This biographical manga is a giant. It clocks in approximately 900 pages so when you consider all the info in the back and the foreword from the translator. I will be upfront and let you know that at the time of writing this review, I’ve only finished the first two chapters which is over half way through the novel. The reason I’m not going to complete it before writing my review is simple. It’s a biography.
The twists and turns in Tezuka’s life are to be loved and valued by the reader and not something to judge for me. I read enough to talk competently about the material and rather than hold my review, I’d preferably get this out there so others can learn and maybe appreciate the content too.
Here’s my huge secret too… I’ve never read or watched anything from Osamu Tezuka aka the God of Manga. But I really want to now. In fact, I would like to read as much of his work as I can discover because this biography has given me a new appreciation and comprehension of his work. Previously I was just put off by his artwork style. That’s no longer the situation since this whole biography is done in his art style. The narrator is even one of Tezuka’s characters, Shunsaku Ban.
I’m not going to recap what I’ve read. The name of the book tells you everything about the content. This story follows with that comes some great and some bad aspects of the publication throughout his entire life and Tezuka. The great is that if you’re interested in biographies or Tezuka you ’re going to get lots of tips. At times, the bad is that there are some dull points because no one’s life is amusing 24/7. or thrilling
However, the pacing for The Osamu Tezuka Narrative keeps this biography from hitting too many of those low points. That and Tezuka’s life is pretty bloody impressive. Another thing that helps the subscriber and the story is that each page is kept to minimal text. There’s giant factoids or no exposition dumps. Instead art and the narrative work together. Talking of the artwork, it includes Tezuka’s storytelling. This is unquestionably one of the most intriguing biographies I’ve read in that it feels like a manga. Story and the art still work together, and the artwork does while the narration does its own job is ’sed by it.
What it boils down to, however, is your interest. Then you’re not going to sit down and appreciate all 900 pages of this if you’re not interested in comic books or manga or biographies. If you have a pre existing knowledge of life and Tezuka’s work , then you ’re sure appreciate reading his journey and to adore. Then there are people like me. I’ve constantly heard compliments for Tezuka. I understand several of his properties, more than I realized. I do. I know and at least comprehend how the world captivated.
I have every intention of finishing this novel, but now that I’ve finished the review I can sit back and simply appreciate the read. Which is something I expect you’ll do too.