The works of Yoshihiro Tatsumi
In the 1960s, Yoshihiro Tatsumi coined the term gekiga, referring to an alternative style of manga that reflects the darker moments of life. His gekiga works from the 1960s and 1970s have been released in English in three volumes: ‘The Pushman and Other Stories’, ‘Abandon the Old in Tokyo’, and ‘Good-bye’.
Tatsumi was known for his realistic drawings of postwar life in 1960s Japan, when the economy started to boom and social classes became more divided. ‘Abandon the Old in Tokyo’, the second volume in the collection, follows the everyday lives of single men as they graffiti train station bathrooms, visit the Ueno Zoo and struggle to make ends meet.