What are the best gekiga manga?

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    #1Abandon the Old in Tokyo

    Abandon the Old in Tokyo
    Abandon the Old in Tokyo is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel is the second in Yoshihiro's three-volume series of his compiled works. It was originally published in 2006.
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    Elizabeth Nichols
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I really enjoy manga. Abandon the Old in Tokyo has great animation."
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    #2Fallen Words

    Fallen Words

    Fallen Words is a historical fiction gekiga manga written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel was originally published in 2009. Fallen Words explores the oral tradition of rakugo through visual art.

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    Sonia Solano
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Traditional stories are often not told enough. Fallen Words addresses an original story."
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    #3Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)

    Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)
    Lone Wolf and Cubis an epic samurai manga written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Goseki Kojima and published in America by Dark Horse Comics. 
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    Arjun Yadav
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "If you enjoy Samurai stories then I very much recommend you check this one out. I love graphic novels and the premise of this one sucked me right in. I think I'm going to have to pick up the other volumes in the collection immediately."
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    #4Red Colored Elegy

    Red Colored Elegy
    Red Colored Elegy is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Seiichi Hayashi. This one-volume gekiga manga was published between 1970 and 1971. In 2007, Toei Animation adapted the manga into an animated version.
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    Ashley Harris
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book is definitely not a light read. If you're looking for something that you can easy flip through, just put it back down now. The first time I read it I didn't understand what was going on, but on the fourth time going through it, I felt like I was finally starting to get it. It was some deep insight to share, but only if you're willing to put in the work to get it. "
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    #5A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by the legendary Japanese mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This slice of life and drama graphic novel was originally published in 2008. It has a 2011 film adaptation entitled Tatsumi.

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    Michelle Robinson
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Yoshihiro Tatsumi has created something totally different, a memoir that speaks to everyone, in totally original form. He tells an absorbing story using a few simple words and a few simple lines. He uses panels to pace the story, to focus details, to show facial expression, to convey emotion; in ways distinct from written autobiographies, but also distinct from film-makers, painters, photographers and anyone else who ever tried to use art to convey the feeling and meaning of a life. I feel the reviewers complaining about the lack of depth are missing the point. The author's technique cannot go below the surface, he's drawing pictures. He can use those pictures to suggest depths, but not to explore them. A writer can spend thousands of words (or more) describing internal psychological states or conveying depth in other ways. Other graphic novelists, and also film-makers and painters, attempt to do the same by leaving realism behind or by including a lot of detail. Tatsumi confines himself to simple realism, but realism as perceived at the time, and stripped down to essential lines. He tells us what he saw and leaves it to us to imagine what went on below (and above, and before, and after)."
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    #6The Push Man and Other Stories

    The Push Man and Other Stories
    The Push Man and Other Stories is a slice of life gekiga manga written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Tatsumi in 2005. This graphic novel is a compilation of all of the gekiga short stories of Tatsumi in his entire career.
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    Ann Willis
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Almost anything by Tatsumi can be considered the best gekiga manga. As long as the general storyline of The Push Man appeals to you, you won't be disappointed in this one."
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    #7Gold Pollen and Other Stories

    Gold Pollen and Other Stories

    Gold Pollen and Other Stories is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Seiichi Hayashi. This gekiga manga celebrates Seiichi's avant-garde visual representations. The author is known for this art style in the 1960s and 1970s.

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    Kelly Hoffman
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I like this manga because it's fun to read and really gets my imagination going. It's one of my favorites of all time!"
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    #8Good-Bye

    Good-Bye

    Good-Bye is a collection of gekiga stories written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel contains all the nine works produced by Yoshihiro in 1971 to 1972.

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    Jack Gonzales
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Good-Bye is a manga book by Yoshihiro Tatsumi from the 70's. It's a collection of nine stories that I really enjoyed. I recommend to manga fans who enjoy classics."

Summary

Best What are the best gekiga manga
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Abandon the Old in TokyoBooks 41 Paid
2Fallen WordsBooks 38 Paid
3Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)Books 37 Paid
4Red Colored ElegyBooks 34 Paid
5A Drifting LifeBooks 32 Paid
6The Push Man and Other StoriesBooks 28 Paid
7Gold Pollen and Other StoriesBooks 26 Paid
8Good-ByeBooks 25 Paid
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