Westword counts SHIGERU MIZUKI’s ONWARD TOWARDS OUR NOBLE DEATHS as a best new-release

David Foster Wallace's unfinished novel tops our new-release picks for April 12, 2011

Westword    |    Thorin Klosowski     |    April 12, 2011

Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki
Generally speaking, when Americans think of manga, they envision children fighting robotic dragons while driving a flying car through a rainbow-tornado in a futuristic city. That's not always the case, and more often that not, manga is a platform for telling deeply personal stories. Case in point: Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths is a semi-autobiographical account of Mizuki's final weeks in the Japanese infantry at the end of World War II. It wasn't a pretty time: Soldiers were told they could either trudge deeper beyond enemy lines in what were essentially suicide missions or return home and face execution. Mizuki tackles this topic with the wherewithal of someone who was deeply involved and understood the consequences on both ends.

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