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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935654195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935654193
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What made the original No Longer Human so great — and what has been carried forward into this version — is not just the fact that it has such an impact, but that it uses its impact to connect to things that haven’t diminished with the passage of time...We are moved most profoundly by tragedy not because pain is more worthy of art than joy, but because it’s loss (and, perhaps, the salvation and redemption that can come afterwards) that inspires use to reflect and understand far more deeply than simply winning... Great art, no matter how much sadness it encompasses, is exhilarating because it showcases people working at the top of their game." - Genji Press 

"Never have I read a manga which made me understand and feel what it meant to be no longer human...For a first volume, [No Longer Human, part 1] was beautiful and I loved it dearly to feel the need to write this. And how I wished it had garnered enough attention in Japan for it to merit some kind of award because personally, I felt Furuya deserved it...If darkness made me understand the other side of humanity, then I don’t mind sinking deeper." - Otaku Champloo

"No Longer Human
was a great read. Usamaru Furuya’s stylish and simultaneously unembellished artwork works seamlessly with the story...The poignancy of volume one’s last words lingers with me even now, leaving me eager to see what places both of mind and body we’ll experience in volume two." - Kuriosity

"[No Longer Human] is essentially one long downward spiral for the character, but it’s not joyless as there’s hints of what his plans for the future are after he hits rock bottom at the end of this first volume. This may not be as visually imaginative as the mangaka’s other works, but the overall storytelling is enough for me to recommend it to those looking for something different in the manga and comics diet." - Glick's Comics Picks 

About the Author

After graduating from Tama University of the Arts, Tokyo native Usamaru Furuya turned his attention to the world of comics. Since his debut in 1994, he has gone on to draw sixteen titles. First translated into English in the nineties before the onset of the manga boom, he won an expectant cult following in the United States that is being rewarded only today with a new spate of localizations.

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Very good Manga adaptation May 16 2012
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I have read the book No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. This manga is a very good adaptation from that book, of course, you need to read all three mangas to see the whole book, but what this manga does cover is very accurate. Although there are a few name changes from book to manga if you've read the book, the main character Yozo himself says that he's not sure if he even remembers that person's name, so those names could be anything really. The manga artist of these books used that.
The manga artist of this book paid great attention to detail in recounting the events from the original book.

This is a dark manga, it touches on themes that some may say are disturbing, but I thoroughly enjoyed this manga series and would recommend it to anyone who's a bit more mature than your average manga reader.
This story is very fulfilling and every manga in this series is very much worth reading.

If you enjoyed reading No Longer Human, this manga adaptation will be a real treat!

Also, I'm not sure if this bothers most manga purists but this book reads from left to right, like any western book.