Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867196016 (image from bn.com) This one's a bit tricky to describe, as it's the last of the series. It's satisfying in one way and has so much in it that it probably could've made enough material for two more books. It's not some super-thick volume, it's just a lot that's tackled in these … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen, vol 9: Breaking Down Borders, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867196009 (image from bn.com) This volume is a mix of juvenile hijinks done in the name of protest and Gen's knowledge that he's going to have to grow up and figure out what to do with his life. His family is scattered and Natsue is getting worse in her health, ready to die. … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 9: Breaking Down Borders, by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen, vol 8: Merchants of Death, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867195996 (image from bn.com) This volume has a darker tone to it than some others, and that's even after all the death we've read about so far, and the challenges Gen and the other children have faced. Gen and Ryuta are trying hard to keep their families going (adopted and otherwise). I love … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 8: Merchants of Death, by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen, vol 6: Writing the Truth, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867195972 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, volume 6 continues with our plucky and occasionally violent hero, Gen, his friends, and family trying to survive on meager rations and wits even a few years after the Hiroshima bomb dropped. We start with Gen, Ryuta and the kids trying to sell skulls with kanji curses … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 6: Writing the Truth, by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen, vol 5: Forever Changed, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867195965 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, vol 5 has much the same as 4 did, and yet expands on the new realities of post-war Japan. Gen is getting less patient with hopeless attitudes and hypocrisy (which if you've been reading along, hypocrisy is the one thing he's NEVER been okay with in others). … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 5: Forever Changed, by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen, vol 4: Out of the Ashes, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867195958 (image from bn.com) It's amazing how far Gen's come as a young boy, and how much farther still to become a good man. This fourth volume of the Barefoot Gen story continues with our hero and his family trying to make ends meet, even as things get stranger and tougher. The Americans … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 4: Out of the Ashes, by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen, vol. 3: Life After The Bomb, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

My Copy: 9780867195941 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, vol. 3 continues with Gen and his mother Kimie still trying to find a place for them away from Hiroshima until thing stabilize. Gen picks up a stray kid, one he'd mistaken for his little brother in the last book, and he becomes part of the family, … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol. 3: Life After The Bomb, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

My Copy: 9780867196191 (image from bn.com) Whew--the first volume wanted to knock me down with what I'd read, the way Gen's family was portrayed and how things changed the day the bomb went off. Now, we're in the aftermath, the living death and struggle to survive... if one wants to survive at all. Barefoot Gen … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

Barefoot Gen, vol 1, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

My Copy: 9780867196023 (image from bn.com) I'm trying to remember where and when I first heard or saw Barefoot Gen mentioned, but it was either in regard to graphic novels and their place in the classroom, or it was some internet analysts breaking down anime styles and stories over the years. Perhaps it was both. … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 1, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)