Adolf ni Tsugu
Message to Adolf
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Adolf ni Tsugu

Alternative Titles

English: Message to Adolf
Synonyms: Tell Adolf, The Stories of Three Adolfs
Japanese: アドルフに告ぐ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 36
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 22, 1983 to May 16, 1985
Genres: DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical, MilitaryMilitary
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shuukan Bunshun


Score: 8.161 (scored by 39893,989 users)
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Ranked: #4312
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Popularity: #876
Members: 13,970
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This is a story about three Adolfs. Sohei Toge, a Japanese reporter for 1936 Berlin Olympics was surprised that his younger brother, an international student in Germany, was mysteriously murdered right after informing him about an important document. To add more confusion to his sadness, all information regarding his younger brother as a student in Germany have been erased systematically, as if he never existed. Meanwhile in Japan, a half-German, half-Japanese boy named Adolf Kauffmann and his best friend, a Jewish-German boy named Adolf Kamil, were accidentally involved in this incident. Their lives and fates are now inevitably interwoven around the biggest secret of the third Adolf—Adolf Hitler.

(Source: ANN)


Adolf ni Tsugu was first published in English as Adolf by Cadence Books and VIZ Media from March 22, 1996 to February 22, 1997. Vertical Inc. re-published the series as Message to Adolf in 2 omnibus volumes on August 28 and December 18, 2012, respectively. The series has been published in Brazil by Conrad Editora, in France by Tonkam, in Germany by Carlsen Verlag, in Italy by Hazard, in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini, in Netherlands by Xtra, and in Poland by Waneko.


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Aug 9, 2009
Pierre_Bezukhov (All reviews)
Adolf is one of Osamu Tezuka's later works and acclaimed as one of his best. Since it deals with Jews and Nazi's, comparisons to the masterpiece Maus, published around the same time, are bound to happen. But the works are incomparable since they deal with different parts of the Holocaust. Adolf, unlike Maus, focuses more on the mental state of one particular SS officer rather then the Jews themselves and what they go through.

Simply said, it is a very well crafted WWII spy story. Unlike most spy stories, it is fairly realistic in the timeframe of the story since it is told of the span read more
Dec 13, 2009
Nekkro (All reviews)
"Adolf" is another great work of Osamu Tezuka or so called the "God of manga".I could say this work is really a hidden gem.

Story: The manga is telling the story of three men called Adolf.It's following their lifes and shows how they change as a human beings through the years - psychologically and psysically.The story ,doesn't sound like something "new" or "original",but really once you start reading the manga you could not possibly leave it until you understand what happens.The story develops before and during the period of Hitler's ruling of Germany.So everything is resolving and starts from his character.He changes the lives of read more
Nov 16, 2013
TrenchKamen (All reviews)
This is the story of three men named Adolf. It is a story with the grand sweep of myth, something that seems to rise from the unconsciousness, as told through a Japanese observer. At the opening of this story, in the early 1930's, it was a popular given name. Two Adolfs lived in Kobe, as part of the German expat community: one the son of a Jewish baker, and one the son of a Nazi diplomat. The coincidences interweaving their lives are so profound they should seem contrived, but they play out organically in the cadence of tragedy.

This is more painful to read the second read more
May 31, 2010
KoniraThax (All reviews)
This is possibly the greatest Tezuka work I have read to this point. With a collection of: Nextworld, Metropolis, Astro Boy, Kimba, Pheonix and many other excellent pieces, this one is by far the most grasping.

Not only does it go into the more serious darker under side of WWII, it also brings a certain heart and drama to both sides of that world. Tezuka became bold when he did this one, going into many elements many not dare touch. Though pushing the envelope into this more serious work, he still managed to retain some humour and made it enjoyable to the reader. It truly keeps read more

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