I read Osamu Tezuka’s Apollo’s Song today. I never appreciated him or his work before. The Disney look always put me off. I still don’t love the way he drew but I admire almost everything else about this comic. It’s the first Tezuka manga I’ve ever actually read. The main character kills all these doe-eyed animals, which totally changed my perspective on what I thought Tezuka and his work was about. Given the only thing you ever hear anyone talk about is Astro Boy, I guess I don’t blame myself.
Other writers might show a character murdering a person to show how twisted he is, but Tezuka shows him squishing butterflies.
I’d really like to get my hands on his Alabaster. It sounds like Osamu Tezuka’s Wounded Man. It got published in some small quantity for some Kickstarter backers last year, but I don’t think you can find it in English other than that. I guess I could learn French. On the whole of it, French sounds like the next best thing to Japanese, if you were going to learn a language to read comics. Maybe even equal, because there are all those European comics I don’t know about too.
Black Jack has that story where he can’t be with his love because she had a hysterectomey, and must therefore live life as a man (???). Apollo’s Song opens and closes saying baby-making is the true sign of love between a man and a woman. I disagree with these ideas.
Is that Dororo game any good?