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Dororo. 1
Tezuka, Osamu
Adult Fiction TEZUKA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The late master manga storyteller Tezuka (Astro Boy; Phoenix) returns with the next volume of his 1967-1968 horror/samurai epic, and the dire doings escalate to horrifying levels as young swordsman Hyakkimaru continues his quest to reclaim his stolen body parts from a gaggle of demons, accompanied by the self-described world's greatest thief, the diminutive Dororo. This time their wanderings bring them into carnage-laden conflict with fearful villagers, carnivorous fox spirits, opposing actions in a border war, a face-stealing evil Buddha statue, unrestful child ghosts and a nobleman whose loving marriage to a moth demon brings about shocking tragedy. Along this journey of despair, vengeance and the darkest of magic, Hyakkimaru encounters long-lost members of his family--with devastating results--while secrets from Dororo's past are revealed in the presence of a monk who persuades Hyakkimaru that an aspect of his thieving companion may offer a hint to his mission in life once he completes his odyssey of righteous killing. As per the previous volume, this is compelling stuff and notable among Tezuka's works for being almost relentlessly downbeat, gruesome and genuinely creepy, all elements somehow enhanced by the artist's appealing animation-influenced visual style. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Cursed in the womb by his warlord father, Hyakkimaru is born without 48 organs and abandoned by his parents. After being rescued and raised by a kindly doctor, he wanders the war-torn countryside of medieval Japan slaying demons with a set of weaponized prosthetics. Accompanied by the child thief Dororo, he witnesses countless scenes of suffering brought about by supernatural forces, the greed and cruelty of humanity, and the whims of fate itself. Manga and anime legend Tezuka's (Astro Boy) unmistakable rounded art style may initially seem out of place alongside the grim subject matter, but the combination of dynamic action scenes and truly eerie monster designs will quickly draw in readers. Vertical's original three-volume release of Dororo won the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Japan in 2009 and is not significantly different in content from this omnibus edition. Verdict A welcome second chance to pick up a manga classic in a more convenient and affordable format. Highly recommended for broad graphic novel collections and Tezuka fans.-Neil Derksen, St. Mary's Cty. Lib., Charlotte Hall, MD (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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