We're tackling some dark topics in February with Shigeru Mizuki's Onward Towards our Noble Deaths. This Gekiga-style manga is "a semiautobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of WorldWar II. The soldiers are told that they must go into battle and die for the honor of their country, with certain execution facing them if they return alive. Mizuki was a soldier himself (he was severely injured and lost an arm) and uses his experiences to convey the devastating consequences and moral depravity of the war."
While not well known in the west, Shigeru Mizuki is one of Japan's most beloved manga-ka, most famous for the classic tale of Yokai or traditional Japanese spirits, "Gegege no Kitarou" which was most recently adapted into an anime series "Hakaba Kitarou" which aired on Japanese television back in 2008. At 91 he is one of Japan's oldest cartoonists still working today!
Join us at Next Door Cafe’s Kitchen Table on Saturday, February 15th from 2–4pm. Please RSVP here on Meetup and arrive early for snacks. It's a short read and can be purchased on Amazon or borrowed from the Chicago Public Library.
AnimeChicago Manga Jam meets 2–4pm on third Saturdays to discuss a selected work of manga and its international relevance. Learn more at AnimeChicago.com/mangajam.