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Mar 10, 2012
The Crater is a collection of 17 short stories by manga genius Osamu Tezuka that delve into the recurring tribulations of boy hero Okuchin, as he is moved from one dark scenario into another. With each story grounded in the horror and science fiction genres, and all ending on a twist - whether you see it coming or not - The Crater becomes like a manga equivalent of 'The Twilight Zone'.

Tezuka's storytelling is potently effective with his usual rapid-fire pacing, his combination of dramatic irony with comedic relief, and his self-insertion into at least two or three of the stories. Because of all this, one read more