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Message to Adolf Manga Volume 1 (Hardcover)

4.5 star rating out of 5
3 Reviews
SKU: 9781935654438

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About Message to Adolf Manga Volume 1 (Hardcover)

Message to Adolf manga volume 1 features story and art by Osamu Tezuka and is presented in this hardcover edition.

It is 1936 in Berlin, Nazi Germany. A Japanese reporter named Sohei Tohge is covering the Berlin Olympic Games for the Japanese press. As he sits in the Japanese press box watching the many track and field events of the day, he receives a call from his younger brother Isao, who has been studying in Germany as an international student. The two make plans to meet as Isao mentions he has something of importance to share with his sibling. While Sohei initially thinks his little brother may have found a young frau, Isao's tone is clearly that of one who is troubled by topics much heavier than romance.

When Sohei arrives at Berlin University, he finds his brother's room has been through some sort of violent ordeal. A mysterious message was left on a note pad and a window was left wide open, and tangled in the branches of a tree directly below Isao's window rested his dead body. Isao was murdered.

Sohei immediately attempts to investigate the murder, but all traces of his younger brother's study in Germany have instantly vanished.


  • Publisher: VERTICAL
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery
  • Themes: Historical
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • Page Count: 648
  • Dimensional Weight: 2
  • Written Language: English

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Ratings & Reviews

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4 star rating out of 5

A Surprisingly Adult Series


If Tezuka's style is too goofy/silly for your taste, I could recommend this title to get you started. This is a historical drama with a compelling plot that will keep you invested and full of information relevant to the biggest armed conflict in human history.

5 star rating out of 5

This is some heavy stuff Doc...

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Like Tezuka's other work, "Ode to Kirihito" this manga is not light reading, but instead serious in it's content and isn't for the lighthearted. However it is a great social commentary of what the world was under fascism and how the common citizenry in two key Axis powers were treated and the heavy censorship of what they had to go through, and how the constant propaganda and fear and suppression can even make the most defiant voices and characters get snuffed out or made into adopting the ideology.

At this time, I am still finishing the first volume and plan on succeeding it with the second volume, but from my other readings of Osama Tezuka's work, there is a lot of moral teachings and great writing and pacing.

The verdict is that I highly recommend it.

4 star rating out of 5

An interesting and engaging read (review for parts 1 and 2)

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I’m not the biggest history buff, but I was always somewhat interested in WW2 and Hitler. I got this cause of that and the fact it was made by Osamu Tezuka. In all, I enjoyed these books more than I thought and I actually learned a few things. If more history was presented in a way I like, I’m sure I would know a lot more. Anyways, I was pretty engrossed with these books and wanted to know what happened next as it went on. These books are pretty lengthy and wordy, so it’ll probably take you a while to read it, which can be good or bad. And it is not afraid to get DARK. It’s history and in the real world, so it really puts the violence and themes into perspective. The first book has moments here and there, but it ends with a bang (pun intended sorry). Then the 2nd book really turns it up. It really made me look at history differently and see that nothing is safe and probably won’t have a happy end (kinda). But overall, I’m glad I picked this one up and would recommend it. (4.5/5 stars)