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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
Genre: Drama Drama
Themes: Historical Historical, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)


Score: 7.681 (scored by 23342,334 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #16192
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Popularity: #2364
Members: 6,143
Favorites: 109

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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
Uriel1988 (All reviews)
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
May 1, 2016
MangaGreat (All reviews)
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
May 21, 2018
SequentialNel (All reviews)
This is my first review on MAL. I posted this on Goodreads and figured I may as well post it here too. I am not a very strict reviewer, but hopefully this helps give some perspective.

This is my first exposure to Osamu Tezuka, and I must say that this lives up to his legacy. This is a historical piece and a commentary on the many cultural and political shifts in Japan from 1949 to 1973, as well as an analysis of an insidious family dealing with the ever-changing climate of the time.

We follow the once powerful Tenge family as they desperately cling to power by read more
Jan 15, 2017
Nikoran (All reviews)
Usually when I get paid every month, I'll try and at least buy something different from my usual reads. I've been a slight fan of Astro Boy and the sort of spin-off Pluto series. I looked up some of Osamu Tekzuka's other works and had a look at Ayako. After reading the synopsis, I thought it would be an interesting read seeing how much darker than it seems in comparison with Astro Boy.

The start of this was very promising, you get a good feel for each of the characters, their motivations and all of that. The culmination of the first arc, so to speak, led read more

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