Barefoot Gen creator Keiji Nakazawa passes away

Keiji Nakazawa, the creator of Barefoot Gen, has died at age 73. I wrote about him for Robot 6, and Jonathan Clements reprints an interview he did a few years back at Schoolgirl Milky Crisis. David Brothers recalls the impact the anime had on him when he watched it as a pre-teen:

Barefoot Gen is an important movie to me because it turned an abstract idea concrete. “The atomic bomb is awe-inspiring and amazing, a true triumph for America!” turned into “The atomic bomb is awful. We murdered innocent people and the effects are still being felt today.” I’ve spent most of my life on or around air force bases, and as a kid, war was exciting. Fighter pilots, right? Glamorous. Awesome. But I didn’t understand the cost. I didn’t understand collateral damage, acceptable losses, and war crimes.

I was a kid then. I’m glad I learned better.

Johanna Draper Carlson takes a look back at the year 2012 in manga at Comics Worth Reading.

The Manga Bookshelf bloggers discuss their picks of the year for 2012 as well as this week’s new print manga and this week’s new releases from JManga. Also at Manga Bookshelf, Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith devote their final Off the Shelf column of the year to two books of short stories, Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something and Takako Shimura’s The Devil Is So Cute, Melinda posts a new episode of her video series My Week in Manga, and Travis Anderson has a license request, Fumi Yoshinaga’s Kinou Nani Tabeta? Also: Matt Blind compiles his list of the manga best-sellers for the week ending December 23.

Tony Yao discusses a moment from Pandora Hearts that reflects his own feelings about the burdens of life.

News from Japan: Rumiko Takahashi will draw a special InuYasha one-shot for the tenth issue of Shonen Sunday, which is a benefit for the Heroes Come Back earthquake charity. Kekkaishi creator Yellow Tanabe plans to launch a new series in Shonen Sunday in the spring.

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf bloggers file their final set of Bookshelf Briefs for the year. Ash Brown looks at a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Alice in the Country of Hearts (Manga Village)
Ash Brown on vol. 1 of Aron’s Absurd Armada (Experiments in Manga)
Sakura Eries on vol. 1 of Aron’s Absurd Armada (The Fandom Post)
Erica Friedman on Asago to Kase-san (Okazu)
Erica Friedman on Akaniero Confiture (Okazu)
Kristin on vols. 16 and 17 of Bakuman (Comic Attack)
Andre Paploo on vol. 3 of Blood Blockade Battlefront (Kuriousity)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Blood Lad (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 6 of Bunny Drop (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Justin on chapter 12 of Cross Manage (Organization ASG)
Richard Bruton on Danza (Forbidden Planet)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 2 of A Devil and Her Love Song (Blogcritics)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 7 of Dogs: Bullets and Carnage (The Comic Book Bin)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 4 of The Earl and the Fairy (The Comic Book Bin)
Erica Freidman on Eden no Higastotsuka (Okazu)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 19 of Higurashi (The Fandom Post)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 19 of InuYasha (Blogcritics)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 7 of Itsuwaribito (The Comic Book Bin)
Sean Gaffney on Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Phillip Anthony on vol. 1 of A Kiss on Tearful Cheeks (Manga Bookshelf)
Erica Friedman on Kisu wa Owari de Hajimari de (yuri doujinshi) (Okazu)
Erica Friedman on K-ON! College (Okazu)
Alex Hoffman on vols. 1 and 2 of The Limit (Manga Widget)
Matthew Warner on vol. 4 of March Story (The Fandom Post)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Mayo Chiki! (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
John Rose on vol. 1 of Missions of Love (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 13 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (The Comic Book Bin)
Sean Gaffney on vols. 1-3 of Neon Genesis Evangelion (omnibus edition) (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Manjiorin on vol. 2 of Oreimo (Organization ASG)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 3 of Oh My Goddess (Blogcritics)
Matthew Warner on vol. 65 of One Piece (The Fandom Post)
Ken H. on Orion (Comics Should Be Good)
Connie C. on Parasyte, Skip Beat! and Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths (Comics Should Be Good)
Anna on vols. 3 and 4 of Pride (Manga Report)
Matthew Warner on vol. 7 of Psyren (The Fandom Post)
Erica Friedman on vol. 3 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Okazu)
Matthew Warner on vol. 10 of Rosario + Vampire: Season II (The Fandom Post)
Erica Friedman on vol. 8 of Sailor Moon (Okazu)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Slam Dunk (Blogcritics)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 2 of Soulless (The Fandom Post)
Shannon Fay on vol. 1 of Start With a Happy Ending (Kuriousity)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 1 of Triage X (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (I Reads You)

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