Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

Book - 2011
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"[A] semi-autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of World War Two. The soldiers are instructed that they must go into battle and die for the honor of their country, with certain execution facing them if they return alive"--Publisher's web site.
Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2011
Edition: 1st softcover ed
ISBN: 9781770460416
1770460411
Branch Call Number: GN MIZUKI 2011
Characteristics: 372 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Allen, Jocelyne 1974-
Alternative Title (Original Script): 総員玉砕せよ!

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nparrish
Sep 13, 2016

Better than I hoped. This story has a multitude of characters of different ranks & backgrounds, all equal on the battlefield...As one thinks, "This is how everyone else felt when they died, alone & helpless". Sad & real.

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Nords
Aug 08, 2011

I've gotten into a kick recently, reading and watching a lot of stuff about the pacific theatre of war during WWII. This graphic novel was first released in the 70's in Japan and is only now out in english. It is a mostly true story and follows a group of Japanese Soldiers in their last weeks before a kamikaze attack. It is very moving and sad and gives a poignant look at the "enemy" and how even they, while they loved their country, questioned the futility of their cause. Some of the drawings are very simple while others very detailed. However, because the story didn't stay with just one or two soldiers I wasn't as invested in any one character so this took away from getting very emotionally attached (unlike in the mini-series "The Pacific" or the movie "Letts from Iwo Jima"). If you are into this aspect of WWII history you should read this. Remember to read from back to front as this is a Japanese book.

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