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Robert Ridgeway
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from NPR:
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
by Shigeru Mizuki and Jocelyne Allen
Paperback, 368
When he was 21, Shigeru Mizuki was drafted into the Japanese Imperial Army and sent to Papua New Guinea, site of one of the fiercest battles of the Pacific campaign. When his unit was completely wiped out by Australian forces, Mizuki heroically struggled back to base, only to be reprimanded by his superiors for surviving. This classic 1973 manga, based on Mizuki's wartime experiences, explores with crystalline irony the absurdities of life during wartime. The moon-faced Japanese grunts in Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths face a catch-22 even more insane than Yossarian's: In an army devoted to engineering the glorious deaths of its soldiers, only in failure can success be ensured. Translated into English for the first time, this is a powerful, maddening and at times bitterly funny war story — a revealing look at World War II from the opposite side.

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http://www.npr.org/2011/12/20/142602316/excerpt-onward-towar...
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AnalogGamer wrote:
from NPR:
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
by Shigeru Mizuki and Jocelyne Allen
Paperback, 368
When he was 21, Shigeru Mizuki was drafted into the Japanese Imperial Army and sent to Papua New Guinea, site of one of the fiercest battles of the Pacific campaign. When his unit was completely wiped out by Australian forces, Mizuki heroically struggled back to base, only to be reprimanded by his superiors for surviving. This classic 1973 manga, based on Mizuki's wartime experiences, explores with crystalline irony the absurdities of life during wartime. The moon-faced Japanese grunts in Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths face a catch-22 even more insane than Yossarian's: In an army devoted to engineering the glorious deaths of its soldiers, only in failure can success be ensured. Translated into English for the first time, this is a powerful, maddening and at times bitterly funny war story — a revealing look at World War II from the opposite side.

Excerpt:
http://www.npr.org/2011/12/20/142602316/excerpt-onward-towar...


No one makes rape, pedophilia, suicide and war atrocities cute and fun the way the Japanese do.
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It makes more sense if you read the text boxes from right to left then down
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as a contrast, this all-too-accurate article:
"U.S. Military Sends A Few More Of Those Things Over To Afghanistan To Replace Dead Ones"
http://www.theonion.com/articles/us-military-sends-a-few-mor...
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