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Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan Manga

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About Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan Manga

Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan features story and art by Shigeru Mizuki.

Showa 1953–1989: A History of Japan concludes Shigeru Mizuki's dazzling autobiographical and historical account of Showa period Japan, a portrait both intimate and ranging of a defining epoch. The final volume picks up in the wake of Japan's utter defeat in World War II, as a country reduced to rubble struggles to rise again. The Korean War brings new opportunities to the nation searching for an identity.

A former enemy becomes Japan's greatest ally as the US funnels money, jobs, and opportunity into the country, hoping to establish it as a bulwark against Soviet communist expansion. Japan reinvents itself, emerging as an economic powerhouse. Events like the Tokyo Olympiad and the World's Fair introduce a new, friendly Japan to the world, but this period of peace and plenty conceals a populace still struggling to come to terms with the devastation of World War II.


  • Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Documentary, Drama
  • Themes: Historical
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Release Date: 10/14/2015
  • Page Count: 552
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Written Language: English

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Mizuki's Bumpy Road to Success


What happens to a soldier after the war? How does someone find work in a country completely decimated? Where does someone live? Find love? Mizuki's time after being a soldier is covered in this final volume. His struggles after his experiences are amazing. He covers some of his really hard times trying to become a manga artist and his successes. It is an amazing journey he managed entirely with one arm.