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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 Makoto Kobayashi's What's Michael?).


Related Series
Tezuka Gakuen (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Do Adolfów (Polish)
I tre Adolf (Italian)
L'Histoire des 3 Adolf
Message to Adolf
Recado a Adolf

Groups Scanlating
The Project Scanlations
Manga Underground
The Jobsa
The Jobsa

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.28-36 (end) by The Project Scanlations & Manga Underground over 13 years ago
v.4 c.23-27 by The Project Scanlations & Manga Underground over 13 years ago
v.4 c.21-22 by The Project Scanlations & Manga Underground over 13 years ago
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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)
2 Omnibus (2012, Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (199 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.8 / 10.0

Last Updated
February 22nd 2023, 10:35am



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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; Digital)
Viz (5 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #746 increased(+18)
Monthly Pos #1629 increased(+173)
3 Month Pos #3430 increased(+177)
6 Month Pos #4120 increased(+1062)
Year Pos #6070 increased(+525)

List Stats
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On 399 wish lists
On 350 completed lists
On 22 unfinished lists
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So much to talk about for a war manga.  
by Zahr P.
January 11th, 2020, 6:16am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
War genre isn't my cup of tea but I still picked this up because of how I wanted to learn 1980s aesthetic.

As a novice in this area, I'm surprised to see some commenters who shamed this story just because of rape being thrown at beginning of the story and such without considering the reality part of this whole thing which I'll elaborate later here. And of course, how old the art looked like, dude it's 1980s for goodness sake.

First of all. Plot wise, it's really tight I couldn't think of any plot holes to miss for, it's pretty well written and some did happen according to the history.

Secondly, character development. Everyone connected to each other at some point. Had their own stories, as usual, I love how Tezuka told the tales of these characters while still being relevant to the plot esp. Toge and three Adolfs had me interested but Kaufmann one got my most attention for the reason because of him slowly turning to be the anti-hero of this tale as a Nazi and a sociopath, I simply was in awe for him. Hitler, second, he himself and in Kaufmann's eyes. And last was Jewish Adolf, Kamil, but damn. Everyone was strong on their own. And certainly, everything happened for some reasons.

War, love, suicide, and all that stuff to have mixed feelings for. Because rape, loot, and basically all forms of worst things were indeed present in wartime and its post war. PTSD, psychopathology and ASPD, and so on. You couldn't sugarcoat this, could you?

Summer Olympic 1936, WW2, beef btwn Japan-China, Israel-Palestine ongoing war in 1973, Lebanese wars in 1970s-1980s involving long lost enemy between two Adolfs. This certainly got me seeing esp. Adolf Hitler, Israel-Palestine in a different light now. I mean, look, war clearly changed everything both in good and bad reasons. Guilt and anxiety ridden military officers esp. Kauffman himself, driving them to the madness while justifying everything as the way to deal with their own pain. That it's order, not their own intentions nor their responsibility while sometimes it's all mixed and blurry like Lampe and Kauffman did, self explanatory of war genre which Tezuka had done his best in his Japanese view, crystal clear because there are so many at stakes here to mess for but he certainly didn't mess it up, not even in slightest.

In short, I couldn't sleep after done reading this whole heavy story because of so many thoughts running thru my brain and hence I needed some time to collect myself to write what I needed to say here. I've never had such strong feelings for so called war genre, not that I didn't expect it but still.

Aesthetic wise, I guess it's typical 1980s drawing even if it's past oriented which was pretty interesting. As for panel, it's not that hard to follow except if it's on Mangarock, whose rules were to read from left to right but in reality it's the other way around because otherwise it wouldn't make sense, as it should be.

That's all for now, I think.

... Last updated on January 11th, 2020, 6:34am
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by Sburator
July 30th, 2019, 8:59am
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
If you like when someone rape his late brother girlfriend, this manga is for you.

... Last updated on July 30th, 2019, 9:02am
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masterful storytelling. so clear. so gripping.  
by Lanthimum
May 18th, 2019, 6:42pm
Rating: N/A
This is from the 1983, yet the storytelling so crystal clear. I struggle to follow many manga, especially older ones, but this is such a clean breezy joy to read through.
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Different to my expectations  
by luzzz
October 27th, 2009, 12:17am
Rating: N/A
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?  
by Crenshinibon
June 11th, 2009, 3:06am
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
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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by pomoli
November 20th, 2007, 11:37am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
This manga is very interesting, in an historical point of view, although the art is outdated...

... Last updated on November 20th, 2007, 11:38am
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