Fume-Induced Divine Ramblings


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Osamu Tezuka’s “MW”

I finished reading it yesterday, I couldn’t wait to get to the end. The characters really got to me, I love a good anti-hero. There were several elements that reminded me of Lautreamont’s Les Chants de Maldoror, although I have to say I vastly prefer Maldoror. Maldoror is a horrible being, the shark scene and the God scene will be forever branded in my brain.

MW is a political work, Tezuka launches a serious critique of US foreign policy and a sort of call for Japanese sovereignty. This line of critique echoes Yukio Mishima in The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea. Unfortunately, I also see condemnation of homosexuality in Yuki, Father Garai, the Lieutenant, etc. There always seems to a “girl” in a pairing. Ugh.


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And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
May 2018
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