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Ode To Kirihito: New Omnibus Edition

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Ode To Kirihito: New Omnibus Edition
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Osamu Tezuka
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 1,Width 1
Category/GenreGraphic novels: Manga
ISBN/Barcode 9781647291198
Illustrations 1 Illustrations, unspecified

Publishing Details

Publisher Vertical Inc.
Imprint Vertical Inc.
Publication Date 3 May 2022
Publication Country United States


A promising young doctor, Kirihito Osanai visits a remote Japanese mountain village to investigate the source of the latest medical mystery. While he ends up traveling the world to discover what it takes to be cured of such a disease, a conspiracy back home attempts to explain away his absence. Hinging upon his fate are those of his loved ones- an unstable childhood friend and colleague trapped between factions of the medical establishment that nurtured him; a fiancee emotionally transformed by Kirihito's mysterious disappearance; and a stranger who becomes his guardian angel, a sensual circus-act performer with volatile psychological secrets. From plutocratic Taipei and racially divided South Africa to backwater Arabia and modern Osaka, ambition and desire beckon "normal men" to behave uglier than any beast. Riveting our attention on deformity and its acceptance like The Elephant Man by David Lynch, Ode to Kirihito examines the true worth of human beings through and beyond appearances.

Author Biography

Osamu Tezuka was born on November 3rd, 1928, in Osaka. He grew up in a liberal family exposed to manga and Walt Disney. As a boy he also had a love for insects; as a grown-up he would incorporate the ideogram for "insect" into his pen name. Having developed an intense understanding of the preciousness of life from his wartime experience, Tezuka Osamu aimed to become a physician and later earned his license, but ultimately chose the profession he loved best- manga artist and animated film writer. In 2020, he was posthumously inducted into the Harvey Award Hall of Fame.