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@Read Epub ó NonNonBa ì The first English translation of Mizuki s best loved work NonNonBa is the definitive work by acclaimed Gekiga ka Shigeru Mizuki, a poetic memoir detailing his interest in yokaispirit monsters Mizuki s childhood experiences with yokai influenced the course of his life and oeuvre he is now known as the forefather of yokai manga His springbook, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, was featured on PRI s The World, where Marco Werman scored a coveted interview with one of the most famous visual artists working in Japan todayWithin the pages of NonNonBa, Mizuki explores the legacy left him by his childhood explorations of the spirit world, explorations encouraged by his grandmother, a grumpy old woman named NonNonBa NonNonBa is a touching work about childhood and growing up, as well as a fascinating portrayal of Japan in a moment of transition NonNonBa was the first manga to win the Angoul me Prize for Best Album Much like its namesake, NonNonBa is at once funny and nostalgic, firmly grounded in a sociohistorical context and floating in the world of the supernatural I truly enjoyed the book Nonnonba was a lovely granny that I felt i have known and loved forever I traveled to the boys world and felt the magic of Shige s imagination And of course I loved the Yokais and how they helped Shige s journey to be a grown up. I first read Onward to our Noble Deaths by Mizuki, his serious anti war story based in his own experience as a soldier Lately I read the first volume of Showa, his epic history of twentieth century Japan My understanding is he is best known, even revered, for his Kitaro YA series, which is light, humorous, and centers on y kai or roughly, ghosts , a class of supernatural monsters and spirits in Japanese folklore What is an example of y kai A kappa, which is similar to a turtle Y kai usuall I first read Onward to our Noble Deaths by Mizuki, his serious anti war story based in his own experience as a soldier Lately I read the first volume of Showa, his epic history of twentieth century Japan My understanding is he is best known, even revered, for his Kitaro YA series, which is light, humorous, and centers on y kai or roughly, ghosts , a class of supernatural monsters and spirits in Japanese folklore What is an example of y kai A kappa, which is similar to a turtle Y kai usually have a spiritual supernatural power Many are animals Y kai that have the ability to shapeshift are called obake NonNonba is a memoir about how Mizuki became a manga ka, inspired by a grandmotherly woman who lived in his house while he was growing up She was particularly aware of y kai, and thus so was he, as it turns out Her discussion of them shaped his world as a child, and he was always fascinated by them in Japanese and other cultures In this book we get anecdotes early on of various types of y kai that they encountered, but eventually the story begins to center on a young friend, a girl, who was also sensitive to y kai He naturally became a believer A student of y kai, which he remained all of his life.The book is kind of an answer to fan questions about how he got to be an artist and how he got interested in y kai, and it is a completely wonderful book for that, but in it you get to know him and NonNonBa very well, and you also get to know his artistic and unconventional and also encouraging father It s a great story, with some surprising aspects of I feel reluctant to spoil for you, but one of these dimensions has to do with a spooky girl he meets and befriends who is also psychic or y kai aware We also shift in emphasis from ghost stories to some unfortunate circumstances the mysterious girl faces Muzuki doesn t just care about y kai he cares about storytelling, about characters, about people Onward to our Nobel Deaths and Showa are serious and humane works, with sometimes angry political content, but in NonNonba we get a softer, gentler Muzuki, sweet, telling of his family and friends as he grew up The Muzuki adored by millions of fans In NonNonba Mizuki also shows himself involved early on in typical boyhood battles war games with other boys, an issue that I was initially less interested in, though this gets resolved satisfactorily as he runs from a typical macho boy world to the world of a peaceful life, a life of art I realized, as thought about it This is the life Muzuki came to live, and he resents his participation in actual war, and Japan s misguided participation in wars He turned and he turns us to art and the life of folklore and folk beliefs and the life of the spirit Mostly in NonNonba I liked the y kai stories and characters, all completely taken for granted as part of life as would be the case in many cultures And his wonderful relationship to NonNonBa and the girl, of course.An essay by Kimi Imura, a folklorist, comes in an appendix, discussing his life long interest in ghosts and spirits In fact, late in life he accompanied her to Ireland to look into local folklore on faeries Muzuki, who died in October 2015, was a member of the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, and was seen as a serious folklore scholar in Japan, as manga isrespected in Japan than comics still are in the west though that is changing, surely, for the better here He is a manga folklorist and is honored as that in Japan.NonNonBa was the first manga to win the Angoul me Prize for Best Album It is so great to have this finally translated in English Muzuki also won the Tezuka Prize, which points to the way he assumed the role of the godfather of manga after Tezuka died Muzuki balances old school cartoony figures with amazingly detailed realistic scenes as Tezuka did When Mizuki died he was a manga ka rock star in Japan, with two major tv series focused on him and his work His work and this volume in particular is highly recommended, sweet and fascinating, a master work of manga artistry NonNonBa A Japanese Yokai Expert In Search of British Fairies, by Kimie ImuraNotes This book is fantastic It s a manga artist s fantastical memoir, a sort of ars poetica, and it draws a world in which intricate relationships are always to be navigated and the world doles out a lot of kicks and an occasional perfect kiss what was it that Voltaire said There is a great depth to the people and the story and a beautiful humor and lightness that makes it sad and joyful with the feeling of the unsimple simplicity of childhood wrapped around one s shoulders like a dear old flann This book is fantastic It s a manga artist s fantastical memoir, a sort of ars poetica, and it draws a world in which intricate relationships are always to be navigated and the world doles out a lot of kicks and an occasional perfect kiss what was it that Voltaire said There is a great depth to the people and the story and a beautiful humor and lightness that makes it sad and joyful with the feeling of the unsimple simplicity of childhood wrapped around one s shoulders like a dear old flannel at every turn.In this book we meet young Shigeru, or Shige, and a grandmother figure NonNonBa, who teaches him a lot about bravery and integrity, and also folkoric ghosts and spirits called y kai Much of the book is structured around Shige s relationship to NonNonBa and their run ins with y kai.Shige struggles with a lot of things school, friendship, his growing distaste for the war games played by his peers, and his growing desire to dedicate his time to drawing comics He makes friends with two girls who are very important to him, and who suffer in ways that he doesn t have the power to mitigate This influences him and deepens his connection with NonNonBa and his father.His father is something of a dreamer, a charming impractical man who encourages Shige and shares his love of stories His mother is perhapspractical and a bitstrict, but loving and also with soft edges Here is a great review that contextualizes Mizuki s work thanks David