In this interview, translator Alan Gleason talks to Keiji Nakazawa about The result was a page autobiography in comics form, Ore wa Mita (I Saw It). Originally written in , I Saw It is a translation of Keiji Nakazawa’s Ore wa Mita. The comic is an autobiography following Nakazawa’s. I Saw It (Keiji Nakazawa, ). Click HERE to follow along. Keiji Nakazawa ( ). Posted by Christopher Sobieniak at PM.

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I wanted to write on these themes for a bigger publisher.

I Saw It: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima, a Survivor’s True Story

The story was translated into English and published as a one-shot comic book by Educomics as I Saw It. Other, and probably easier to obtain, works by the author include: Right about then I kriji that the back of my head and neck felt really itchy. If an artist is angry at what is going on in the world, he should be writing about it. During the war, if you were caught with subversive works like that, you could be arrested. Yeah, around pages. His editor encouraged him to expand the story, and the following year Nakazawa began Hadashi no Gen “Barefoot Gen”a fictionalized version of his experiences.

I Saw It: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima, a Survivor’s True Story by Keiji Nakazawa

I did that until I was There were vegetable fields on both sides of the road around us, completely covered with bodies.

At some point, you also started giving talks in public. Was there ever pressure from his higher-ups at the company about your work? Keiji was knocked unconscious. They wanted to know what the war and the atomic bombing were really like.

Ever since GenI guess. When he was in Kyoto, a lot of his friends were leftists who were opposed to the war.


Nakazawa’s purpose in writing it was to teach a new generation about the horror and reality of atomic war. He writes mainly about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which he survived. Only a mile from ground zero, he miraculously survived with minimal injuries, but he lost his father, brother and sister in the ensuing holocaust.

Actually, you could say the Communists turned me down too; Bunka Hyoron was affiliated with the Communist Party, but they cancelled Gen when they ran out of money. I decided I had to draw manga full-time, so I moved to Tokyo. Trivia About I Saw It: I wanted to do something that would help with my cartooning, so I decided to be a sign painter. It felt cool to their burned bodies, I guess. Can you tell us about your childhood before the bomb? Painting signs gives you practice sketching, lettering and coloring — all skills that you need for manga.

Their skin was burned completely black. Keiji returned to his home to learn nakazasa his mother, who had recently given birth to a baby girl, was waiting for him by the tracks on Yamaguchi Street. No, I was still just a kid. But we had nothing to study with — no paper, no textbooks, no desks. Do you have any favorite cartoons or cartoonists from the U. Keijl survivors discovered later that the bomb had permanently tainted them with its invisib 8: Keiji Nakazawa was six years old when he experienced this holocaust.

Then, just at that moment, there was a huge flash. No one knew what it was. Was it just like in the book? He had difficulty selling this story, though, because the publishers felt it was too dark. Keljithe editors at Weekly Shonen Jump, one of the major manga magazines, asked several of it’s artists to create autobiographical stories for a special issue.


The story takes place in the present. As you were growing up in postwar Hiroshima, did you talk about things like that with your friends? The title was Spark One. A Survivor’s True Story. Even the right-wingers cried when they read it!

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Barefoot Gen depicted the bombing and its aftermath in graphic detail, with Gen’s experiences being even more harrowing than Nakazawa’s own. Nicke rated it liked it Feb 20, He is a feisty, stubborn and warm-hearted man who seems remarkably untraumatized by the unspeakable experiences of his childhood. Her hair was all burned, her face and skin were black, and she was staring straight at me. When he returned to Hiroshima to meet his mother, she had recovered though she was unable to walk freely.

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I spent all my free time reading it over and over. It also turned a critical eye on the militarization of Japanese society during World War II and on the sometimes abusive dynamics of the traditional family. When the blast from the bomb hit people in the face, their eyeballs would pop out and dangle from their sockets. Back to Story Show Parent Thread. She draws the frame lines, erases the penciling, puts in the screen-tone, cleans it up.