After contracting ''Monmow Disease,'' which turns people into werewolf-like beasts, a doctor travels from decadent Japanese palaces to South African slums seeking a cure in Osamu Tezuka's Ode to Kirihito.
For Fans of...
Medical thrillers and gekiga-style art.
Does It Deliver?
This dark epic with oddball elements (a dancer performs something called ''the human tempura'') is a smart, redemptive, and nicely bizarre study of human nature.