Barefoot Gen, Volume Two by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen, Volume Two

Barefoot Gen's autobiographical story - author Keiji Nakazawa was only seven years old when the atomic bomb hit his hometown of Hiroshima - tells of ordinary people dealing with extraordinary situations, both in the last days of World War II and after the nuclear attack. Volume 1 told the story of the days before the dropping of the bomb; this entry describes the devastation and chaos following the blast.

Details Barefoot Gen, Volume Two

TitleBarefoot Gen, Volume Two
Release DateSep 10th, 2004
PublisherLast Gasp
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Graphic Novels, Comics, History, War, Cultural, Japan, Nonfiction

Reviews Barefoot Gen, Volume Two

  • Louise
    This is a worthy sequel to Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima. Through the experience of Gen you see the horror lived by the author and others when the bomb fell. There is death all around and the trials of the living are ghastly. There are gangs stealing what little food is is. People are desperate, but still maintain their pecking order. This book demonstrates the ability of the graphic novel format to convey a powerful stor...
  • Carol Storm
    Not nearly as strong as volume one, the second volume of this epic tale describes the immediate aftermath of the A Bomb landing in Hiroshima in 1945.The first volume ended with unspeakable horror as young Gen survives the A Bomb blast, only to look on helplessly as his father, baby brother, and baby sister are burned alive in the city wide fires. This second volume covers the next few days, as Gen tries to help his mother and newborn sister find ...
  • Karyl
    The Day After picks up where Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima leaves off. The bomb has destroyed Hiroshima, and only Gen and his pregnant mother have survived. His father, sister Eiko, and brother Shinji were trapped under the rubble of their home and perished in the ensuing firestorm. The depictions of those who survived the initial blast are hard to look at -- people with their clothes blown off, with skin hanging down lik...
  • Jolien
    I think it was an interesting read. I'll write a review on my blog soon. So expect that on monday :3 <3
  • Scott
    Volume two of "Barefoot Gen" follows Gen from directly after the bombing of Hiroshima to what would seem to be a few days later. The scenes of the devastation and suffering in Hiroshima are very moving. And the general shortage of practically everything has pretty much reduced everyone to a grim struggle just to get by. For the most part, everyone that Gen encounters has either been horribly maimed by the bomb, lost most of their family, or is on...
  • Peacegal
    Barefoot Gen vol. 2 exceeds its amazing predecessor. This Japanese graphic novel focuses upon a WWII-era Hiroshima family's devastation after the explosion of the atomic bomb.Nakazawa's illustrations are done in the very cartoony, old-school anime style. That's what makes it even more jarring to see the characters enduring unspeakable suffering. Don't be fooled by the cutsey character design and think you're in for an easy read. Think maggots cra...
  • Eric
    An intense visual representation of the horrors the atomic bomb unleashed on Japanese citizens. Probably the most powerful book I have ever read on the devastating and inhumane effects of the atom bomb. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Cathy
    I think with any story that is painful to tell, the listener must also be in the mood to hear said painful stories. I am not saying that we must be silent, but I was listening to a podcast of a woman whose father was a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp and he would not tell his story to her. She kept asking and when he was dying, she asked him to please tell her his story. Her father said once I open that door, it cannot be closed. That is ho...
  • Ogan
    This is the hardest piece of manga I've ever read in my life. It's so gut wrenching, so realistic. You cant stop yourself from biting your lips with anger while reading it... Everything is so real in it, you can almost taste it. A master piece indeed. You also get to see the other side of the Japanese culture, the cold, unyielding, pretentious side of it... How hard was it to live as a Japanese person all those years in that rigid culture, one on...
  • Miriam Hunker-kepschull
    Wow...This was a tough read. But, really eye opening.
  • Neko
    Paling ngeri saat badai lalat karena banyak belatung pada mayat-mayat di jalan. (view spoiler)[Tambahan lagi saat ada yang ususnya keluar dari perut, meletusnya nanah di wajah, kulit yang terkelupas (anjirlah, digambarinnya kayak kulit apel yang dikelupas), belatung di mana-mana, pokoknya ngeri banget!!! (hide spoiler)]
  • Esther Meneses
  • Chris Blocker
    Barefoot Gen: The Day After, the second book in the Barefoot Gen series, picks up right where its predecessor left off. Nakazawa left many of the horrors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima for this second volume. Though there are many journeys and themes in this volume, it seemed more cohesive than Volume 1. The severity of the situation has set in for both the reader and Gen, and this gives significance to every event, leaving little room for co...
  • Lastik
    un manga que sigue mostrándonos todas las barbaridades que sufrieron las victimas de la bomba atómica. Sus consecuencias, y si eso no fuera suficiente, los américanos los aprovecharon como "experimento. En este tomo se nota mucho más el tono anti belicista, americanos e imperio nipón que tiene el autor. La verdadera lucha de estas personas comenzó después, y fue para la supervivencia.Más sobre mi opinión en la reseña del bloghttp://alma...
  • Riverofbears
    Holy Shit! Keji Nakazawa doesnt pull any punches here. In fact, after this i kinda feel like youre aren qualifed to determine what "pulling punches" MEANS before reading this. That said the comic is rather one note, at times just piling horrendous situations on top of eachother. I also found that that the story reduced some people too monsters in a crude way that didnt gel with me (the Children at Gens mothers friends house). Leaving at a posetiv...
  • Kelly
    I didn't feel strongly about this graphic novel at all, whether hate or love. I didn't really connect with the characters, not feeling emotional about them or their plight, despite the topic being incredibly hard-hitting and emotional. Was this because of their cartoon design? Perhaps.But still, not my favourite.
  • Deidre
    Tough to read, due to its graphic nature, but it's history. Important, living history.
  • D
    Keiji Nakazawa was 6 when the atomic bomb was dropped on his hometown of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. He survived not only the initial blast, but also the hellish aftermath in the razed city. He later recounted his vivid memories through his manga character Gen.---Gen, his mother, and his newborn sister have survived the bombing, whereas his father, older sister, and younger brother are killed after being trapped under their collapsed house and bur...
  • Shaleh
    It's been awhile since I read Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima -- and there is a reason for that. You can't read Barefoot Gen for lengthy periods of time and probably shouldn't read it before bed. Despite being a cartoon, Volume 2 is just as heart-wrenching and disturbing as the first.The disturbing parts are very heavy in the first half of this book, bodies in water tanks swelling like watermelons, bursting stomachs ful...
  • Keen
    4.5 Stars!“As it has always been, it is the powerless, nameless, ordinary people who die in wars waged by a handful of men in power.”This is the second instalment in the ten part “Barefoot Gen” series. Horror and comedy clash messily in this gristly first-hand account of Hiroshima. From the opening scenes of people’s faces melting off as they cry out for water, this obviously makes for an intense and uncomfortable reading experience. Na...
  • Derek
    The first volume of Barefoot Gen focused on Gen's life before and as the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. This second volume focuses on Gen's struggle to find his way (with his mother and newborn sister) right after the bomb is dropped.Gen struggles to accept that most of his family was killed in the bombing, but it's amazing to see how Gen, through everything, continues to be a boy of very strong character. He struggles to find food but whe...
  • Sophie Muller
    The two episodes that touched me the most in this second book are: the young girl who wants to kill herself because she won't be able to dance again; how hard it is to rely on others' kindness.Gen finds this young girl, crying and looking for her mother in the rubbles. Her face has been badly burned but not knowing it, she asks Gen:"Am I pretty, really? Don't lie to me.""Y...yes, you are. You"be got a slight burn, though.""Oh, that's a relief! If...
  • Eddie Avila
    This is a great book because it puts you in a place where you want to know more about what’s going to happen next.This book is also a great book because the way people interact with one another, as well as the point of view people that they have with each other and those unknown around them.It also keeps the reader entertained and interested
  • Mallory
    This volume was deeply chilling, more so than the first one and I didn't know that was possible. It should be required reading for anyone that thinks the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings were justified.
  • Lisa
    Brutal aftermath of the bomb. I still don't love the art and the narrative seems a bit emotionally detached but I am interested to see what happens.
  • Lidwina
    Must Read Book !
  • Rainbowfittania
    kan niet wachten op deel3
  • Eva Mpatshi
    These comics are really testing my faith in humanity. I find myself cursing over what happens to Gen on almost every page.This comic is so strong. I can't wait to start book 3
  • WaferBiscuits
    It builds and soars from the first volume, maintaining its horror and humanity in all of its ugly truths
  • Melissa Ota
    Very nice follow-up from the first volume, again the tears didn't stop since I first picked up the book.