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Reference: Matsumoto, Taiyo (2007) Tekkonkinkreet Black & White. VIZ Media LLC, California
Condition: As new
Dust jacket: As new: Gloss paper.
Number of pages: 614
Dimensions: 25.5cm x 18cm x 3.5cm Weight:1.23kg
Description: Tekkonkinkreet is a seinen manga (Japanese comics targeted at young males, generally aged 18 to 30) consisting of 32 chapters, or skirmishes. Written by the Japanese author Taiyo Matsumoto, it was originally serialized from 1993 to 1994 in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Spirits. It was first published in English as Tekkonkinkreet: Black & White and serialized between 1998 and 2000 in North America and re-released in 2007. In 2006 it was made into a feature-length Japanese anime film of the same name. (Anime as a style of animation which originates in Japan, and typically has colourful graphics. Themes featured are targeted at adult audiences.)
The story of Tekkonkinkreet concerns two orphans, called Kuro and Shiro. Kuro is a streetwise punk, also called Black, and Shiro is an innocent dope, referred to as White. They live in the concrete jungle of Treasure Town, a generic Asian metropolis. Although young children they fearlessly, and brutally attack thugs, religious fanatics and yakuza, or members of Japanese crime syndicates. When a syndicate wants to tear down Treasury Town and rebuild it a manner that will suit their goals, Black and White work to prevent their plans from succeeding.
The two young heroes essentially represent the ideal of keeping a sense of humanity and a degree of innocence alive in the impersonal, violent and corrupt modern world. It has a “nice dose of Peter Pan in it, a ‘lost boys’ kind of quality”.
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