Warning : could be contain some minor spoil
Completely amazing !!! Great historical work, A must for indians history lovers !
Jiro Taniguchi is for sure a great author, but let me show you some aspects to demonstrate that in Sky Hawk.
Originally, it's an anniversary gift of a friend of mine, so I didn't really know what the story is about, I could just thought about with the cover.
Yes, it's a kind of western, the story took place in the late 19th century, with two japanese samurai exiled from their country, named Hikozaburô and Manzô, because of the defeat of their daimyo.
So Hiko saved a woman and
his baby when he was hunting, but her pursuers found them, but as ju jitsu's experts, they neutralize the 2 guy easily. After be saved by The Oglagla, a Sioux Tribe, they decided to joined them.
And so on, we follow their fights in this tribe with a sort of comparison with indian and samurai way of life. Notions like courage, justice, fraternity, not sacrifice...
Even without knowing much, no need to study indian civilization like me at university, the background is very detailed, and the art too. Love the humans approach of Taniguchi, we barely have the impression to be with them in their village, we felt their feelings, the beauty of nature and landscapes, the important place of woman in indian tribes... Really fascinating.
At a moment, the two mc were attacked by the Crews, ennemy of Oglagla, but they killed many and be recognized as great warriors, and just a little moment after, we see their complete integration with the ritual that gave them their indian names.
After some battle, in which the famous Custer appeared, the end focus on indian alliance to fight against the West Conquest, at the time when US want to built railway until the West Coast. After some skirmich and battle, the last chapter is dedicated to the famous battle of Little Big Horn, when the General Custer died.
For a fan of this period, and especially the way of living of native americans, and the spirit/way of thinking that relate our two protagonists and this population, it's unavoidable !
I hope i do not spoil much and motivated you to read this maravellous manga which is Sky Hawk ^^
( Remind that i'm a neophyte in writing reviews and even in english bc it's not my native language )