Comic Showa-shi
Showa: A History of Japan
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Comic Showa-shi

Alternative Titles

English: Showa: A History of Japan
Synonyms: Comic Showashi, Shouwa-Shi, A Comics History of the Showa Era
Japanese: コミック昭和史


Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 120
Status: Finished
Published: Nov , 1988 to Dec , 1989
Genres: HistoricalHistorical
Authors: Mizuki, Shigeru (Story & Art)
Serialization: None


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A historical story using Ghosts to explain the life times of the reign of Emperor Hirohito.

Comic Showa-shi describes an era of upheaval and impoverishment in Japanese history, beginning with the Tokyo Earthquake in 1923, and covering the financial panic, the Great Depression, the March 15th Incident, and other events up until the Manchurian Incident in 1931.

(Source: Volume 1 cover)


Comic Showa-shi received the Kodansha Manga Award in the General category in 1989.

The series was published in English as Showa: A History of Japan by Drawn & Quarterly in 4 volumes from November 12, 2013 to October 13, 2015. The 2nd & 3rd English volumes won the 2015 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia.


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Mar 14, 2018
Dudeist_Beach (All reviews)
How much do you know about Japan? Since you’re on this site, it’s safe to say that you are at least somewhat interested in the culture. You've likely picked up some scattered facts about the country. You know that losing the second World War irrevocably changed Japan; did you know they’d been at war almost a decade before WWII officially started? You know what a kamikaze soldier is; did you know that this was largely created out of desperation after Prime Minister Tojo (according to this manga) declared: “I would rather see this whole country die than admit the smallest defeat”? You might even know read more
May 3, 2021
kaushik17 (All reviews)
“Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

The late Shigeru Mizuki was known as the master of the yokai genre, popularising and bringing traditional Japanese folk tales to a modern audience and thus leaving his indubitable mark on the anime/manga medium. While he certainly deserves the plaudits for this and rightfully so, his historical works often go unnoticed.

Showa is one such work, where Mizuki guides us, the reader, through the reign of the Emperor Hirohito. His reign saw the rising militarism of Japan resulting in the disastrous Sino-Japanese wars which merged into WW2, leading the nation to ruin. The work also read more

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