It’s described as “the story of Shogo, a troubled young man who has no faith in love. When his misanthropy reaches its peak, he is met by the Goddess of Love, who condemns him to an eternity of heartbreak.” Also included in the story are travels to other times and places. That explains the chapter shown in the preview, which follows a young Nazi soldier to his death.
I know Tezuka is deservedly well-respected, and I’m disappointed in myself for not appreciating his work more, but I have a really hard time reading a story that features rape and violent death when the characters look like they should be starring in a happy Disney movie for six-year-olds. The cartoony style gets in my way, which is odd, since I don’t have a problem with serious material drawn in a simplified fashion in American independent comics.
I think, and this is an odd thing to say, it’s all the highlights on the large eyes. I just can’t cope with sparkling eyes watching soldiers strip a girl before sexually assaulting her. Nor can I reconcile a story about horror and cynicism with its cute characters. (I had similar problems when friend of the blog Ed lent me Buddha. It was meant to be inspiring and spiritual, and then a funny little animal would run by, and I’d expect it to talk, and boom! there I went right out of the story.)
Other readers may feel differently, of course. Also of interest is this interview with Director of Marketing and Publicity Anne Ishii in which she explains more about the company’s goals.Similar Posts: Apollo’s Song § Ed Solos on Apollo’s Song in Manga Out Loud Podcast § Coming Up: Books Due in June 2006 § More Modernized Tezuka, Please § Two Great Webcomics Today: Sinfest, Comic Critics