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Hadashi no Gen  
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Description
The childhood of Keiji Nakazawa dies on a sunny Monday morning. The biggest mass destruction weapon of human history is thrown at the Japanese town Hiroshima. Twenty years after the incident, Nakazawa begins to work through the gruesome events of his childhood and begins to draw manga.

Note: Cover image to Shueisha's volume 10 is unavailable.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Ore wa Mita (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Босоногий Гэн
はだしのゲン
Barefoot Gen
Barfuß durch Hiroshima
Gen pés descalços
Hiroshima
Hiroshiman poika

Groups Scanlating
N/A

Latest Release(s)
N/A

Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete) (Shueisha 1973)
5 Volumes (Complete) (Shueisha 1977)
10 Volumes (Complete) (Choubunsha 1984, 1988, 1993)
7 Volumes (Complete) (Chuokoron-Shinsha 1998)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (32 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.69 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 3rd 2015, 7:53am PST

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Year
1972

Original Publisher
Choubunsha
Chuokoron-Shinsha (2nd Print)
Shueisha (1st Print)

Serialized In (magazine)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Last Gasp (Publisher)
Project Gen (Translators)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1067 increased(+115)
Monthly Pos #1828 increased(+804)
3 Month Pos #3496 increased(+962)
6 Month Pos #5510 increased(+660)

List Stats
On 37 reading lists
On 122 wish lists
On 24 completed lists
On 3 unfinished lists
On 39 custom lists

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An important historical masterpiece that overstretches   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
March 2nd, 2015, 9:21am
At least the first Madhouse movie is famous and Ore wa Mita together with the first few volumes had some international reach but the rest hasn´t been translated jet and the sadly overlooked second movie is based on it.
The story itself preach heavily i will admit and it isn´t entirely unproblematic but the author survived Hiroshima after all and fascistic japan itself takes a big beating it the story too so i can overlook that aspect mostly. I was frankly surprised how bad a picture Keiji painted of his homeland at times so prepare yourself for a somewhat darker tale then the first film at times. The story does light up considerably after time is a lowed to progress a bit and the narrative become about rebuilding and having a positive attitude despite constant setbacks. I believed that i was reading about children and not author inserts but don´t get me wrong though. The story stays a tragedy to the end as death is a constant companion. A clearer end point would have been nice but life itself has no ending so i will deal with that i guess.
Classic art isn´t for everyone in general but i never had a problem with it and the art on display here is well done without a doubt despite the somewhat simplistic look. The gore and suffering comes of very well but the perspectives and landscapes are also professionally chosen. This masterpiece is somewhat flawed as i pointed out but i think that pretty much anyone needs to read it even if the dark content will be to much for some. Historical accounts form survivors need to be treasured and examined to not fall back into mistakes of past generations and Keiji Nakazawa made himself immortal with his magnum opus. I saw it and you should too!
Read the related and award-winning Yunagi no Machi Sakura no Kuni (8,5/10) as a companion piece.

... Last updated on March 2nd, 2015, 9:23am
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Not fiction   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Chira00
August 20th, 2009, 7:01am
I just wanted to comment on this story. It is based on the author's real life experiences at Gen's age, living in Hiroshima! This is a must read. We must not forget the tragedy of war. The human suffering and the innocent lives that paid for world peace.
I am so thankful to the author for his courage to write this story. All who read it can benefit from its lessons.
Please take the time to read this.
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Beyond Words.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by yblees
April 25th, 2009, 2:04am
A brutally honest look into the lives of ordinary people at the end of WW2, in possibly the most damaged Japanese city of the war (together with Nagasaki). Brilliantly plotted and fast paced. I feel everyone should read this book at least once in their lives.
Unfortunately, volume 1 seems to be out of print - but secondhand copies are available for sale.
Note: The anime adaptation left out maybe 80% of the most "politically incorrect" scenes.

... Last updated on April 25th, 2009, 2:04am
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