I haven’t bought Manga, other than Onepiece, in years. The last Manga I bought was Death Note. I only want to buy manga that I know I will read again and again, and does not consist of long volume, Except for Onepiece (I want this manga to run up till 100 volumes).
About a month ago, I saw a manga called Pandemic by Kakizaki Masasumi (Original Story by Eiga [Kansen Rettou] Seisakuiinkai). The front cover really intrigues me…but I didn’t have spare money at that time, so no matter how curious I was, I couldn’t buy it. Few days ago, I finally bought it…and I have no regret of buying it.
The story’s background is based on recent influenza virus. influenza Virus keeps on changing and Kakizaki Masasumi takes it to a higher level. At first, the story reminds me of The Stand by Stephen King, but it isn’t the same…the basic idea might be same which is an influenza virus that wipe out society while others remain immune, but the focus are different, how the story flows is also different.
This is the 1st time I saw a manga with colored pages (Indonesian edition tends to remove the colored pages). The story begins with horrifying pictures of dead people scattered on the street, some crows ate the dead. It is a scenery from February 24, 2011.
About 50 days before that horrifying pictures …
Dr. Tsuyoshi Matsuoka of Isumino hospital had an unusual patient. He looks like someone who is infected by influenza but the test gives negative result. However, the next day, his health decreases drastically. His oxygen level in his blood decreases drastically, high fever, vomiting blood, diarrhea, etc…a multi-organ failure caused by infections all around his body. He died nor long after that. His wife is also sick.
On January 5, 2011 at 03.28, Hidetoshi Manabe becomes the 1st victim of ‘IT’.
Teaser from this manga > here
From that day on, more and more people are infected by ‘IT’. A chicken farm near that area is suspected to be the cause.
Dr. Eiko Kobayashi from WHO comes to Isumino Hospital. She tries to catch the virus and finds the antidote. Eiko was Tsuyoshi’s friend. She asks for everyone’s corporation in order to fight the virus.
The owner of the chicken farm fells responsible and commits suicide, ironically few moments later, WHO claimed that the virus is a new breed and they named it ‘Blame‘. and presumably, the antidote will be ready 6 months later.. All Japan has to do is hang on and try as hard as they can till the antidote ready. More and more people are killed, so many dead bodies and there is not enough place to bury them all.
I really like this Manga…I think Pandemic is Amazing, both in the story and in the graphic. The drawing is superb and artistic. Every panel is full with background. The expression of the characters are well drawn, it gives the sense of dramatic and sadness. The story’s pace is fast but we can still follow what happen and it still has high emotion. What makes it better,the translator didn’t erase the important Japanese characters like they usually do when translating Manga…instead, they wrote its translation on the side bar…I find this revolutionary. All manga translator should do the same!
Without any hesitation, I rate this manga with 4 stars out of 5.
Here are some panels from this Manga
Last week, just a glimpse, I saw a DVD with Pandemic as its title…I wonder was it this pandemic or not? If it this, I want to watch it…I’ll search more information on this matter.
Read about the movie in here.
I’m sharing this review for my Manga Challenge 2010 and as my 6th book for New Author Challenge 2010 and my 6th post for Read The Book See The Movie Challenge.