what an epic tome! this memoir is an interesting peek into the history of manga. the different developments of the market are interspersed with historical and pop culture news flashes so that you can put it in context to what was happening in the wider world. that said, it is filled with minutia. and while much of it is interesting, i don't feel the need to know every small work the author accomplished from the time he was a boy until present. teasingly, it doesn't even cover the meat of his work (as we now know it in the US), of the edgy gekiga. not for the casual fan, but a good read.