Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tokyo Tribes

Ornate with hip-hop trappings and packed with gangland grit, Tokyo Tribes paints a vivid, somewhat surreal vision of urban youth. Rival gangs from various Tokyo barrios press each other for turf, leaving many a foot soldier bereft of life in the violent clashes. When the heat between two of the clans waxes personal, a bitter rivalry explodes into all out warfare. Manga-ka Santa Inoue's hard-hitting yet fantastical tale of Tokyo street gangs battling it out in the concrete sprawl of Japan's capital raises the bar for manga storytelling, transcending genres and conventions, and East-West competition.

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