Gekiman! How I created Go Nagai's Devilman, the review

Gekiman! How I created Go Nagai's Devilman, the review

Gekiman! How I created Go Nagai's Devilman

What if the genesis of a manga was itself a manga? Gekiman! How I created Devilman is the umpteenth gimmick of Go Nagai: a manga whose protagonist is the manga version of himself. Discover the genesis of one of the most appreciated works of the Master Go Nagai!

Gekiman! How I created Devilman: an autobiographical manga

The world of manga has honored the great Master Go Nagai for decades. Creator of some of the unique mecha and demon sagas, Nagai has made school with works that have influenced him and that continue to influence entire generations of mangaka. His name is linked to that of series such as, as regards the mecha, Grendizer, Jeeg Robot D 'steel and Mazinger, Devilman and Shutendoji as regards the demonic vein. Not to mention all his other works.

If you are a fan of his works, you probably already know that the main sources of inspiration for Devilman (if you have never read him or are collectors who already know opera, you can find the volumes of the manga here on Amazon) are classical and Christian mythology, the Divine Comedy (hence the name of the nuce version of Devilman, Mao Dante) and the wonderful illustrations for the Comedy by Gustave Doré. However, questions remain about the complete genesis of the work: who was Nagai inspired by for the design of his characters? How was the intertwining in his mind born and how did it develop?

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An aspect that in fact readers may tend to overlook is all that is behind the manga they are reading: the pressures that the authors suffer from the publishing houses, the methods and timing of work, and much more. If you've ever wondered what mangaka's work is like, then Gekiman! How I created Devilman will also be able to answer your questions.

Gekiman! How I created Devilman: a meta-manga

We could define Gekiman! How I created Devilman a meta-manga, or a manga within a manga. That is, it is a manga that speaks of another manga. It is an original narrative choice by an original author, which therefore makes the use of the work more captivating for fans of his manga, who can read the autobiography of a part of the life of a mangaka they love written and illustrated. directly from him. Go Nagai has transformed his life into a full-bodied manga full of information and curiosities, a real gold mine for fans.

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The Reading of Gekiman! How I created Devilman it flows smoothly, in line with the writing style that Go Nagai has accustomed us to throughout his long career. Even the tables reflect what is the style of this author: raw, dirty, decidedly not inclined to elegance (in this, we could also say that Nagai is the antithesis of Hirohiko Araki) and definitely very prone to splatter and violence . Nagai's graphic style may or may not like it, but it is unique and visually very powerful, and has influenced many mangaka, including the late Kentaro Miura, who in his Berserk has honored Devilman several times.

L J-Pop edition of Gekiman! How I created Devilman

Gekiman! How I created Devilman is distributed in Italy by J-Pop. The edition in our possession is the complete one, which therefore contains all three volumes that make it up. The volumes, excellently bound, have a black and white flexible cover illustrated with the plates of Go Nagai; as protection, each volume is wrapped in a plastic-coated dust jacket with a different colored illustration as the cover. Another detail is that, by combining the spines of all three volumes, the title of the work emerges.

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Ultimately, Gekiman! How I created Devilman is a truly unmissable work for Go Nagai fans. Thanks to its compelling narrative and to its expressive, bloody and explicit (even sexually) tables when needed, this manga within the manga is full of curiosity and information on the genesis of Devilman and on the life of its author. The Italian edition of the manga, published by J-Pop, is curated and richly illustrated also in the covers, which enjoy the double protection of the plastic-coated dust jackets and the box that contains all three volumes that together make up the work in its entirety. An essential reading for all lovers of Devilman, one of the most significant manga ever.

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