Kirihito Sanka
Ode to Kirihito
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Kirihito Sanka

Alternative Titles

English: Ode to Kirihito
Synonyms: Eulogy to Kirihito
Japanese: きりひと讃歌


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 20
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 25, 1970 to Dec 10, 1971
Genres: DramaDrama, PsychologicalPsychological, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic


Score: 7.791 (scored by 17421,742 users)
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Ranked: #12102
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Popularity: #3131
Members: 4,552
Favorites: 87
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Two doctors, the young, passionate and well-liked Osanai and the veteran, ambitious Tatsugaura, are both investigating the mysterious 'Monmow' diesease, found only in one remote village, which causes bizarre bone deformation, making its victims take on a beastlike appearance before their deaths.

Osanai is sent to the village by Tatsugaura to see if he can find a cause for the disease while also treating the victims to the best of his ability. But in reality, Tatsugaura is scheming against Osanai and intends to infect him with the disease in order to clear the way of any obstacles of presenting his own research, and thus gaining high prestige and rank in the medical world.


Kirihito Sanka was published in English as Ode to Kirihito by Vertical Inc. in a single volume on October 24, 2006 and in two volumes on March 30, 2010. It was published in Spanish as Oda a Kirihito by ECC Comics from September 30 to October 29, 2015.


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Apr 21, 2010
Merridian (All reviews)
It isn’t difficult to see why Osamu Tezuka is considered to be the godfather of manga. With extremely influential titles like Astro Boy/Tetsuwan Atom, Black Jack, and Buddha to his name, there should be no doubt that the man had an extraordinary talent for delivering quality storytelling in comic form. Ode to Kirihito is no exception.

What begins as a story about a bizarre disease that results in horrid deformations turns into an intense psychological journey through the paranoid and the depraved, journeying deep into the mind and adventures of a man whose mutation has turned him into something that is both inhuman yet read more
Nov 10, 2015
Nervin (All reviews)
A lot of strange diseases roam this world, with scientists trying to find remedies, but to no avail. In the case of Ode to Kirihito, a bizarre disease that turns people onto dog-like creatures, yet retain their human consciousness, is found in an isolated village. The doctor Osanai is sent to the village to investigate the case, yet everything is not as it seems: be prepared to explore the unknown as well as the bureaucratic world of the doctors.

The premise of Ode to Kirihito may seem nothing outstanding at first glance, yet shines in its presentation; by introducing the Monmow disease suddenly as most illness read more
Aug 3, 2012
corychang (All reviews)
When faced with a strange new illness that seems to turn people into beasts, Ode to Kirihito follows the titular character as he tries to solve the mysteries surrounding the disease. Under a fashion similar to North by Northwest, Kirihito is thrown into a series of bizarre and extreme circumstances which he becomes inevitably involved despite his innocence, giving a whole new meaning to “out of the frying pan, into the fire.” While the manga is often considered a precursor to another one of Tezuka's great works, Black Jack, they really share very little beyond featuring doctors in the story. While still feeling like classic read more
Aug 30, 2012
Danno (All reviews)
First off, the description here seems way off to me. Dr. Osanai is the one researching the newly discovered "Monmo" disease and Dr. Urabe writes up reports and stuff based on Dr. Osanai's findings. Tatsugaura, who appears to be the hospital director, sends Osanai off to a remote village to find out more about the unusual people there and the origins of the disease. Osanai accepts and ends up diseased, mutating his face and changing his life from that point on.

The art and story were pretty good. The story seemed simple enough at first, but spiraled way beyond what I thought it'd be. On read more

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