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Apollo's Song, Part Two (Apollo no Uta #2)

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In this second half of Apollo’s Song, Shogo, a young man whose abusive childhood has instilled in him a loathing for love, begins to see the virtues of love as he repeatedly experiences love lost from within the depths of his mind. Throughout the ages, his affections for others would bring him inspiration, strength and ultimately joy, unfortunately having been punished by ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Vertical (first published October 17th 1977)
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Ryan Scicluna
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Apollo’s Song Part 1 & 2

Apollo’s Song is the compelling and tragic story of Shogo, a young man who had a difficult relationship with his mother when he was young. Living without a father and an unloving mother that thinks of him as a burden and a mistake, he develops a hate for love and whenever he sees acts of love he is engulfed by a fury that would make him violent.

He acts cruelly through his childhood and when as a young man his is treated with shock therapy in a mental hospital he is c
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Quí Hiển
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I would recommend to buy this than Ode to Kirihito.

Secondly, if Tezuka replaced the goddess Athena with the Phoenix, there we would have had another chapter of Phoenix.

Thirdly, the idea and concept and story-telling part of this book are brilliant but not perfect. Sometimes it was like the story doesn't flow very smoothly. He could have done it ways better.

Fourthly, the story is a mixing metaphor of the Buddha teaching, the reincarnation set in Phoenix and the Greek myth. Many things fo
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Fantasy Literature
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Apollo's Song (Part I and Part II) by Osamu Tezuka is a imaginative tale of out-of-body experience, time travel, fantasy, science fiction, mythology and love, all by the God of Manga himself. If you've never heard of Osamu Tezuka, you are missing out. He's best known in the United States for Astro Boy, his very early comic-turned-anime that was broadcast in the U.S. as a Japanese-import English-dubbed cartoon. Unfortunately, as great as Astro Boy is, it represents Tezuka's early work aim... Read ...more
Matt Mendoza
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just finished it and what a fun ride it was! When Part 1 ended, I thought I knew where Tezuka would take me but I was wrong. Instead of the troublemaker becoming a world-class marathon athlete journey I thought I would witness, he treated me to something much more high-concept and dramatic. That being said, there are some head-scratching moments present because of his high-flying antics. Love, however, is a basic human element and Apollo's Song is about it, from beginning to end.
Michael
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read Tezuka I think I'll just breeze through and add it to the ol' Goodreads (goo dreads?) list, and be done with it. That never happens though, there's always surprising humor, sex, darkness, and ideas heavier than the Disney-style manga portends. An absolute master of the medium, Tezuka does read fast due to the amazing graphic "flow" of his pages. I have to consciously slow myself down to pay attention to the artwork.
A
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first half. The ending feels too obvious even if cruel.
Emily
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Osama Tezuka never fails to amaze me, he is by far my favourite author, manga writer etc. etc.
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Dr. Osamu Tezuka (手塚治虫) was a Japanese manga artist, animator, producer and medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. He is often credited as the "Father of Anime", and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his fo
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Apollo no Uta (2 books)
  • Apollo's Song, Part One