Tono Monogatari

Category: Book
Translated By: Davisson, Zack
By (author): Mizuki, Shigeru
Subject:  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary
  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / General
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly Publications
Published: March 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.80in x 6.44in x 0.82in
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From The Publisher*

The beloved mangaka adapts one of his country - and the world's - great works of supernatural literature

Shigeru Mizuki-Japan's grand master of yokai comics-adapts one of the most important works of supernatural literature into comic book form. The cultural equivalent of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Tono Monogatari is a defining text of Japanese folklore and one of the country's most important works of literature. This graphic novel was created during the later stage of Mizuki's career, after he had retired from the daily grind of commercial comics to create personal, lasting works of art.

Originally written in 1910 by folklorists and field researchers Kunio Yanagita and Kizen Sasaki, Tono Monogatari celebrates and archives legends from the Tono region. These stories were recorded as Japan's rapid modernization led to the disappearance of traditional culture. This adaptation mingles the original text with autobiography: Mizuki attempts to retrace Yanagita and Sasaki's path, but finds his old body is not quite up to the challenge of following in their footsteps. As Mizuki wanders through Tono he retells some of the most famous legends, manifesting a host of monsters, dragons, and foxes. In the finale, Mizuki meets Yanagita himself and they sit down to discuss their works.

Translated and with additional essays by Mizuki scholar Zack Davisson, Tono Monogatari displays Mizuki at his finest, exploring the world he most cherished.

Review Quote*

"Shigeru Mizuki resurrected Japan's folk creatures as pop culture for the masses."-Matt Alt, The New Yorker

"Shigeru Mizuki's excellent little spooky comics [are] humorous, satirical and folkloric, populated with countless Japanese ghosts and fairies."-Satoshi Kitamura, The Guardian

"Mizuki (NoNonBa) adapts Kunio Yanagita's 1910 folklore history of yokai, or spirits, into an energetic series of manga vignettes that are often silly and sometimes genuinely terrifying... The acrobatic visuals lend these fables a giddy charm, and the inviting collection opens up Japanese history for a broader readership."
-Publishers Weekly

Biographical NoteShigeru Mizuki (1922-2015) was one of Japan's most respected artists and a forefather of manga. He invented the yokai genre with GeGeGe no Kitaro and founded the gekiga-dramatic manga- movement with autobiographical wartime accounts such as Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths. He received the Kodansha Manga Award, the Eisner Award, and the Angouleme Award, as well as the Shiju Hosho Medal of Honor and the Order of the Rising Sun. She was a specialist in stories of yokai. As a member of the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, he traveled to sixty countries around the world to engage in fieldwork on the spirits of different cultures. He has been published in Japan, South Korea, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Italy.