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Set in Japan's warring states era, this classic manga tale follows the tragic fortunes of a disabled and disfigured youth named Hyakkimaru. At an early age Hyakkimaru's father offered forty eight of the child's body parts to a cadre of demons in return for power and fortune. Now the blind, mute boy embarks on a quest to reclaim what will make him whole again. Slaying a never-ending series of demonic beasts and ghouls, Hyakkimaru, accompanied by a young thief named Dororo, crosses the country only to find that humanity may be the true monsters they fear.
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Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a medium for children. His many early masterpieces include the series known in the U.S. as Astro Boy. With his sweeping vision, deftly interwined plots, feel for the workings of power, and indefatigable commitment to human dignity, Tezuka elevated manga to an art form. The later Tezuka, who authored Buddha, often had in mind the mature readership that manga gained in the sixties and that had only grown ever since. The Kurosawa of Japanese pop culture, Osamu Tezuka is a twentieth century classic.

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2009 Eisner Award Winner-By far Tezuka's edgiest work at that point in his career, this series is riveting and, frankly, creepy as hell, with Tezuka's signature 'cute' style offering a welcome counterpoint to the visceral horrors depicted. Highly recommended.- --Publishers Weekly-The premise and Tezuka's eerie renditions of larval Hyakkimaru and the monsters that come after him is unusually effective and chilling.- --The Onion A.V. Club-It's the pioneer of the manga tradition wading neck deep into the mire of freakish swordsmen, ghouls and historical messiness: Kurosawa and Leone meets Romero... Dororo stands as a classic that showcases Osamu Tezuka's unique approach to manga and to the world.---Aint't It Cool News-Sleek in design and swift in pacing, the story's blend of mayhem and laffs and depression creates a uniquely chaotic world... The monster designs are excellent, ranging from detailed etchings to gargantuan masses of doomy scribbles.- --Jog-The Blog 2009 Eisner Award Winner"By far Tezuka's edgiest work at that point in his career, this series is riveting and, frankly, creepy as hell, with Tezuka's signature 'cute' style offering a welcome counterpoint to the visceral horrors depicted. Highly recommended." --Publishers Weekly"The premise and Tezuka's eerie renditions of larval Hyakkimaru and the monsters that come after him is unusually effective and chilling." --The Onion A.V. Club"It's the pioneer of the manga tradition wading neck deep into the mire of freakish swordsmen, ghouls and historical messiness: Kurosawa and Leone meets Romero... Dororo stands as a classic that showcases Osamu Tezuka's unique approach to manga and to the world."--Aint't It Cool News"Sleek in design and swift in pacing, the story's blend of mayhem and laffs and depression creates a uniquely chaotic world... The monster designs are excellent, ranging from detailed etchings to gargantuan masses of doomy scribbles." --Jog-The Blog 2009 Eisner Award Winner By far Tezuka s edgiest work at that point in his career, this series is riveting and, frankly, creepy as hell, with Tezuka s signature cute style offering a welcome counterpoint to the visceral horrors depicted. Highly recommended. Publishers Weekly The premise and Tezuka s eerie renditions of larval Hyakkimaru and the monsters that come after him is unusually effective and chilling. The Onion A.V. Club It s the pioneer of the manga tradition wading neck deep into the mire of freakish swordsmen, ghouls and historical messiness: Kurosawa and Leone meets Romero Dororo stands as a classic that showcases Osamu Tezuka s unique approach to manga and to the world. Aint t It Cool News Sleek in design and swift in pacing, the story s blend of mayhem and laffs and depression creates a uniquely chaotic world The monster designs are excellent, ranging from detailed etchings to gargantuan masses of doomy scribbles. Jog-The Blog" 2009 Eisner Award Winner"By far Tezuka's edgiest work at that point in his career, this series is riveting and, frankly, creepy as hell, with Tezuka's signature 'cute' style offering a welcome counterpoint to the visceral horrors depicted. Highly recommended." --"Publishers Weekly""The premise and Tezuka's eerie renditions of larval Hyakkimaru and the monsters that come after him is unusually effective and chilling." --"The Onion A.V. Club""It's the pioneer of the manga tradition wading neck deep into the mire of freakish swordsmen, ghouls and historical messiness: Kurosawa and Leone meets Romero... Dororo stands as a classic that showcases Osamu Tezuka's unique approach to manga and to the world."--"Aint't It Cool News""Sleek in design and swift in pacing, the story's blend of mayhem and laffs and depression creates a uniquely chaotic world... The monster designs are excellent, ranging from detailed etchings to gargantuan masses of doomy scribbles." --"Jog-The Blog" "Tezuka's work is about as essential and far-reaching as manga gets, and "Apollo's Song" only adds that much more weight to an already massive reputation. Start here, and if you're intrigued, "Ode to Kirihito" and "Buddha "also await you. There's never been anything like Tezuka's body of work, and there probably never will be again." - Serdar Yegulalp "Osamu Tezuka invented a whole new grammar of comics storytelling and his place in the history of Japanese comics is about as central as Siddhartha's place in the history of Buddhism." "- Art Spiegelman ""Sleek in design and swift in pacing, the story's blend of mayhem and laffs and depression creates a uniquely chaotic world... The monster designs are excellent, ranging from detailed etchings to gargantuan masses of doomy scribbles."" --Jog-The Blog ""Tezuka's masterwork is an enlightening demonstration of the limitless potential of the comics medium."- "Gordon Flagg" "It's the pioneer of the manga tradition w

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