Showa: A History of Japan Volume 4: 1953-1989
The final volume of the Eisner-nominated history of Japan. Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan concludes Shigeru Mizuki's dazzling autobiographical and historical account of Showa period Japan, a portrait both intimate and ranging of a defining epoch.
The final volume picks up in the wake of Japan's utter defeat in World War II, as a country reduced to rubble struggles to rise again. A former enemy becomes their greatest ally as the USA funnels money, jobs, and opportunity into Japan, hoping to establish the country as a bulwark against Soviet communist expansion. Japan reinvents itself, emerging as an economic powerhouse. Events like the Tokyo Olympiad and the World's Fair introduce a new, friendly Japan to the world, but this period of peace and plenty conceals a populace still struggling to come to terms with the devastation of WWII.
The original Japanese edition won the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award; the English translation has been nominated for an Eisner Award.
Author/Artist: Shigeru Mizuki
Translator: Zack Davisson
Publisher: Drawn And Quarterly
Page Count: 560pp
Size: 6.5 x 8.75 x 2
Notes: b/w, paperback, b/w, Japanese format
Date of Publication: September 29, 2015