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English: Ayako
Japanese: 奇子


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 19
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 10, 1972 to Jun 9, 1973
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic


Score: 7.791 (scored by 762 users)
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Ranked: #15752
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Popularity: #3449
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Jirou Tenge, the second son of what used to be an influential Japanese family, returns home after being a POW in an American camp during the Second World War. He finds his family corrupted by the terrible social aftereffects of the war.

His elder brother, determined to keep what remains of the family patrimony after the Government's forced land reallocation, has prostituted his wife to his father to secure his blessing, while other members of Jiro's family have been drawn into similar corruption, and he himself is being forced to spy for the Americans after being broken as a POW. Now the family's youngest daughter Ayako will have to bear the brunt of the family's sins.

(Source: ANN)


Ayako was published in English by Vertical Inc. in a complete omnibus on November 30, 2010.


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Jun 4, 2011
The late Osamu Tezuka needs no introduction. Over his lifetime he created dozens of classic stories that have helped shape manga and anime into what it is today. ‘Ayako’ is one of his lesser known works. Rather undeservingly so seeing as it’s yet another excellent demonstration of Tezuka’s imcredible storytelling abilities.

The story begins in 1949. Japan is slowly getting back on its feet following the devastating losses it suffered during World War 2 and Jiro Tenge, son of a wealthy family of landowners, has come back home. Reluctantly so, I might add, seeing as he finds out upon returning that not much has read more
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May 31, 2015
If I were to recommend a single work during Tezuka Osamu's "dark period" it'd be Ayako. It's also the only one I consider to be of passable quality. Published between January 25, 1972 to June 25, 1973 in "Big Comic", which also saw the publications of Tezuka's other attempts to create a dark like Swallowing the Earth (1969-70), I.L (1969-70), Ode to Kirihito (1970-71), Barbara (1973-74), and MW (1976-1978)

The story is told in a way that feels smooth and the time skips feel pretty natural.
The story is pretty consistent in quality compared to works like Barbara which seem to forget about their original premise read more
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May 1, 2016
I was fortunate. Fortunate in that I had a learned individual informed me of the background in which ‘Ayako’ was created which allowed me to understand the reasoning behind many of the plot points and the overall theme.

Because the story would have looked awful without the understanding of that background.

The reason being that much of it isn’t presented well, and it ends up looking silly and vapid without the proper presentation. Eventually, the story does get around to leading readers in the right direction of understanding, but that is well over 50% into the story and it is still fairly easy to lose sight of.

Thing read more
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