Tokyo is a bustling metropolis filled with life, catering to both successful businessmen and the down and out alike. From a man who’s shackled to life because of his ailing mother to a tale of a struggling mangaka, humanity’s darker moments are revealed with sadness and shame. Whether it’s the tale of a man and his monkey or the vengeful feelings of a disfigured woman, many dreams and stories are told with insight and empathy.
It should be noted that the author of this manga: Tatsumi Yoshihiro - is widely regarded and respected as the founder of 'gekiga'. This was a movement which in the 60s/70s strived to create more mature manga suitable for an adult audience who had grown up reading what were still arguably Western-style cartoons. With this in mind 'Abandon the Old in Tokyo' is a dry, sombre series of short-stories each... read more
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