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Hadashi no Gen

Hadashi no Gen

Alternative Titles

English: Barefoot Gen
Synonyms: Barefoot Gen - Bomb on Hiroshima
Japanese: はだしのゲン


Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 54
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 4, 1973 to 1974
Genres: Drama, Historical
Authors: Nakazawa, Keiji (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 8.511 (scored by 789 users)
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Ranked: #1282
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Popularity: #2316
Members: 2,577
Favorites: 55
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Volumes: /10
Chapters: /54


The childhood of Keiji Nakazawa dies on a sunny monday morning. The biggest mass destruction weapon of human history is thrown at the japanese town Hiroshima. 20 years after the incident Nakazawa begins to work up the gruelsome events of his childhood and begins to draw manga.

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Hadashi no Gen was first published in English as Gen of Hiroshima in comicbook format by EduComics, in cooperation with the pacifist organization Project Gen, a group of voluntary translators that sought to bring the manga to a larger audience. Volunteers around the world likewise picked up this project, partially translating this title into French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Indonesian, Tagalog and Esparanto, and by 1994, completely into Russian.
In English, originally only two comic book issues were released between January 1980 and April 1981, before the publication was cancelled. Since then, a number of publishers have partially published this series as Barefoot Gen, including New Society Publishers, who published the first four volumes from September 3, 1986 to December 1, 1993; Penguin Books, who published the first two volumes from August 1, 1989 to August 1, 1990, under the Penguin Originals imprint, with a new edition published July 27, 1995; and Last Gasp, who started publication from September, 1986, initially only publishing the first four volumes, but after the revival of Project Gen, finally published all ten volumes unabridged from September 1, 2004 to February 1, 2010.
The ten volumes have been subtitled A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima, The Day After, Life After the Bomb, Out of the Ashes, The Never-Ending War, Writing the Truth, Bones into Dust, Merchants of Death, Breaking Down Borders, and Never Give Up.

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Jun 2, 2010
I am very proud to say this is the first of manga mangas I will read. It captivated me from the very beginning, and to tell the truth I was at the mere age of nine when I read it. I was shocked to say the least that there was no reviews for this breath-taking manga, so I'll try my best to do its justice.

Like I said I first read this when I was nine, my Mum gave it to me when her regious group's libary was being re-done, they cleared out the books they didn't want anymore and gave them to the people who read more
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Jun 25, 2012
When I was in middle school, we started learning about the second world war in English. The book we studied was the manga, 'Barefoot Gen'

We only managed to cover 1 volume, but I found the story very enticing and intriguing.

The artwork on this book is very detailed for a very old manga and also, there is some comedy, which kept my classmates drawn in throughout the story.

You will definitely feel different emotions, especially at the end of the book, where a tragic incident occurs, just like the nuke that landed on Japan, bringing war to an end.
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