Amidst chants of "Heil Hitler," Germany's most celebrated leader, Adolf Hitler, addresses the nation. Under Hitler's leadership, the country has undergone monumental development, overcoming the humiliation of its World War I loss and growing into a fearsome military superpower. As Hitler addresses the growth of his nation, he reaffirms the importance of the German nationalistic spirit and warns against the arising Jewish threat. As he finishes his speech, Hitler raises his right arm in a final salute amidst the thundering roar of the crowd, having full confidence that he and his country will make their mark on history.
Growing up in a small town in Austria, Hitler was introduced to German nationalism at a young age. His parents had opposing views on his early interest in art—harsh disapproval from his father and loving support from his mother. As a result, he was unfazed by the death of his father, yet utterly devastated by the death of his mother. Eventually, he applied to a fine arts school in Vienna, and to his frustration, was rejected immediately. This forced him to live on the streets, where he was was first exposed to antisemitism. Though skeptical at first, Hitler eventually adopts this ideology, soon transforming into a charismatic leader—and an influential one who would shift the balance of power in the world and dramatically alter the course of history.
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.
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.
Just to clear the situation - nobody has done something like this before. And I'm not talking about Hitler and the WW2. I'm talking about the manga adaptation of his work "Mein Kampf".
Now since the Japanese did take the German's side in the World War 2, it is not strange that Hitler's person is been used in anime and manga (not often, but sometimes we can see it, like in Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shaballa or Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn). But the idea of making an adaptation of "Mein Kampf" is something rare, one of a kind even, I might say. And though
this is a very short excursus into the Adolf's life story and with some author's remakes (like that he never wanted to be an architect - that's not true, trust me I've read the original of "Mein Kampf") this is a great outtake of some moments of the world's history.
I don't put anything for plot or characters, because everything is based on a true allknown story of the world conflict, but for a unique idea and lots of efforts publishing it, this manga gets 8/10 and my approval as something worthy of reading if you're to tired of reading some average manga about highschoolers but to lazy to read all the "Mein Kampf" yourselves.
Note: this review is based purely on the translation from mein kampf to manga kampf (haha I did a funny).
The way that Hitler's design evolves while in the NSDAP party is interesting as it shows him growing from a (not very) humble party member to a megalomaniac by contorting his expressions more and more as the chapters go on. The art style also manages to capture Hitler's grief and anger in an entertaining manner considering how unemotional the OG Mien Kampf is in some places.
One of the few problems I have is some sections being out of place as if to foreshadow what will happen
but 99% of people reading Waga Tousou will already know at least a basic version of Hitler's tale so I feel it to be unnecessary even if it does make the manga seem more authentic (as if it was an original story).