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Adolf ni Tsugu  
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A graveyard in contemporary Israel has an unlikely visitor. The elderly gentleman from Japan, a former news correspondent, lays a bouquet of flowers at the tomb of one Adolf Kamil. For he remembers the tale of three Adolfs: Kamil, a Jew who grew up in Kobe, Japan, the son of a baker; Kaufmann, only child of a German consul stationed at that port city and his Japanese wife; and the Fuhrer with whom the Far Eastern nation made common cause.

Won the 10th Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 1986 (shared with What's Michael?).


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Associated Names
Do Adolfów (Polish)
Message to Adolf

Groups Scanlating
Jobsa Group
Manga Underground
The Jobsa

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.28-36 (end) by The Project Scanlations & Manga Underground over 8 years ago
v.4 c.23-27 by The Project Scanlations & Manga Underground over 8 years ago
v.4 c.21-22 by The Project Scanlations & Manga Underground over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (1985, Hardcover, Complete)
5 Volumes (1988, Complete)
5 Volumes (1992, Bunko)
5 Volumes (1996, Tezuka Daizenshuu)
2 Volumes (2003, Conbini-ban)
3 Volumes (2008, Aizouban)
3 Volumes (2010, Bunko)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (144 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.66 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 29th 2017, 3:14pm PST



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Original Publisher
Bungei Shunjuu (1985, 1988, 1992)
Kodansha (1996, 2010)
Shogakukan (2003, 2008)

Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Bunshun (Bungei Shunjuu)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Vertical (2 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #755 increased(+41)
Monthly Pos #1159 increased(+409)
3 Month Pos #2684 increased(+346)
6 Month Pos #3049 increased(+721)
Year Pos #4288 increased(+315)

List Stats
On 98 reading lists
On 319 wish lists
On 251 completed lists
On 19 unfinished lists
On 130 custom lists

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Different to my expectations   
Rating: N/A
by luzzz
October 27th, 2009, 12:17am
I enjoyed this manga (to an extent), even though I failed to finish it. However, the storytelling method by the middle of volume 2 did it for me. It's not that it's bad but I personally don't like the plotline - how every single character is conveniently interconnected in some way or other - not to mention that a few characters irked me a great deal. Second is Tezuka's art. It may be legendary but his cartoon style really detracts from the intended atmosphere of a lot of his series (see: "Metropolis" - another manga I couldn't finish). I think I came in with different expectations. I heard wonderful reviews of Tezuka's works but they're completely different to what I imagined them to be sad
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Really, why does no one comment on this?   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
June 11th, 2009, 3:06am
Excuse the question, but really, this is an absolute classic by "God of manga" Tezuka himself.

In any case, even among Tezuka's works, Adolf is really something special. The characters are all incredibly rich, and the historical background that they are placed against is thoroughly developed. The story, thanks to his years of master-crafting, is well-paced, and rarely is a panel wasted or misused.

What decreases the rating are a couple of factors- the first is falling into a few storytelling cliches, the second is a lack of detail in the art (which is one of the few general complaints I have with Tezuka- he works in a cartoony fashion, which is fine, but he doesn't complete the atmosphere), and the third concerns some minor historical inaccuracies that I will refrain from ranting about.

Regardless, this is one all fans of historical manga should read- it's a good example of how a time period, even with incorrect aspects, can be turned into a powerful drama in this medium.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by pomoli
November 20th, 2007, 12:37pm
This manga is very interesting, in an historical point of view, although the art is outdated...

... Last updated on November 20th, 2007, 12:38pm
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