one of the most famous working cartoonists in Japan today–a true living legend.

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Product Description

  • Artist
    Shigeru Mizuki  
    Author
    Shigeru Mizuki  
    Binding
    trade paperback  
    Cat No.
    2319391  
    EAN
    978177046041652495  
    Genre
    Anime & Manga  
    ISBN
    9781770460416  
    Publisher
    Tor  
    Type
    Manga  
  • Shigeru Mizuki is the pre-eminent figure of Gekiga manga and one of the most famous working cartoonists in Japan today–a true living legend.

    Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths is his first book to be translated into English and is a semi autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of World War II. The soldiers are told that they must go into battle and die for the honour of their country, with certain execution facing them if they return alive.

    Mizuki was a soldier himself (he was severely injured and lost an arm) and uses his experiences to convey the devastating consequences and moral depravity of the war.

    Mizuki’s list of accolades and achievements is long and detailed. In Japan, the life of Mizuki and his wife has been made into an extremely popular television drama that airs daily. Mizuki is the recipient of many awards, including the Best Album Award for his book NonNonBa (to be published in 2012 by D+Q) and the Heritage Essential Award for Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Special Award, the Kyokujitsu Sho Decoration, the Shiju Hosho Decoration, and the Kodansha Manga Award.His hometown of Sakaiminato honoured him with Shigeru Mizuki Road—a street decorated with bronze statues of his Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro characters—and the Shigeru Mizuki International Cultural Centre.

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