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Tekkon Kinkreet

(Black and White #1-3)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  2,323 ratings  ·  135 reviews
El decadente barrio Takara-chô está en el punto de mira de un grupo de emprendedores yakuza, que lo quiere convertir en una especie de Disneyland. Pero Shiro (blanco) y Kuro (negro), dos huérfanos de nueve años casi analfabetos que conocen mejor que nadie el lenguaje de la violencia, van a cruzarse en su camino, no porque tengan un sentido muy arraigado de la justicia, ...more
Paperback, Colección Seinen Manga, 616 pages
Published by Glénat España (first published 1994)
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Nate D
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nate D by: Maya
Balanced between the exhilaration and bitter ugliness, Tekkon Kinkreet is the story of two orphans who serve as the Yin and Yang of a rough city deep into a sort of perverse, mob-driven Disneyfication. The visual style is uniquely shaky and visceral, the frames packed with motion and rushing skylines with a sort of grotesque charm, and the same can perhaps be said of the motley cast of characters. Occasionally reveals its serial creation with unnecessary episodes, but much less so than a lot of ...more
Jeff Jackson
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
"Tekkonkinkreet melted my mind. Originally published in 1993 it tells the story of two street orphans who control their piece of Treasure Town through a cheerful violence. It was for me a life affirming work as I, like Black and White, spent much of my time kicking mobsters in the teeth, hanging out on building tops and wrestling with which fucked up hat to wear. Fitting restlessly into the company of Oliver Twist and Tom Sawyer with a solid dose of The Five Deadly Venoms, it teaches that you ...more
Adam Wescott
Dec 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: manga-lovers who want something different; older teenagers
White is an eleven-year-old orphan, perpetually innocent but a bit dim. Black is a thirteen-year-old orphan, street-smart but extremely violent and slightly off his rocker. The two boys live in an old beat-up car in the worn-down district of Treasure Town, Osaka, and spend their days flying (yes, you heard that right, flying) from roof to roof, protecting what Black calls "their" city from any gang members, yakuza and alien assassins (alien assassins, right) who are unfortunate enough to cross ...more
Joey Comeau
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommendations
This is one of my favourite comic books. It's surreal and sort of mystical in a way that isn't lame, but is instead psychological and unexpectedly violent. I was very surprised by this book.


Two years after first reading this book, I have come back to it again and again, each time finding more to love. This has gone from being a really nice surprise and "one of my favourite comic books" to being my favourite BOOK, period.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, manga, favorites
All the wildness of youth and all the beautiful decay of the big city, in one 600 page package. Nobody draws like Matsumoto -- all canted angles, loose lines, and bodies in perpetual motion. He fills his pages with sad men with bad posture, and tough kids with their mouths and their eyes wide open to the world. The book starts out as two brothers against the universe, and ends as a touching story about achieving balance and remaining true to yourself while accepting changes in the world around ...more
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, manga

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Tekkon Kinkreet was originally published as a Japanese manga in 1993. The title is a pun on "Tekkin" and "Concrete", the Japanese term for reinforced concrete.

Just four years before creating Tekkon Kinkreet, Taiyo Matsumoto had traveled to France for artistic research. The style of art in this book was heavily the French comics he studied there. It's a mixture of French line art with Japanese manga paneling.

The story is about two orphans, Black and White, who
Pete Lee
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorites. Few people have clashed magical realism with street nihilism the way Matsumoto has. The story centers around two street urchins in a timeless Japanese city, trying to protect it against gentrification (brought on by gangsters and aliens?) all the while trying the survive the harsh streets. But it does not feel particularly outlandish or cartoonish because the characters, their speeches, and their struggles were all wonderfully detailed. The movie that came out this ...more
Anne Ishii
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
originally read it in Japanese a while ago, this is the sweetest, saddest, most beautiful coming-of-age brothers story ever.

(Aren't they cute? :D)

I think that picture seems to resonate with the essence of this book since I see a glimpse of love and peace in the midst of extreme violence. Formerly, it’s hard for me to follow the storyline since its narrative style is somehow dreamlike and Matsumoto adds some elusive elements, such as Black and White’s ability to fly, or three (alien?) assassins that are greatly strong and humongous. So, I decided to watch the movie first (a bit tricky, eh? :D). I agree with Gabriel’s
Jedi JC Daquis
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tekkonkinkreet has a unique charm that engulfs you whenever you read it. It is outright violent, yet there's a calm and visceral tick you will feel. Black and White and the whole of Treasure Town will really get into your heart in an odd way, and I really cannot explain it, but certainly gave me a smile by the time I finished reading the book. There may be some skirmishes (chapters) which I think are unnecessary, and annoying HYUUUUUs, plus really, really weird things which the author didn't ...more
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They shoulda sent a poet... I can't find words to describe how good this is. It's all loose-limbed surreal manga, street kids making impossible leaps through a weird Moebius Tokyo, packed with detail. It's whimsical but there's a bite to it - you feel every punch, and the toll it takes on Black and the other inhabitants of Treasure Town. Black and his innocent other half White are surprisingly subtly sketched, and their relationship keeps the comic grounded.

Around the edges flit yakuza and cops
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first manga I read, and was wonderful experience.
I Watched lots of anime by now, so I was reading and immediately imagining how this or that would be presented in the anime form. I was constantly in wonder of the story's density. I could have been looking at a single panel and see the same amount of information and emotion squeezed into it as into dozens of frames in the movie. Faces, details of environment, sounds (written sounds, isn't it weird?), all was really easy to comprehend.
"Boys will be boys."

First off, and the most important part of this review, fuck VIZ for making this left-to-right. Legitimately hard to read when I'm so used to translated manga in its proper direction. It's as though VIZ just compiled their old "Black & White" releases into an omnibus rather than doing this book from scratch. Interestingly, the flow of the paneling isn't exactly ruined, but there are many parts that make it hard to tell whether the book was completely "flipped" or otherwise
Michael Scott
Tekkon Kinkreet investigates the premise that true friendship can conquer all hardships. But this is no easy friendship and the hardships are not of a regular kind. In a magical realist style (think Gabriel García Márquez, Haruki Murakami, and Salman Rushdie), Matsumoto introduces to the reader Black and White, one pessimistic and destructive, the other optimistic and ... part destructive, part helping creation. The two live in the streets of a concrete-cum-slum city, which they nevertheless ...more
Mar 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After watching the movie, I picked up the manga with high hopes. Most of those hopes were shattered in the first few pages. The storytelling feels disjointed (purposefully so, as the different threads of the story are all told at the same time, weaving the different plots through two or three panels on one page), leaving me with that much more work to piece together all the characters and their motivations. While the movie fixed that problem (while jumping around enough to match the manga it was ...more
Mayank Agarwal
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Was expecting a lot from it being the most popular of Taiyo Mastsumoto's work but disappointed.

As with all his work he exterminates with the Art. It's unique and ugly. Not to my liking. By the time i took to it,the manga was over.

The story about the two kids having polar personalities living in the crime filled town seem meaningless in the beginning but as you start Volume 3 it start's making sense. The subtle way the story unfolds and the conclusion to all the plots (Black & White , Rat
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Matsumoto Taiyo's work enacts a beguiling poetic of violence. This manga, initially serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits, has never before been printed in one volume and we are lucky to finally see it. Kuro and Shiro (Japanese for Black and White) veer from roof to roof and from surreal, bloody encounters to those strangely endearing; it's best though when these collide into something new and powerful. Frenetic and breath-taking, Tekkon Kinkreet is what proved to me that manga can be ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an awesome movie and even more awesome manga. I love the style of art. The violence is disturbing and simultaneously unrealistic and realistic. the story is about balance and imbalance. youthfulness and youth (in child and adult). love and hate. the fluidity of realism and fantasy (i loved that especially). there were really no female characters and that was perfectly alright because the book didn't FEEL like it hated women. and i'll add the fact that, on their own, several sequences simply ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally read this unique artwork, years after falling in love with the animated movie.
I thought maybe the lack of ambient music and vivid colors would be very different from the atmosphere of the movie, but I was wrong, this is perfect in its original version.
The drawings are fascinating, mastered at an impressive level, and this author really has talent to instill life and emotions to his characters. It is as dark and tortured and realistic while dream-like than his other book I read, but here
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
I think it's weird I had never heard of this before I found it at the comic book store, when it's been around long enough and popular enough for there to actually be a movie made of it, which I'd also never heard of before. I am either boring and old or seriously not up on my manga at all these days. Anyway, the real star here has got to be the totally unique, dynamic art style which reminds me of the energy of the art in the original Tank Girl filtered through a cleaner, Japanese lens. The ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Reading this was a learning experience. I spent 4/5ths of it confused about the point the artist was trying to make, then it paid of with an incredible conclusion, which tied everything together, and left me deeply impressed. A truly visionary work.
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, favorites
Tekkon is a great combination of interesting story and terrific characters. Taiyo Matsumoto immerses you in the world of Treasure Town, and the book is unexpectedly good at getting emotional responses out of you. I couldn't put this one down.
The most striking thing about Tekkon Kinkreet is the art. It’s unlike any manga art I’ve seen. In fact, it has more in common with something I’d find in American underground comics than Japanese comics. Matsumoto’s spindly, dynamic lines and imperfect figures take on a life of their own. The world he draws – a dystopian metropolis – feels absolutely lived in. The closest comparisons I can think of are Paul Pope and Sin City-era Frank Miller.

Storywise, this was a grower for me. It had to be.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I somehow saw this movie and got it later as a present from my mom. I watched the crap out of it. When I found out it was a manga I wanted to read it desperately. So I waited year after year. Spanning from my early 20s to now almost 30. I finally got to read it. Once again, like each time I always get tears. I was attracted to the art style and the boys. The struggle that Black has and the happiness/innocence of White. I feel very connected to Black and White with my own struggles internally and ...more
Eva Inzu
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would say I love this book physically, pretty dust cover and cover. I like the color, it would be very nice if all is full color.. hehe.. About the story itself, I quite understand.. and about the character well.. I can relate with Black and I would say White is very blessed child. This Black and White characters, I can say represent human itself.. or there are these type of person. I think it's deeper than that...
Andrew Loof
I saw the movie a few years ago because I loved the studio's style. The comics are just. They're wonderful. I love the artist's style so very much and the story delves into some interesting nihilist and existential ideas that are a lot of fun. The characters are memorable and relatable. I recommend this one to anyone
Stewart Lindstrom
This is one of those times I feel compelled to give a work five stars that I never wish to read again. Matsumoto's vision is grotesque and yet humane. Contained within these pages are some of the greatest action sequences in comics. And yet it is too dark for me. A masterpiece, yes, but one that's not for me.
Sasha Boersma
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Took a while to get into the story - I put it down many times through the first few chapters - but once in it was a fantastic escape, if you like books with that post-apocalyptic tone.

The detail on the pages is incredible once you get into the story. The story itself exploring the connection and yin/yang relationship between Black and White was compelling.
Kätti Rob
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel is drawn with a lot of imagination, I was totally absorbed by the world. A lot of questions on the dynamics and transformations of a city is illustrated here by a constant fight between good and evil and a questioning of these concepts.
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Beautiful, sad, gruesome. Not for those who are faint of heart and those who have a low tolerance for gruesome and visually explicit violence. For me? I loved it. A nice edition to the connotations associated with White/Black. ...more
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Although Taiyo Matsumoto (松本大洋) desired a career as a professional soccerplayer at first, he eventually chose an artistic profession. He gained his first success through the Comic Open contest, held by the magazine Comic Morning, which allowed him to make his professional debut. He started out with 'Straight', a comic about basketball players. Sports remain his main influence in his next comic, ...more

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