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The Trial of Kitaro
By (author): Shigeru Mizuki Translated by: Zack Davisson
9781770463325 Paperback, Trade English COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / General Jan 14, 2020 Print Run: 6000
$18.95 CAD
Active 5.44 x 7.5 x 0.6 in | 180 gr 184 pages Black and white illustrations throughout Drawn & Quarterly
In the seventh volume of Shigeru Mizuki?s defining series, our beloved hero Kitaro stands accused of beating up his fellow yokai to protect the human populace. He is put on trial for crimes against Yokai. Witnesses are called from both sides, but when Nezumi Otoko takes the stand, all bets are off. Will Nezumi Otoko be for Kitaro or against him? Only the biggest bribe will tell! The Trial of Kitaro features five bizarre and amusing adventures. In every story, Kitaro has his hands full. He faces off against Kasha, a vicious demon cat; tries to quell a magical cooking pot; battes a sea monster; and solves the mystery of a three-eyed bird. This volume features comics from the golden age of Gegege no Kitaro - the late 1960s. These stories appear in English for the first time in a kid-friendly edition, with translations by Mizuki scholar and series translator Zack Davisson. The Trial of Kitaro also concludes Davisson?s ?History of Kitaro? essay and offers another round of ?Yokai Files,? which introduce the folklore of Japan?s monsters and supernatural beings. This final volume of Shigeru Mizuki?s renowned Kitaro series is not to be missed!

Shigeru Mizuki (1922-2015) was one of Japan's most respected artists. An artistic prodigy, he lost an arm in World War II to a bomb while suffering from malaria. After the war, Mizuki became one of the founders of Japan's latest craze?manga. He invented the yokai genre with Ge ge ge no Kitaro and founded the gekiga?dramatic manga? movement with autobiographical wartime accounts such as Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths. He has received almost every award the comics industry has to offer, including the Kodansha Manga Award, Eisner Award and the Angouleme Award, as well as the Shiju Hosho Medal of Honor and the Order of the Rising Sun. Shigeru Mizuki is a specialist in stories of yokai and is considered a master of the genre. He is a member of the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, and has traveled to over sixty countries around the world to engage in fieldwork on the yokai and spirits of different cultures. He has been published in Japan, South Korea, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Italy.

?Shigeru Mizuki's Kitaro stories remain some of the most influential works of horror and folkloric dark fantasy? a wonderful piece of manga history.??Anime News Network ?Mizuki [shifts] from the eminently realistic to the cartoonish, presenting a world beneath the surface of our own in a stunningly believable fashion.??Publishers Weekly

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