Kirihito Sanka
Ode to Kirihito
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Kirihito Sanka

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Eulogy to Kirihito
Japanese: きりひと讃歌
English: Ode to Kirihito
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 20
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 25, 1970 to Dec 10, 1971
Genre: Drama Drama
Themes: Medical Medical, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)


Score: 7.891 (scored by 23332,333 users)
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Ranked: #10162
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Popularity: #3138
Members: 6,413
Favorites: 130


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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.



Aug 3, 2012
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 ...
Nov 10, 2015
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 ...
Feb 10, 2019
Mixed Feelings
For someone credited as the godfather of manga, with a good number of classic works under his belt, you’d expect Osamu Tezuka to be more of a classy writer, at least that was the expectation I brought with me when deciding to discover more of his work. It has however become apparent to me that Tezuka was not above inserting all kinds of depravity into his more adult stories.

Having taboo elements in a story obviously doesn’t automatically make something bad, but it should be said that I hope any writer keeps themselves to a high standard when exploring them. Ode to Kirihito sadly can ...

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