Ode to Kirihito EW PICK After contracting "Monmow Disease," which turns people into werewolf-like beasts, a doctor travels from decadent Japanese palaces to South African slums seeking a… 2006-10-24 Fiction Vertical
Book Review

Ode to Kirihito (2006)

Details Release Date: Oct 24, 2006; Writer: Osamu Tezuka; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Vertical

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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.

Originally posted Nov 10, 2006 Published in issue #907 Nov 17, 2006 Order article reprints