The comic was published (by Ryu Comics Special) for the first time as a Tankobon (a compiled volume) in early 2011; after Kon’s untimely passing in 2010 there was surge in interest for his earlier works.
With the story-writing handled by Mamoru Oshii, Kon Satoshi’s recurring themes of the fragile connection between the dream world and reality ( see his other manga Opus ) is evidently missing, replaced by Oshii’s usual fascination with Biblical themes. ( The title of the manga “Seraphim” refers to angels of the highest order. )
The story is set in a post apocalyptic world ravaged by “Tenshi-Byo” (Angel Disease), decimating the world’s population. To unravel the cause of this deadly disease, a young girl named Sera must journey into the heart of Asia.
The quality of art work in Seraphim is consistently high and very detailed; surely we can expect no less from a former apprentice of Otomo Katsuhiro. It’s also of little surprise that Kon’s drawing style bears an unmistakable resemblance to his mentor, in addition his compositions are highly cinematographic and the action scenes charged with vigorous energy, just like Otomo’s.
(above & below) Character design studies and sketches. The drawing style for the characters below are curiously similar to the work done by Toshiyuki Inoue for Otomo Katsuhiro’s Magnetic Rose in Memories.
The untimely departure of so talented an artist as Kon Satoshi is saddening beyond works – Seraphim is part of the legacy that he has graced us with. Highly recommended.
– Dimensions – 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
– 236 pages
– Soft cover
– B&W, in Japanese
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