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The Book of Human Insects Manga

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SKU: 9781935654773

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About The Book of Human Insects Manga

The Book of Human Insects features story and art by Osamu Tezuka.

Toshiko Tomura is a genius; the darling of the intelligentsia. A modern-day Michelangelo, this twenty year-old is already an established international stage actress, an up-and-coming architect, and the next recipient of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize as Japan's best new writer. Her actions make headlines in the papers and inspire radio and television programming and, like many great talents, her troubled past is what motivates her to greatness.

Toshiko is also the mastermind behind a series of murders. The ultimate mimic, she has plagiarized, blackmailed, stolen, and replicated the works of scores of talents. Now, as her star is rising within the world of the elites and powerful, she has amassed a long list of enemies frustrated by the fact that she has built critical and financial acclaim for nothing more than copying others' work. Neglected as a child, she is challenging the concepts of gender inequality while unleashing her loneliness upon the world as she climbs the social ladder one body at a time.


  • Publisher: VERTICAL
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • Page Count: 302
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Written Language: English

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Ratings & Reviews

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5 star rating out of 5

Tezuka Dives Into Darkness with Immaculate Form

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The Book of Human Insects is dark. But instead of shoving that darkness in your face as some lesser storytellers might do, Tezuka uses the it to examine characters that are shockingly unique not just for the time period the story was written and set in, but even now in the modern era.

The main character, Toshiko Tomura, has a depth and edge to her that few if any main characters possess, let alone a female one. She is a shocking anti-hero, or possibly even villainous protagonist depending on your position. Reading her story and how she deals with one problem after another is gripping, with Tezuka's traditional cartoony art style contrasting well with the casual horror that the story examines.

An old classic that stands tall today, and would be a nice fit in the home of any manga reader. Bear in mind that the manga is printed so as to be read from left to right, a la English language comics, but that does not at all negatively impact the story.

4 star rating out of 5

Masterpiece of Manga, but less than amazing release

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My only Tezuka work before this was Dororo, and I had heard it was one of his "edgiest" works, and I didn't find it to be edgy; but I still enjoyed it of course. I didn't expect this to be edgy either, but it certainly is. The story is incredible and I would recommend it to anyone.
I am dissatisfied with the fact that they formatted it with mirror images though. The book talks about Tezuka being such a legend in the bio about him, but then changes the work to fit america better. This doesn't change the reading experience too much, but it is still not at all preferable to the original, and loses this outstanding release a star.
Other than that, this is a flawless version of the book.