In this interview, translator Alan Gleason talks to Keiji Nakazawa about The result was a page autobiography in comics form, Ore wa Mita (I Saw It). Originally written in , I Saw It is a translation of Keiji Nakazawa’s Ore wa Mita. The comic is an autobiography following Nakazawa’s. I Saw It (Keiji Nakazawa, ). Click HERE to follow along. Keiji Nakazawa ( ). Posted by Christopher Sobieniak at PM.

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They finally got clear, but by the time they surfaced, the attack was over. After the death of his mother, also a survivor of the bombing, he wrote this brief 48 pages autobiography.

Nakazawa’s purpose in keiij it was to teach a new generation about the horror and reality of atomic war. So it was like the big manga weeklies we see nowadays, like Shonen Jump?

As we speak, the U. And I read a lot of cent comics — Westerns and adventure stories — which I think were the inspiration for the Japanese gekiga genre.

She draws the frame lines, erases the penciling, puts in the screen-tone, cleans it up. Do you have any favorite cartoons or cartoonists from the U.

He Saw It: Manga Artist and Hiroshima Survivor Keiji Nakazawa

The first I heard of it was when one of my zaw got a hold of it. In recent years, there have been more comics with a point of view, as you mentioned; comics that address social issues, as Barefoot Gen did. When those series ended, I started working as an assistant for Naoki Tsuji, who was a very popular cartoonist.


I crawled out from under it. This had a big influence on me.

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After the war, he came to see us and told us what my father had said to him before he left for Pearl Harbor. Americans, too, generally know about the two A-bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but hardly anyone knows about the extent of the B air raids that leveled most Japanese cities before that. Keiji submitted one of his manga creations nakazaaw the magazine Omoshiro Book which accepted and published it. They made no effort to convey their point of view — if they had one — to the reader.

All their wars in the past century were fought overseas. Now retired from cartooning, Nakazawa lives with his wife in the suburbs of Tokyo, but he still spends much of the year in his hometown.

Oshima put a group of volunteers together and called it Project Gen. The radiation exposure which had ruined her health and killed her at an early age had eaten away at her bones to the point where after the cremation there was nothing left.

Did you write about your own Hiroshima experience in those works? In an instant thousands of lives were destroyed, while the city’s buildings, books and paintings caught fire and burned. At some point black rain started to fall on us. There were clouds of flies everywhere. You gave nakkazawa approach keiju blessing, but I wondered — how do you feel about seeing your work appear backwards, a mirror image of the original? Nov 13, at 2: The editors who read Struck by Black Rain were very moved by it and told me to write more.

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Did your classmates think you were nakazaaw for being a tough guy who also drew cartoons? Comics were new and exciting. They were trapped under the fallen beams of our house and burned to death there. How did your mother react to your desire to become a professional cartoonist?

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I spent all my free time reading it over and over. I wanted to tell the story of the artist to show how people can overcome the greatest adversity.

Trivia About I Saw It: Mark rated it really liked it Apr 16, Nov 16, Travis added it.