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Barefoot Gen Series by Keiji Nakazawa
Japanese school board bans acclaimed anti-war manga
A Japanese manga series considered an anti-war classic has caused a stir in Japan after a school board in the country's south-western city of Matsue removed it from all its school libraries. The volume manga series, Hadashi No Gen Barefoot Gen , is based on author Keiji Nakazawa's own experience, at the age of six, of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, in which both his father and brother were killed. The series began in , when it was serialised in a leading manga magazine. It is regularly reprinted and read by children learning about the second world war, and has been adapted for film several times. The comics criticise the late Emperor Hirohito, who ruled from to his death in , and in whose name Japan fought the second world war. In addition to their stark depictions of the aftermath of the bombing, the final parts graphically illustrate atrocities committed by the former Japanese army, such as beheadings.
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Atom bomb. Unimaginable horrors. Survival against all odds. Bearing witness. Hope for peace.
The series started in the June 4, , edition of Shueisha Inc. Nagano died in Shueisha received a large number of letters from readers, including children, who said they had been able to understand the suffering of A-bomb victims for the first time or that they wanted to learn more about the event, even though they could barely look at some of the scenes depicted. The gut-wrenching theme of the series failed to win widespread popularity, however, forcing Shueisha to discontinue it after one year and four months. Recalling an early memory of his hometown in Toyama Prefecture, which was devastated by aerial attacks during the war, Yokota said he could not hold back tears. When he learned that Choubunsha Publishing Co. It has also been translated into some 20 languages, including English, and more than 10 million copies of the story in its various forms have been printed to date.
Loosely based on Nakazawa's own experiences as a Hiroshima survivor, the series begins in in and around Hiroshima , Japan , where the six-year-old boy Gen Nakaoka lives with his family. After Hiroshima is destroyed by atomic bombing , Gen and other survivors are left to deal with the aftermath. It was subsequently adapted into three live action film adaptations directed by Tengo Yamada, which were released between and Madhouse released two anime films, one in and one in In , a live action television drama series adaptation aired in Japan on Fuji TV over two nights, August 10 and