Ningen Konchuuki
The Book of Human Insects
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Ningen Konchuuki

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Synonyms: Human Metamorphosis
Japanese: 人間昆虫記
English: The Book of Human Insects
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 4
Status: Finished
Published: May 9, 1970 to Feb 13, 1971
Genre: Mystery Mystery
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Play Comic
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)


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Ranked: #65032
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Popularity: #4321
Members: 4,835
Favorites: 37


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Human Metamorphosis, a satirical Manga depicting human society compared to the insect world, focuses on the life of a devious woman. Tomura Toshiko, who is said to be a genius, is a rising star writer. Her novel wins the Akutagawa Prize for the best novel of the year. While she attends the award ceremony, another woman named Usuba Kageri commits suicide in another place. It turns out that Kageri and Toshiko used to live together, and the awarded novel was copied from Kageri's transcript. Toshiko is like a parasite: approaching talented people one after another, squeezing everything out of them and stealing their works for her own fame. Behind her success story, she has her secrets.



Ningen Konchuuki was published in English as The Book of Human Insects by Vertical Inc. in an omnibus on December 4, 2012.



Mar 13, 2015
When discussing society in popular culture, it is best to keep in mind the time period in which it was written. While Osamu Tezuka’s “The Book of Human Insects” is not without its flaws as a story, as a conversational piece about societal roles of Japanese women and where the country was heading as a whole when the post-WWII generation came of age, it is a dynamic work.

While reading it, another recent story (albeit American) came immediately to mind: “Gone Girl”. The main character of Toshiko Tomura shares many similarities to the character of Gillian Flynn’s novel; the most striking way being as an embodiment ...
Jan 3, 2016
Osamu Tezuka is widely considered the 'God of Manga' due to high output of work and inescapable influence on the medium. However, due his Disney-esque art style and the fact that his most popular works were primarily marketed to younger audiences, a newcomer could easily be forgiven for thinking his works are largely kiddie fluff. The Book of Human Insects blows any perceptions that Tezuka couldn't handle the heavy stuff to bits, with a story that could stand up to any number of hard-nosed 1970's Hollywood thrillers.


Japan. 1970. The first generation born with no memory of Japan's shattering defeat in the Second World War and ...
Jul 6, 2021
I don't even know where to begin. This story has a great plot that is quickly paced yet very understandable. The art is just like Osamu's iconic art style, but more detailed and refined. I feel that the characters were used well. If the plot isn't being developed, then a a character is. The main character has a very complex personality and its sometimes hard to tell what she'll do or why she's doing it.

This story can also be viewed as a commentary on the struggles that women faced during this time period. This is because there is only one successful female character and she ...

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