The Mood Is Already That Of War ( Kibun Wa Mou Senso ) is a manga written by novelist Yahagi Toshikiko, and art work by Akira director Otomo Katsuhiro. First serialized in Futabasha’s Action Comics in 1982, the 13 short stories are now compiled into this single volume tankobon.
The stories revolve around fictionalized accounts of military conflicts and battles taking place along the Sino-Russian border, many of them influenced by real world events taking place during the cold war era of the early 1980s. Some of the narratives also include parodies of characters that were then appearing in the highly popular Japanese magazine Popeye.
(above & below) Otomo has often been described as one of the first ( and indeed few ) manga artists whose drawings of human faces accurately portray the visual distinctions between Asians and Caucasians, a pretty remarkable feat and a testament to his incredible powers of observation.
Otomo’s quality of art work in the manga is consistently good, and we can already see his signature style of dynamic action/speed lines, cinematic staging and framing of panels, as well as massive and highly detailed action pieces (below) that will soon explode unto the manga world in a new piece of work titled “Akira”.
The war genre might be of limited interest to some, but Otomo’s art work is impressive throughout the book and definitely worth checking out.
The Mood Is Already Of War – Otomo Katsuhiro Manga” book details :
– Dimensions – 8.3 x 5.9 x 1 inches
– Softcover, 334 pages.
– B&W, in Japanese language
Note : There is also a deluxe edition which is of a bigger print size ( identical to the Akira manga ), but this is out of print. Used copies can be purchased on Amazon Japan here.
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