Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima
(Detail from a panel of volume two, this is from p. 6 of Barefoot Gen - The Day After)
Its taken me a while since I finished the tenth and final volume of the Barefoot Gen series to write up a thorough review. Its hard to say why, exactly, (the cause could simply be laziness) though I suspect the power of the subject matter has as much to do with it as anything else. Keiji Nakazawa, Gens author, was a 7 year old child living in Hiroshima when the first atomic weapon obliterated the city and ...more
The books juxtapose cartoons and the trivialities of youth with the singularly gruesome, nightmarish truths of using nuclear ...more
If there's one graphic novel that I'd recommend to anyone, even if they hate the manga style with a passion, it would be Barefoot Gen. Also a shocking if not completely horrific and graphic film, this is the story of a young boy caught in the chaos of WWII's Hiroshima, the disaster that leaves him struggling to survive when the people around him are destroyed in an instant. He's resilient, but the terror awaiting him and his family makes for a powerful cautionary tale for any reader. This is ...more
After finishing the manga that's all I have.
Real life story of the Atomic Bomb survivor. My words can't describe the pain amd the horror that this manga carries and the bravery young Keiji showed at the time of absolute death , his family members dying infront of his eyes and complete decimation of Hiroshima. Both the book and the movie are true saga of human cruelty and at the same time incredible bravery.
Keiji Nakazawa is a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in Aug'45. Barefoot Gen is his alter ego. He says he imagined his alter ego standing atop a roof, barefoot, raising his voice loud and clear, over and against the destruction his ...more
The portrait shows a hard life in cruel situation. Hunger is the dominant theme. There is great conformity as people parrot their support for the emperor and the honor of dying for ...more
It doesn't shy away from Japan's own guilt: there's allusions to their war crimes in Korea and China, there's showing the brainwashing and manipulation of the population, how uselessly the military high command wasted young lives in ...more
Not very good art. And this is shonen - and very shonen-like, for young boys, not for adults. But... This is so strong anti-war manga!
This is story one family in Hiroshima during war. Father is animilitarist, he is sent briefly into prison and all family suffer because it. They are marked as "traitors". The children are bullied and the oldest, 17-years old Koji, is volunteer into army because it (for sake his family). Father hates him because it. And he then suffers in army. The ...more
My only issue was with the artwork, and it is on my end, not Nakazawa's. The drawings were clear and the pacing was great. I just had trouble getting into the art ...more
After completing my reading, I can safely say that I liked the first four volumes the best. They are far more coherent than the rest and show a clear sense of direction, with a tighter cast than the following books. What I find most interesting is the slow whitling of political messages the longer the series goes ...more
This graphic novel is far from perfect because of the "overacting" (is this the right word? idk) which in my opinion is very old style but it discussed a very dark and heavy yet important topic; the bombing of Hiroshima.
I'd say it was courageous of Mr Nakazawa to recalled & retold the story of his own experience in this masterpiece. To see the bombing and aftermath of the fateful event. While reading, I noticed that the author and I have similar opinion about the war. The one that...more
I read this book for a ...more
This is book one of a ten part series, and I am delighted that Project Gen has made English translations available.
Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of manga style comics, so have steered away from that whole section of graphic novels. Reading this book has changed my mind, and I plan to ...more
This first volume deals with the events leading up to the bomb drop and what life was like for the average Japanese during World War II. There was very little food, and citizens were starving. Yet they were being brain-washed into blind obedience to ...more
Perang memang selalu menyesakkan. Perang mengorbankan begitu banyak hal. ...more