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Alabaster

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Japanese: アラバスター
English: Alabaster
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 10
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 27, 1970 to Jun 27, 1971
Genres: Action Action, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)

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Score: 6.641 (scored by 985985 users)
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Ranked: #126502
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Popularity: #7169
Members: 2,177
Favorites: 8

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Synopsis

"Alabaster" is a criminal science fiction of suspense depicting the dark side of the human psyche that envies beautiful things.

James Block is a young black man with sinister intentions. When he is in prison, a strange old man tells him about the "F" laser beam that makes humans and any other living things invisible. After he has been released from prison, James receives the F laser beam. But because the beam is imperfect, he becomes semitransparent with an ugly figure. From that time on, he calls himself "Alabaster" and hates anything beautiful.

Using the F laser beam, he begins to eliminate hypocrites and those who boast of their beauty. When living things are exposed to the F laser beam long enough to become transparent, they die. Meanwhile, Dr. F, who told Alabaster the secret of the F laser beam, had previously used his daughter as a guinea pig to investigate its effects. The daughter, who was pregnant at the time, gave birth to a girl. The girl, who was named Ami, is completely invisible. Alabaster approaches Ami and begins to use her for his dark purposes.

(Source: tezukaosamu.net)

Background

Alabaster was published in English by Digital Manga Publishing from a Kickstarter. It was released in September 2015 for its backers.

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Mar 4, 2019
Definitely not the best from Tezuka, but still a nice one. Its themes reminded me of Black Jack, so I advise you to read some tomes of it before Alabaster.

There are some nice ideas and thoughts, especially the concept of Beauty, and the Envy inside everyone. The main characters are well-developed, but others are just completely useless. The art is Tezuka-like, so you will like it if you like his style, I cannot be entirely objective about it.

I advise you to read another manga from Tezuka (like Dororo, Adolf ni Tsugu or Black Jack), and then go back to this one.
May 27, 2020
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Alabaster, not your regular or I say typical Tezuka Manga or Story.
As you have already read or seen Osamu Tezuka's other works like Astro Boy, Black Jack, Dororo, Buddha, etc. You can grasp the magical world of aestheticism, science fiction, and drama of his craftsmanship. But what makes Alabaster different from any regular stories of Tezuka is the framing of our anti-hero, Alabaster as the Hater of Beauty. As African-Amerian, James Block, being a professional sportsman, becomes the victim of racism. And this changes everything for him, he begins to hate his skin color. The story takes a great turn of events when this unfortunate ...
Feb 19, 2021
Alabaster succeeds in telling an engaging story of how an innocent character falls from grace and becomes a truly evil person. It’s a quick and easy read and i’d recommend it to most fans of manga.

Tezuka has been credited as saying this is one of his works he’s the most ashamed of, citing a bout of depression as the impetus for this extremely dark story. This is a tale of evil, death, destruction, corruption of goodness, betrayal, hate and death. While I can understand where Tezuka is coming from looking back on ‘Alabaster’ i’m going to be far more kind to it. I think it’s ...

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