Under the Air

Note: I have opted not to include the cover art of this volume due to its NSFW-nature.

As I’ve stated on this blog before, my first experience knowingly reading a manga was through Tezuka Osamu; Astro Boy, though not the greatest manga, was my first experience of the medium, and it holds a special place in my heart. I’ve read more volumes of Tezuka manga than probably any other author, and as I encountered so much of it when I was a teen and younger adult, reading his books make me nostalgic. It also doesn’t help that there have been considerably fewer Tezuka releases in the States since Digital Manga was granted exclusive rights to his back catalogue.

My thing with Tezuka is that I’ve always preferred his work for children over his work for adults. Tezuka’s love of moon logic as a narrative tool is easier to swallow when he’s writing for a younger audience, whereas in his adult-oriented work, it kind of takes me out of the experience. The issue is that the bulk of Tezuka’s English releases are his adult work. A lot of it is still worth reading if you’re a fan of his, but to me, it feels like we miss out on true classics in favor of his wackier, more experimental work.

Such is the case with Under the Air, the headliner of Digital Manga’s most recently fulfilled, and, if the rumors are to be believed, second-to-last, Tezuka-centric Kickstarter.  Continue reading