On today's episode of "somehow this actually exists", we have a full manga adaptation of Mein Kampf. Yup. Fuck my life!
As every German high school student gets to learn, Hitler was a REALLY shitty writer! He had energy and charisma that allowed him to give very rousing speeches, but in his writing he just comes across as incessantly whining and batshit insane. The thing about Hitler's often incoherent ramblings is that there is often NO level of consistency. He dislikes Christianity for making the West weak, yet he bans atheism and tries to create a new bullshit version of Christianity. He claims to love Nietzsche who always touted individualism over collectivist ideology, yet Hitler is entirely collectivist in his views. Individuals didn't matter to Hitler and only the group you were born into mattered. A German truck driver or janitor was more important and had more value as a human being than Sergei Korolev or Albert Einstein. An idea that would have made Nietzsche's head explode from sheer anger! Hitler claims in Mein Kampf that the American racial eugenics books by Madison Grant were like his Bible, yet he never took the insane advice of his supposed hero. Madison Grant never said anything about an inferior Slavic race that must be destroyed. Grant hated Southern Europeans with a passion and would have recommended allying with Poland and Russia to commit genocide against the Italians, Greeks, and Turks. Hitler did the exact opposite. Hitler was a man who claimed the superiority of the "aryan race" based loosely on the concept of the Indo-European language family. So what does he do? Murder the only actual linguistic Aryans (the Gypsies) in all of Europe, and ally with 2 of only 3 non-Indo European groups in Europe: The Finns and the Hungarians. An "Aryan" supremacist who murders the most purely aryan and allies with the least Indo-European AKA Aryan groups in Europe. WTF?! Spoilers...Hitler is kind of a depraved lunatic.
Can I say anything positive about Hitler's writing? He did have decent musical taste for liking Wagner and Beethoven, but even there I kind of suspect he only liked Wagner BECAUSE of Wagner's anti-Semitism. Why do I say this? Hitler said the 3rd best composer was Hugo Wolf, which is just shit taste of the highest caliber. No one in their right mind would put Wolf in the top 3 composers. He was clearly choosing FAR more based on nationalist sentiment than actual talent. I could literally list 10 German/Austrian composers off the top of my head who are better than Hugo Wolf.
Does being all animu make Hitler any less insufferable? No...No it doesn't. Moe Hitler is still shit! The only thing that gives me satisfaction is how angry Hitler would be that he is drawn in a style he would have considered Entartete Kunst. That is honestly the greatest thing about this manga. It would have pissed off Hitler.read more
From the teachings of his German Nationalistic teacher in school, to the cold and bitter trenches of the First World War, from the debris of Germany caused by the Treaty of Versailles, to the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, Hitler's rise of power is akin to a hero's epic, as he rises to regain Germany's honour.
The only reason I read this manga is because of my fascination of Hitler and the Third Reich and such. I found the four chapters akin to its Mein Kampf counterpart. Think of this like a book made into an manga adaptation. If you read Mein Kampf paper-to-eye there is not much to expect, even maybe disapointed because some parts where not included in the manga. But remember that reading the manga is much more different than reading the book as-is.
Unless you really want to know more about Hitler (which is in my case), or want a really fast background check on why Hitler became such a bad-ass, then this something you should read.
Apparently, there is nothing to rate for the story line and the character as it is historically bounded. But as mentioned, the story was cropped from a 384-page book to a 4 chapter manga, so some parts were not mentioned. But considering what you could put in 4 chapters, the author did a pretty decent job in at least putting up an aura of Hitler's ingenuity in his rise of power. But it was also cut short in few parts.
The art is really nothing to brag about actually, it's just a standard drawing and such. But the drawings were much akin to its human counterparts, so that made me give it a 8 because of its facsimile to each other.
Awkwardly enough, I enjoyed animetized Hitler-chan and his adventures in gaining power. It added suspense because instead of reading a black and white book, you could really see the emotions of the people there. You could see the sheer sentiment of the people when they cheer and shout unlike in the book where it is only written.
Overall, I enjoyed the manga a little too much I think (lawl), but I recommend it to those who are fascinated of the Third Reich and/or the World War 2 era. Also if your history teacher needs a book report of Mein Kampf tomorrow, dump the book and read the manga instead.