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Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi

(Get Jiro #2)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  524 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Acclaimed chef, writer and television personality, Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose (Kill The Poor) return for the follow-up to their #1 New York Times bestseller GET JIRO from Vertigo.

In GET JIRO: BLOOD AND SUSHI, Bourdain and Rose examine the origins of the mysterious Jiro and what made him into the chef he has become.  Born the heir to a Yakuza crime family, Jiro never lo
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Vertigo (first published October 20th 2015)
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I goofed again and I read #2 before the 1st volume, but this time it might have worked out in my favor as this is a prequel so all this happened before book 1 I am assuming.

Well, this was interesting. It certainly had some blood and gore. This is set in the Tokyo Mob. Jiro is the younger son and the more responsible one. The older brother is a loose cannon. Their father is the head of a business and mafia type organization. Jiro really wants to be a Sushi Chef. He spends his nights working under
Sam Quixote
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Oh noooooooooooooooooooooo! The first Get Jiro was so good – how has the sequel turned out so poorly?! It’s one of those paradoxical sequel/prequel dealios: it follows the first book but it’s a precursor to the first book’s story. Blood and Sushi is Jiro’s origins – and it’s disappointingly weak and kinda pointless too.

The first book hinted at Jiro’s past: the Yakuza back tattoo, his proficiency with blade weaponry. You could give a fair guess as to his background. Well, this book confirms it:
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Once I was finally able to stomach watching my unwatched episodes of Parts Unknown, I decided to try Tony's genre fiction, starting with his graphic novels. Get Jiro! and Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi are the only two graphic novels in this series, and between the two the world building seems to have changed or flipped or ceased to matter. I really noticed it because I accidentally read the other volume first.

So apparently this one is an "origin story" of sorts, where Jiro is the son of a mob boss b
More than fish heads go flying when Quentin Tanrantino meets Iron Chef.

A furious and compelling read, but ultimately the plot seems too familiar to be truly satisfying.
How did the son of one of Japan's most powerful gangster become the deadly sushi chef who took down the LA food mafia in "Get Jiro!" (

I loved the idea of a kid who only dreams of making the world's best sushi, but who's father expects him to take up the life of crime that has been the family business for all these years. However, the very bloody Yakuza drama strikes a much darker tone than the first volume; a lot of the tongue-in-cheek humor has been rep
Angus McKeogh
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Just a quick diversion with a graphic novel. Quirky and fun. Bourdain’s fiction is really very good, and I love that he’s a part of this comic book series. Certainly it’s open for a third.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
What Sam Quixote said!
Stewart Tame
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
It's nice to revisit the world of Get Jiro. Blood and Sushi is a prequel to the original tale. Set in Japan, the story shows us a younger Jiro, heir to a Yakuza family, but who secretly wants to be a sushi chef. He tries to keep the worlds of crime and culinary training seperate, but, inevitably, they conflict, and Jiro must choose whether to inherit the life his father wishes for him or to follow his dreams.

While I enjoyed this story, it felt like a lesser effort compared to the original. It's
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
(Received from Netgalley for review.)

This is Jiro's origin story, and it reads more like a straight action movie than the previous book. I think I liked the first one a bit more, though. It had more focus on the food, which is what really interested me. This one has a lot more truly senseless violence, and Jiro's brother is so over the top as a character that he was more annoying than fun after awhile. And even with the back story, Jiro still isn't terribly interesting as a character. But as an
This trade paperback is the prequel to the original Get Jiro! The book is reasonably entertaining, but does not measure up to Bourdain’s other endeavors. I have enjoyed the TV shows and the first memoir, so maybe my expectations were too high. I just was not impressed. Although I did like this a little, mostly the artwork, it was nothing special. A fairly familiar gangster narrative that leans too heavy on the sensibilities of Kill Bill.
Michael Giuliano
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
While I think volume 1 has more ass-kicking and culinary exploration (which I like even more than ass-kicking), this volume definitely has more pathos, and shows a lot more of who Jiro is/was as a person before the events of the first book. If you liked the first, then you'll like this one.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
The prologue story to Get Jiro! of his life in Japan.
Mary Brickthrower
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty good and entertaining read but I still prefer the 1st one; also really enjoyed Ale Garza's art and Dave Johnson's cover.
Amar Pai
Jan 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I didn't like the art style in this one. Way different from Get Jiro #1. This time around all the gratuitous sex and violence just seemed stupid. I just wanted to see food preparation
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A prequel that only Anthony Bourdain can write and Ale Garza can draw. A beautiful heartbreaking tale which could have been 5 stars if I love food that much. Cool.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delightfully bloody and full of little moments of snark.
Jacqueline O.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
This is the prequel to Get Jiro! , Anthony Bourdain's debut comic. Here we get a small glimpse of Jiro's origins, how he lived in Japan and how he came to live in America.

Interestingly, Get Jiro! depicted L.A. as a sort of foodie dystopia, a wasteland essentially ruled by Food Network chefs turned mob bosses, where all forms of traditional entertainment disappeared, but this comic has a very different tone. There's no attempt at a creative setting in this. What we see of Japanese society seems
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
What a bummer.

I really enjoyed the first book in this graphic novel series. What's not to love? It involves Anthony Bourdain, violence, and food. Sign me up! I was happy to see that there was a new book.... But I was left disappointed.

This second novel is a backstory. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Honestly? I found it boring. I don't know how that's possible. It's chock full of violence and sex and crime and the Yakuza and still, I was left with a "meh" feeling. Maybe it's because it's
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I originally picked this one up because I'm a fan of Anthony Bourdain, a chef well-known for his bad boy personality and his great food travels around the world (check out his TV shows and books). I also noticed that Vertigo published it, which meant it had to be good. I have to admit that I haven't read the first volume of this series yet, but Blood and Sushi serves as a prequel anyway so that's okay. The artwork was good. I liked the bold lines. I admired the protagonist Jiro, who was a gangst ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
What little was intriguing about the first Get Jiro! was all abandoned for the sequel. An origins story with little, if no, interesting elements. Story full of cliches that make me wonder if it's an homage from Bourdain to old Japanese Yakuza movies, or merely an unimaginative story. The art is well done, but nothing too over the top and striking. Again, nothing memorable. The only parts I really enjoyed were the food related parts--the describing of dishes, foods, the etymology behind them, but ...more
Becki Iverson
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this graphic novel, just as I enjoyed the first one in the series, but I really struggled with the violence. I know that the violence is part and parcel of Get Jiro in the first place, but this book focused far more on the Yakuza/Jiro's pre-story, and it was much, much darker. I was able to handle the first book better since it lived in this fantasy world of a battle between kind of cuisines; this one lives in the far more real, far more terrifying world of the Yakuza. The art is gorge ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was happy to get early access to an ebook of Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi through NetGalley. I've always been a fan of Anthony Bourdain's writing. I'm not a huge manga fan though, so my review reflects that. I read it in about an hour while my baby slept in the stroller, so it's a very quick read. I found some of the humor to be a bit immature and geared towards high school boys, but then other parts were very sophisticated and would totally go over the head of most teenagers. The graphics were j ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, comics
This was the interesting, but bizarre tale of Jiro being part of a gang family where he dispurses mob justice with his lunatic brother in the evening and then late night he trains as a sushi chef from an old man with a lifetime of experience.

Having eaten sushi for the first time after the Jiro documentary, I figured I would see what this was about. What I got was not what I expected in sometimes good and sometimes bad ways.

The relationship with his girlfriend was good, but overall, I had a hard
Thomas Maluck
Nov 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vertigo
What use is a prequel if it reflects nearly nothing onto its partner story? "Jiro used to be involved with a gang and cared about food preparation even before he was a chef," okay.

What use is artwork that continuously obscures faces, figures, and backgrounds in service to padding out a featherweight script? I had this marked as 2-star for a while, but when asked what this book had going for it, I had nothing to say. The colors aren't bad? That's not even a compliment, just an acknowledgement tha
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: goodreads-wins
I have not read the first Get Jiro! comic, though since this is a prequel I figured that it would stand pretty much on its own. It does, but I think that I would have appreciated the story more if I had known what it was building towards. While the plot is a little thin, the atmosphere is fantastic. The illustrations are deeply saturated, the use of color building mood and flavor so effectively that you can almost taste the food on the page (which is lovingly rendered in both description and ill ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Decent artwork, but formulaic and extremely predictable story. The first book was interesting in that it set a scene that had never been done before. Post-apocalyptic, yes, that has been done, endlessly. But a world ruled by gangs of foodies and vegans? Now that's original. This book, however, has no original world-it's basically set in a caricature of Japanese culture. The Jiro back story unfolds exactly as you would predict it to. And the rest of the content consists of pubescent boy fantasy. ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
If you have read Get Jiro and wondered how Jiro got to where he was in LA, then this is the story for you. This graphic novel is slim on dialogue but the images perfectly convey the feelings that Jiro has about not fitting into the yakuza lifestyle and hiding his lessons in becoming a sushi chef. The Japan in this book isn’t nearly as crazy feeling as the LA was in the previous book. I liked the look and story of this collection and hopefully at some point in the future there might be more Jiro ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was pretty disappointing. Granted, I didn't give a super high review of the first, but the things that I liked in it- the food, the slight mocking of foodie culture, etc- that was all missing here. Just a bunch of Yakuza stuff, which felt kind of random and incoherent (that may be harsh... but I can't come up with a better word for the disjointed-feeling events.) I'm just perplexed that everything that was so novel about the first book was pretty much abandoned in this one.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like the first half of this book a lot! I like the middle part of this book a lot. The End of This Book wrapped up way too quick. As much detailed storytelling is in the first act and the second act, the third act felt abbreviated. I very much would have liked to have seen more of the conflict between Ichigo and Jiro. I very much would have liked to have seen the sushi master or hints of the sushi master prior to his appearance in the Final Act
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Anthony Bourdain was the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the mega-bestsellers Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour.

His work has appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and he was a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He was the host of the popular Emmy and Peabody Award winning television show Parts Unknown.

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