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Showa 1926-1939
Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan | Shigeru Mizuki
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A fascinating period in Japanese history explored by a master of manga Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan is the first volume of Shigeru Mizuki's meticulously researched historical portrait of twentieth-century Japan. This volume deals with the period leading up to World War II, a time of high unemployment and other economic hardships caused by the Great Depression. Mizuki's photo-realist style effortlessly brings to life the Japan of the 1920s and 1930s, depicting bustling city streets and abandoned graveyards with equal ease. When the Showa era began, Mizuki himself was just a few years old, so his earliest memories coincide with the earliest events of the time. With his trusty narrator Rat Man, Mizuki brings history into the realm of the personal, making it palatable, and indeed compelling, for young audiences as well as more mature readers. As he describes the militarization that leads up to World War II, Mizuki's stance toward war is thoughtful and often downright critical--his portrayal of the Nanjing Massacre clearly paints the incident (a disputed topic within Japan) as an atrocity. Mizuki's Showa 1926-1939 is a beautifully told history that tracks how technological developments and the country's shifting economic stability had a role in shaping Japan's foreign policy in the early twentieth century.
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Sace
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These have been sitting on my shelf forever. I'm thinking I might make May a month for #manga and other graphic tomes. I've got so many I've been meaning to get to. It's that time of year where school is winding down and schedules are crazy. Manga and graphic novels will be easier to read.

LauraJ Everything Mizuki does is great...or better 🖤 9mo
bullbunny Joined a manga/graphic/comic swap for May. Curious what will become of it 9mo
Sace @bullbunny oooo... Swap? I hate that I missed that! Is it here on Litsy? 9mo
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Sace @LauraJ agreed! Honestly I've only read one of his works but I loved it. 9mo
Clare-Dragonfly My husband loves the Showa series. 9mo
bullbunny @RestlessFickleBookHoarder sorry fell asleep, still time to sign up! Go to my page and click on the organizers name 9mo
Sace @bullbunny just signed up! 9mo
bullbunny Woot! 9mo
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Sace
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It's corny, but I think I'm going to try to do a weekly post about #manga. Please feel free to post your own Mondays are for Manga. 😁

This week I'm sharing two wildly different ones. That's one thing I love about manga- the diversity.

Princess Jellyfish is a series about some lovable oddballs trying to save their house with the help of a wealthy cross-dresser.

SHOWA is a history of Japan from 1926 - 1989.

Leniverse Yay! Please do. Manga Monday works for me. 2y
Sace @Leniverse thanks for the encouragement! I'm already making notes for future posts! 2y
Sace Oh, and tagging the first volume of 2y
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AnneCecilie What a great idea. I've wanted to read manga for years, but don't know where to start. Maybe this can help me? (edited) 2y
tammysue I‘ve never read manga but it sounds interesting. Going to check if Library has a copy of Princess Jellyfish. 👍🏻 2y
Eyelit Very cool! Thanks 😃 2y
Sace @AnneCecilie yay! I'm not a manga expert at all and really I started reading it late in life so I hope people can still get something out of the posts. 2y
Sace @whatshesreadingnow oh I hope you find a copy! It's such a funny and sweet series. 2y
Sace @Eyelit you're welcome! 2y
llwheeler Great idea! These both sound good 2y
Sace @llwheeler thanks! 2y
bullbunny Princess jellyfish I have been meaning to read and watch! 2y
Sace @bullbunny I can't seem to find a subbed princess jellyfish! I don't do dubbed. 2y
BooknerdsLife Aww I haven't read any manga in ages 😃😍 I still like them but they are just too expensive these days! 2y
Sace @BooknerdsLife that's why it bothers me that libraries don't seem to have them in their collections. 😕 2y
BooknerdsLife @RestlessFickleBookHoarder IKR. It would definitely help. My library has manga section but they are just a tiny collection with no complete set 😐 2y
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rockthetropics
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Current situation. 🤓📚🌙✨

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The art work is masterful. I was not prepared for the amount of historical content, but when I finally got a chance for some uninterrupted devouring, and was able to get over my own lack of Asian geographical knowledge, I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Trying not to let too much time elapse before reading the next installment.

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Smrloomis
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Got a little lost in the details of the political events/figures leading up to Japan's invasion of China, but overall an interesting read. Looking forward to reading the second book.

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Smrloomis
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Someone in my house who has already read this: "isn't the part where such and such happens really terrible???" Me:"I haven't gotten there yet!" The other person:"oops! He he." Me: ?

LeahBergen 😡 3y
Centique That's just about a capital offence 😳😳😳 3y
Smrloomis @Centique @LeahBergen yeah, the offending party shall remain nameless 😠 3y
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TrishB 😱😱 3y
LindsayReads Noooooooooo 3y
Bette That's the worst. 😡😰 3y
tjwill I hate that! Sorry that happened to you! 😖 3y
minkyb Hate that. 3y
Smrloomis @tjwill @TrishB @LindsayReads @Bette @minkyb thanks for feeling my pain on that 👍🏽 3y
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Smrloomis
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No surprise but this is really good 👍🏽

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Smrloomis
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Just picked this up from the library 😁

BiblioNyan Oooh ENVY!! My library doesn't carry it. 😭 3y
Smrloomis @Bibli0.Nyan can you request it??? 3y
Faibka Nice! 👍 3y
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Britafish
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This struck a cord given the events of this week.

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Britafish
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This seems like a fun way to learn about Japan.

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prowlix
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More childhood memoir told along side the historical events leading up to the second Sino-Japanese War. So many facts told in a nice introduction fashion! Definitely recommend if your interested in Asian history but don't know where to start. This will give some events and people as jumping off pt!

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Kosugi
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Taking time out from novels for an edumactional history/bio manga!

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prowlix
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Apparently I read them out of order? There are also 1926-1939 and 1944-1953 volumes. If this is your wheelhouse with war memorial or Asian history or WW11 non-fiction you need to check this shit out!

BestOfFates I keep meaning to read that series! 4y
prowlix @BestOfFates I'm really enjoying it! I think there may even be a fourth volume but it looks like my library doesn't carry it. Asian history is a topic I'm trying to read wider 4y
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This was great! This is both a personal memoir and a history of Japan during the beginning of the Showa Era. It was a very entertaining and interesting way to learn some history.

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Ange44
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Checking this out now. I am basically obsessed with Japanese literature, so why not check out this manga about the history of Japan? I'm looking forward to this.

LauraJ Mizuki is amazing. 4y
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balletbookworm
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Beautiful first volume in Mizuki's manga series about the history of Japan during the Showa era (Emperor Hirohito's reign) which overlapped with Mizuki's lifetime. Loved the parallel narratives (his life and Japan's) with respective contrasting art styles.

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