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Tank Tankuro

Tank Tankuro

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English: Tank Tankuro
Japanese: タンク・タンクロー


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 1934 to Dec 1936
Authors: Sakamoto, Gajo (Story & Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 5.441 (scored by 9 users)
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Ranked: #189912
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Popularity: #30308
Members: 49
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First published in 1934, Tank Tankuro was one of the most famous manga characters during the time, lining up next to Norakuro. He is said to be one of the first roboto ever to appear in Japanese manga and may be the first superhero in manga. He fights villain, Kuro Kabuto, who attacks Japan, and this Kuro Kabuto is famous among Japanese SF fans that it has resemblance to Darth Vader of Star Wars. Tank Tankuro influenced greatly, many manga artists, such as Shigeru Sugiura, Osamu Tezuka, Fujiko Fujio, etc., and is the foundation stone from which many masterpieces of manga art would spring from. Tank Tankuro became the archetype for various Japanese manga heroes that were to follow. This work is famous for its innovative and captivating adventure stories full of surrealism, nonsense, innocence, absurdity, and eccentricity.

(Source: Presspop inc.)


Tank Tankuro was published in English by the Japanese publisher Presspop inc. in 2011.


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Jun 16, 2012
ridojiri (All reviews)
Tank Tankuro is what we call now part of the genesis of manga. While it's a long understanding of western manga fans that the beginning of 'modern manga' is Osamu Tezuka, this isn't exactly true.

Japan had a long history of works resembling manga before the 20th century. Woodblock booklets appeared as early as the 1700's, containing a series of pictures depicting a simple tale, usually historical or legend based. Near the 19th century, more adult tales sometimes with dialogue or narration starting appearing. This was the seed for manga as we know it today.

Gajo Sakamoto's Tank Tankuro is what we would now call manga, read more


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