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Yakuza Moon: The True Story of a Gangster's Daughter (The Manga Edition) (Paperback)

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By Shoko Tendo, Sean Michael Wilson (Adapted by), Michiru Morikawa (Illustrator)
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In this lively and inspiring adaptation by a rising star in the manga world, and with illustrations by a leading artist, Shoko Tendo’s powerful story has been recreated. Yakuza Moon is a heartrending and eye-opening account of her experiences growing up in Japan’s gangster society.

Born into the family of a wealthy yakuza boss, Shoko Tendo lived her early years in luxury. But labeled "the yakuza kid," she was the victim both of bullying and discrimination from teachers and classmates at school, and of her father’s drunken rages at home. Then, the family fell into debt, and Tendo fell in with the wrong crowd. By the age of fifteen she was a gang member; by the age of eighteen, a drug addict; and in her twenties, a willing participant in a series of abusive and violent relationships with men.

Tendo sank lower and lower. After the death of her parents and her own suicide attempt, she began a tortuous, soul-searching reevaluation of the road she had taken. An unconventional act of empowerment (getting tattooed from the base of her neck to the tips of her toes) finally helped her take control of her life, leading to redemption and happiness.

Already an international success and translated into fourteen languages, Tendo’s story is sure to appeal to many new fans in this outstanding graphic version.

About the Author

Yakuza Moon is Shoko Tendo’s first book. She lives in Tokyo with her young daughter and works as a freelance writer.

Sean Michael Wilson has written a number of comic books and manga, including KI’s Hagakure. He is also the editor of the groundbreaking collection AX: Alternative Manga.

Michiru Morikawa, an artist and illustrator, won the prestigious International Manga and Anime Award in the U.K., and the prize for Best New Manga Artist from Kodansha in Tokyo.

Praise For…

"A chilling and tawdry tale about family life and romance among the yakuza." --The Wall Street Journal

"A thrilling exclusive glimpse into a life rarely experienced firsthand." --Time Out Chicago

"The first female ever to break the code of silence and speak about life for women in the underworld...her best-selling memoir shocked [Japan]... with its graphic accounts of her addictions to sex, drugs and violent lovers. " --Marie Claire

A "worthy adaptation. . .Morikawa effectively conveys the human element. The emotions and when appropriate, the vulnerability of the subject is always unmistakable in the visual depictions. I imagine that every scene successfully projects the original author’s intended sentiments." – Ain’t It Cool News

"Here we have a manga adaptation of the compelling memoir from the daughter of a Japanese mobster boss. Tendo’s original drew words like "powerful" and "blunt". . .and sold over 100,000 copies." – Library Journal

"'Yakuza Moon' is a wonderful manga adaptation by Sean Michael Wilson. I personally haven't read Shoko's book but Michiru Morikawa's manga illustrations really do make you feel the emotions that she has gone through. . . . I don't think I have ever seen a story like this, in manga, anime, drama or film from Japan. And to follow Japanese culture for so long and read something that was even surprising for me is quite rare. So I really appreciate reading Shoko Tendo's memoir but also grateful that Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa chose Tendo's 'Yakuza Moon' for a manga adaption. . . .I highly recommend 'Yakuza Moon: The Manga Edition.'" -- J!-ENT

". . . completely enthralling. . . . the life of Shoko Tendo is an eye-opening and fascinating story. . . . Appropriately for a comic adapted from an autobiography, this book really puts readers inside the head of its protagonist. We get to experience Shoko's world from her perspective, imagine her world with her voice, and see the world through her eyes. . . . While I found the core plot of the book to be very interesting, I haven't discussed the remarkable job that Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa do in adapting this story. I was struck by the intimacy I felt for Shoko and how effectively Wilson and Morikawa brought the character to life." -- Comics Bulletin
Product Details
ISBN: 9784770031464
ISBN-10: 4770031467
Publisher: Kodansha International
Publication Date: July 1st, 2011
Pages: 192
Language: English