Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

by Shigeru Mizuki and Jocelyne Allen

Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

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From one of Japan's most famous cartoonists comes the semiautobiographical account of the final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of WorldWar II. Mizuki was a soldier himself and draws from personal experiences of a demoralizing war.

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