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Yakuza Moon: The True Story of a Gangster's Daughter

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In this lively and inspiring adaptation by a rising star in the manga world, and with illustrations by a leading artist, Shoko Tendo's powerful story has been recreated. Yakuza Moon is a heartrending and eye-opening account of her experiences growing up in Japan's gangster society.
Born into the family of a wealthy yakuza boss, Shoko Tendo lived her early years in luxury.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Kodansha
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A fascinating graphic memoir of a woman who has lived her whole life under the shadow of organized crime. I cannot compare it to the actual memoir, as I didn't even know about it until I stumbled upon this graphic novel. Still, it does pack a punch. Shoko's life is frightening and brutal and yet she finds ways to keep herself afloat. I have always wondered what life must be like for the women who are, by extension, part of the Yakuza families. Unsurprisingly, it's not too good. Overall, this is ...more
Mar 07, 2016 Tammy rated it liked it
This is the true story of Shoko Tendo. She was born into a life of luxury as her father was a powerful mob boss. In Japan these groups are known as Yakuza. However, when he father was sent to prison the family feel into debt. When their father returned home he had become a mean violent drunk and he never reclaimed any power in the Yakuza or any of the wealth that went with that status.

As a young teen Tendo was bullied by her classmates and feel in with her older sisters gang. Tendo became a pro
Ainun Nazrin
It's actually 2.5*.
I have this idea that Shoko-san's autobiography is as interesting as Yankumi's in Gokusen (I know it's a fiction!). However I thought that her life will be kind of different than non-yakuzas - that she got proper training in self-defence or at least her father brought her up in yakuza education. But, none I could find in this manga. Maybe her book is different?
Nur Hanifah
Umm....A real story which was full of description that you totally understood what was the situation was like, feeling,... all your senses come to live. I read it once and it really made a deep impression,I still can remember a number of parts in the it 4 years back
Dec 31, 2012 Dean rated it liked it
The manga adaptation of Shoko Tendo's 'Yakuza Moon' is a pulpy, purple memoir that has little to do with the Yakuza and more a recollection of bad boyfriends and other such unsavory characters. Michiru Morikawa's artwork is excellent and the highlight of this one.
Sep 03, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok

I think I would like to read the full version of this, the manga version is all experience, no depth or description, or scene setting. The art is ok, but with such historically rich material to work with and build on it certainly could have been better.
Jul 05, 2015 168811 rated it liked it
I started it expecting the usual memoir of a drug addict similar to Christiane F.'s Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, but it turned out to be a lot more self-critical and sober than that. I finished it with a great deal of respect for the author.
Oct 17, 2015 Nina rated it liked it
Great work for Manga fans. The artwork is brilliant! Though, if you are interested or want to find out (more) about Shoko Tendo’s life, I recommend to invest a little time and read the real deal!
Mar 28, 2015 Martha rated it really liked it
Very interesting autobiography. I'm always interested in Japanese books since I lived there.
Jun 10, 2012 Beth rated it liked it
Quick read. Decent graphics. Engaging enough to make me want to read the original work.
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Sean Michael Wilson is a comic book writer from Scotland, who now lives in Japan. He has had more than a dozen books published with a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers. Although also writing 'western' style graphic novels, such as adaptations of classical novels, he often works with Japanese and Chinese artists on manga style books. He is currently writing books for big Japanese publisher ...more
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