The death of a master: rest in peace, Shigeru Mizuki.
Mangaka, author and painter Shigeru Mizuki didn’t publish a single book until he was thirty-five. By this point he was a veteran of the Second World War, injured, unrecovered, in love with Papua New Guinea and its indigenous culture. He was also the younger brother of a convicted war criminal. He'd lived a bit.
If Shigeru Mizuki's NonNonBa were just the childhood memoir of an extremely talented and influential first-generation manga artist, it would be something well worth reading. If it were just a family drama set in the transitional, pre-war years of Japan, when the old, traditional ways were being replaced by the new ways of a more modern, industrialized world, it would be well worth reading...
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