I have just finished reading the first of the ten-volume (Japanese version) of the comic called "Barefoot Gen," which I borrowed from the Japan Foundation Library a week ago. I started reading it to practice my Japanese reading skill. Even though I still don’t have a high Japanese language proficiency to understand all of the content, I could grasp the main idea and information which the writer was trying to convey. The more I read, the more interesting it becomes. Eventually, I couldn’t even put it down. It’s addictive and educational.
Barefoot Gen is written and illustrated by Keiji Nakazawa in 1973. He retold his memories of the Second World War and the destruction of Hiroshima through this comic book. The story is set in Hiroshima, Japan where the writer used to reside at the time of the War. The comic told a story of a seven-year-old boy named Gen who experienced and survived the atomic bomb explosion that led to the end of the War. In this first volume, we saw the live and hardship of Japanese people prior to the bombing. The story ended when the bomb was dropped on 6 August 1945 and Gen suffered the lost of almost all of his family members. We will see the aftermath bombing later in the next volume. I am looking forward to read it soon.
P.S. There are 4 volumes of the English translated version of this comic series released in the States. You can check them out here.