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Ningen Konchuuki

Ningen Konchuuki

Alternative Titles

English: The Book of Human Insects
Synonyms: Human Metamorphosis
Japanese: 人間昆虫記


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 4
Status: Finished
Published: May 9, 1970 to Feb 13, 1971
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Play Comic


Score: 7.221 (scored by 430 users)
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Ranked: #62882
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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.

(Source: tezukaosamu.net)


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


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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 read more
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Aug 24, 2012
Another prime example of how bad of a writer the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka was. The Book of Humans Insects could have been a really interesting piece of satire on the sexes and dark humor, but it falls under Tezuka's horribly executed plot-devices. You would think he would be ashamed of using some of these, but nope. He pulls on and shamelessly using this in each of his adult works. And yet, his fans eat the shit right up.

It's rather sad that Vertical is wasting their resources on mediocre manga, and having them printed in hardcover. These hardcovers are nicely printed, but essentially goes read more
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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 read more
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