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Kirihito Sanka  
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A promising young doctor, Kirihito Osanai visits a remote Japanese mountain village to investigate the source of the latest medical mystery. While he ends up traveling the world to discover what it takes to be cured of such a disease, a conspiracy back home attempts to explain away his absence. Hinging upon his fate are those of his loved ones: an unstable childhood friend and colleague trapped between factions of the medical establishment that nurtured him; a fiancee emotionally transformed by Kirihito’s mysterious disappearance; and a stranger who becomes his guardian angel, a sensual circus-act performer with volatile psychological secrets.


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Associated Names
Ode to Kirihito

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (1974, Complete)
4 Volumes (1977, Tezuka Daizenshuu)
2 Volumes (1986, Wideban)
2 Volumes (1989, Hardcover)
3 Volumes (1994, Bunko)

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (75 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.95 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 23rd 2015, 3:18am PST



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Original Publisher
Daitosha (1974, 1986)
Kodansha (1977)
Shogakukan (1989, 1994, 2000, 2003; 2008)

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Vertical (2 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1116 increased(+26)
Monthly Pos #1618 increased(+474)
3 Month Pos #2391 increased(+444)
6 Month Pos #3338 increased(+467)

List Stats
On 31 reading lists
On 120 wish lists
On 152 completed lists
On 2 unfinished lists
On 78 custom lists

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A Gekiga masterpiece   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
March 17th, 2014, 1:55pm
Kirihito is firstly Tezuka´s darkest manga and a page turner from the first chapter so it comes highly recommended for lovers of "serious" manga. Be warned though that this series is intended for a mature audience only and i am not talking about the usual and vapid combo of boobs & violence. You will see and the art is superb as always. This is lastly his best manga after Buddha / Hi no Tori (both are a 10/10) and i would love to read a remake by Urasawa.

... Last updated on July 27th, 2015, 5:21am
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The only thing terrible about this was takitogr's review   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by GGpX
August 17th, 2013, 4:31pm
I'm not even sure takitogr was even reading the same manga I was.

There's nothing "silly" about Ode to Kirihito.

This manga has tons of elements that make it an all-time classic.
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Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by whitespade
April 9th, 2013, 3:25am
this is a great roller coaster ride of a manga, so much suffering does this dog-christ receive, but he persevere. the characters are all interesting, the plot is intriguing, and i really really love the art. it is not as beautiful as today's standard, but it convey emotions so much better. a must read.
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that was terrible   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by takitogr
January 11th, 2010, 5:34am
that was the 5th manga i've read from tezuka and nothing suprised or entertained me yet from tezuka...i do have respect for him because he created manga and all but....

it started interesting and atmospheric but after 200 pgs it started going downhill....400 pgs on the manga i stopped enjoying it and after that it became so silly that it was unbearable and i couldn't wait to finish it! we do have respect for him as manga fans but seriously give that manga to anyone who doesn't have a clue about osamu tezuka and hardly anybody would think it's's terribly cheesy actually

the only thing i enjoyed from start to finish were the backgrounds...the assistant who did the backrounds was terribly talented and created a great atmosphere...if only the story was as good...
it started seriously and atmospheric with innovative panel constructions (my favourite is the sun setting), then more silliness started to occur with slapstick-like characters behaving weirdly and doing silly things (you don't really need a comedic effect in this story really, but I bet tezuka just used it in all his manga serious or not...his style was like this...but it started without any of this for the first 200 pgs sad ), then characters were saying stupid non-sensical things, the story kept dragging on, started becoming very melodramatic, characterization was terrible and changes in character and behaviour were so sudden that it was just idiotic...dialogues started to suffer an awful lot and silly non-sensical situations started to pile near the end that this was starting to become such a pain to read...seriously now...

i have yet to read black jack and buddha but after this i dont know if i'll enjoy them...i mean this was among his most critically-acclaimed experience i'd like to forget

... Last updated on January 11th, 2010, 5:37am
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A little disturbing   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Telecaster
March 25th, 2009, 3:27pm
This is an awesome comic. It's really disturbing, but it's a beautiful story. Osamu Tezuka really knows what he's talking about in medicine. Some of the parts I didn't understand very well because of the big medical words, but they all eventually got explained through pictures or explanations. One of the interesting things about this book is that you don't always like the people on Osanai's side. The pictures are also really nice.
There are some racist pictures of black people in this book, but I really think Osamu Tezuka meant them to be racist. All the foriegners are funny looking, regardless of race, its just the pictures of the black people are the same as old timey racist cartoons were. Some people theorize that Tezuka drew all foriegners funny looking to give them an air of difference.
So, if you can take some disturbing stuff and some racist pictures, I would recomend this book.

... Last updated on July 29th, 2009, 2:18pm
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