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9th November 2012

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Can Callousness Become Love? (The Book of Human Insects)

Japanese cover to Osamu Tezuka's "The Book of Human Insects"

"I feel so empty…Why should a woman living life to the fullest on her own feel so empty? Momma, I want…Mr. Mizuno!!"

With how the world is today, we often hear stories about people who make others suffer and/or have no regard for the well-being of their fellow man. The media portrays them as heartless and cruel. But what if underneath their scary exteriors, they secretly have a yearning for a connection that they hope to find? This is extremely prevalent in Osamu Tezuka’s “The Book of Human Insects” with regards to the main lead character, Toshiko Tomura. She is considered to be a very callous individual who constantly manipulates men to achieve fame and glory. However, Tomura has a deep attachment to a former flame, Ryotaro Mizuno. Her confused mindset makes you wonder if extremely apathetic individuals can truly develop feelings of attachment.

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Tagged: Osamu TezukaRyotaro MizunoThe Book of Human InsectsToshiko TomuraVertical Inc.mangamanga charactermanga psychologypsychologypsychology of callousnesscompassionate brainCU traitsGod of Manga

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