Two-Page Spreads and War : Battlefield Representations and Individual Expressions in Norakuro
Access this Article
In the manga series Norakuro, author Tagawa Suihō employs a multifaceted, multilayered style of expression to depict a variety of scenes related to war. This manga series for children was published between 1931 and 1941 and centered on the military exploits of a stray dog called Norakuro. In the series, Tagawa effectively uses two-page spreads – one image across two pages – to convey both the expansive nature of the battlefield and the individual experiences of the characters involved in conflict. Over time, as the issues and themes of war appeared more frequently in children's manga, Tagawa's use of the two-page spread increased, and this form of expression became indivisible from the depiction of battlefields. In this paper, I will examine not only the ways in which the forms of expression employed in two-page spreads in Norakuro transformed as the lived realities of war influenced manga content, but also the ways in which Tagawa's own worldview and ideals informed his depictions.
- Dōjin Journal : An academic journal on popular cultures established by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Dōjin Journal : An academic journal on popular cultures established by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (1), 1-13, 2020-11-30
International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Project Promotion Office