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Swallowing the Earth
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Publisher: DMP Platinum
eISBN: 9781613138069
Language: English
Release: 08/29/2014
Age Rating: Young adult (16+)

Amidst the chaos of World War II, two Japanese sailors hear of Zephyrus, an utterly captivating woman in the South Pacific. Many years have since passed, and now Zephyrus has resurfaced in Japan, wielding her mysterious power over all men to exact revenge for their crimes against women since the beginning of time! Gohonmatsu Seki is the only man with the ability to resist her allure, but even he seems ill-equipped to save his gender!

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The work is not perfect, I still find the final chapter to be a rushed, anti-climactic mess and the chapter involving a young doctor usingDreamscape-like tactics to cure a woman from her inability to speak is more than a little absurd and out of place. Still, the comic is emotionally draining in some spots, funny in others and Tezuka’s view of human society is poignant. Though written in the late 1960s, his depiction of our civilization overcome by greed and power, stepping on or over those who get in the way, rings true today. Definitely one of my favorite comics by Japan’s renowned author and illustrator, Swallowing the Earth shouldn’t be missed.
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  Tests your resolve. Worth the perseverence.
by Rae  12/03/2013
Who doesn't want to read the story of Zephyrus, the woman no man can resist?! Or about a man who wants for nothing more than to drink alcohol for the rest of his life?! & he doesn't even want a woman to share that drunken life with!!

Okay! Okay! Enough of my salesman pitch, right?! LOL! On to the review:

While the story is poignant & deep, the main character lightens the burden with his amazing drinking habits and unnerving sense of morality. It's a long read so be prepared to 'hibernate' for a while, book in hand. This is definitely a manga of fantastical proportions; it's almost like a movie with the scene setup and such. There is some nudity... more like semi-nude art, if that makes sense?!

FYI: It's got enough old world ideals to burrow under your skin & fester like some disgusting creature until you're on the brink of ripping off your skin, BUT then Gohonmatsu comes along & your faith in humanity (especially men) is slightly restored.

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