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Encyclopedia > Barefoot Gen
Barefoot Gen
はだしのゲン
(Hadashi no Gen)
Genre Drama, Anti-war
Manga
Authored by Keiji Nakazawa
Publisher Flag of Japan Chuokoron-Shinsha
Flag of United States Last Gasp
Flag of Brazil Conrad
Flag of Sweden Alvglans Förlag
Flag of Norway Gevion norsk forlag
Serialized in Flag of Japan Weekly Shonen Jump
Original run June 04, 19731974
No. of volumes 10 (first edition)[1]
Movie
Directed by Flag of JapanMori Masaki
Flag of United States Carl Macek
Studio Flag of Japan Madhouse Studio
Flag of United States Orion Home Video
Released July 21, 1983
Runtime 83 min.

Barefoot Gen (はだしのゲン Hadashi no Gen?) is a manga novel written and illustrated by Keiji Nakazawa. It begins in 1945 in and around Hiroshima, Japan, where the six-year-old boy Gen lives with his family. After Hiroshima is destroyed by atomic bombing, Gen and other survivors are left to deal with the aftermath. The story is loosely based on Nakazawa's own experiences as a Hiroshima survivor. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (600 × 800 pixel, file size: 75 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Barefoot Gen This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who created the cover... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Anti war protest in Melbourne, Australia, 2003 Anti_war is a name that is widely adopted by any social movement or person that seeks to end or oppose a future or current war. ... Manga )   (pl. ... He was born in Hiroshima, and was in the city when it was destroyed by a nuclear weapon in 1945. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Last Gasp is a comics publisher and book distributor based in San Francisco, California. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Conrad Editora (also known as Conrad) is a book publishing company in Brazil. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Norway. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Weekly Shonen Jump, issue 17 2007 (Japanese version), featuring Luffy of One Piece on the cover Weekly Shonen Jump ), with a circulation of over 3 million, is one of the longest-running weekly manga compilations in Japan. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: June 2004 in sports Deaths in June • 28 Anthony Buckeridge • 26 Naomi Shemer • 26 Yash Johar • 22 Bob Bemer • 22 Thomas Gold • 22 Francisco Ortiz Franco • 16 Thanom Kittikachorn • 10 Ray Charles • 5 Ronald Reagan... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Carl Macek is an American writer and anime producer of the 1980s and 1990s. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Madhouse Production is a Japanese animation studio. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... July 21 is the 202nd day (203rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 163 days remaining. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Manga )   (pl. ... He was born in Hiroshima, and was in the city when it was destroyed by a nuclear weapon in 1945. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... For other uses, see Hiroshima (disambiguation). ... The Fat Man mushroom cloud resulting from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rises 18 km (11 mi, 60,000 ft) into the air from the hypocenter. ...

Contents

History

Hadashi no Gen was originally serialized beginning in 1973 in the mass-market manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump (Shūkan Shōnen Jampu), which had earlier published Nakazawa's autobiographical Hiroshima story "Ore wa Mita" ("I Saw It"). It was cancelled after a year and a half, and moved to three other less widely distributed magazines: Shimin (Citizen), Bunka Hyōron (Cultural Criticism), and Kyōiku Hyōron (Educational Criticism). It was published in book collections in Japan beginning in 1975. A volunteer organization, Project Gen, formed in 1976 to produce English translations, which were released in four volumes. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Weekly Shonen Jump, issue 17 2007 (Japanese version), featuring Luffy of One Piece on the cover Weekly Shonen Jump ), with a circulation of over 3 million, is one of the longest-running weekly manga compilations in Japan. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


The first volume was published in Norwegian in 1986 by GEVION norsk forlag A/S. The Norwegian title is "Gen, Gutten fra Hiroshima" (Gen, the Boy from Hiroshima).


The first volume was published in Finnish in 1985 by Jalava, but publishing was likewise abandoned. The Finnish title is "Hiroshiman poika" (The Son of Hiroshima), and Finnish translation was done by Kaija-Leena Ogihara. In 2006 Jalava republished the first volume (with its original translation) and has continued with publication of later volumes.


A new English translation has been released with an introduction by Art Spiegelman, who has compared the work to his own work, Maus. Last Gasp Publishers will eventually release ten volumes. Art Spiegelman (born February 15, 1948) is an American comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus. ... Maus: A Survivors Tale is a memoir presented as a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman. ...


Themes


Major themes throughout the work are power, hegemony, resistance and loyalty. Gen's family suffers as all families do in war. They must conduct themselves as proper members of society, as all Japanese are instructed in paying tribute to the Emperor. But because of a belief that their involvement in the war is due to the greed of the rich ruling class, Gen's father rejects the military propaganda and the family comes to be treated as traitors. Gen's family struggles with their bond of loyalty to each other and to a government that is willing to send teenagers on suicide missions in battle. This push and pull relationship is seen many times as Gen is ridiculed in school, mimicking his father's views on Japan's role in the war, and then is subsequently punished by his father for spouting things he learned through rote brainwashing in school. Many of these themes are put into a much harsher perspective when portrayed alongside themes of the struggle between war and peace.


Film

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The story begins with the everyday life of Gen and his younger brother Shinji during the second World War. It shows the struggle to find food and points out that Hiroshima has not been bombed unlike the other cities. When the bomb drops there is a long sequence of the immediate horrors of the bomb and the death of all of Gen's family apart from him and his mother. The film then focuses on the struggle to find food for Gen's mother who has given birth and milk for the baby. They eventually rebuild a version of their house and adopt a boy similar to Gen's brother. The baby dies later from malnutrition. The film ends with plants growing in spite of predictions that there would be no food for seventy years.

Spoilers end here.

Production

Despite the serious subject matter of this film, the animation style is very childish in comparison to other anime. Often action, dialogue and the images are almost expressionistic to add to the impact of the film. The falling of the bomb is shown first from the American point of view which is very orderly and impassive. Then, when the bomb explodes, the view is from the Japanese showing powerful images of people being vapourised, buildings exploding and multi-color explosions.


Influences

This film influenced the anime Grave of the Fireflies which is also about survival during World War II but differs from this film considerably in style, as for Grave of the Fireflies takes place during war, while Barefoot Gen is intended to be post-war. Grave of the Fireflies ) is a 1988 anime movie written and directed by Isao Takahata for Studio Ghibli. ...


Sequels

  • In 1976 Tengo Yamada directed a live-action version.
  • Two animated films were based on the manga, Barefoot Gen (1983) and Barefoot Gen 2 (1986), both directed by Mori Masaki for a production company that Nakazawa founded.

Barefoot Gen 2 is set three years after the bomb fell. It focuses on the continuing survival of Gen and orphans in Hiroshima. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Editions

Barefoot Gen Series

    • A Cartoon Story Of Hiroshima (Volume One) ISBN 0-86719-602-5
    • The Day After (Volume Two) ISBN 0-86719-619-X
    • Life After The Bomb (Volume Three) ISBN 0-86719-594-0
    • Out Of The Ashes (Volume Four) ISBN 0-86719-595-9
    • (Volume Five) ISBN
    • (Volume Six) ISBN
    • (Volume Seven) ISBN
    • (Volume Eight) ISBN
    • (Volume Nine) ISBN
    • (Volume Ten) ISBN

References

  1. ^ Barefoot Gen (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-05.

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See also

The Honkawa Elementary School Peace Museum (本川小学校平和資料館 Honkawa Shogakkou Heiwa Shiryokan) is a museum of the Peace in Honkawacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Japan. ...

External links

Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen) at the Internet Movie Database The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...


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But because of a belief that their involvement in the war is due to the greed of the rich ruling class, Gen's father rejects the military propaganda and the family comes to be treated as traitors.
Gen's family struggles with their bond of loyalty to each other and to a government that is willing to send teenagers on suicide missions in battle.
This push and pull relationship is seen many times as Gen is ridiculed in school, mimicking his father's views on Japan's role in the war, and then is subsequently punished by his father for spouting things he learned through rote brainwashing in school.
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