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The year is 1945. Amidst the fever of war, one man will be forced to decide between family and country. Tsutomu Yamaguchi is a navy engineer for a war that is all but lost. When a mission arises that separates him from his family, Yamaguchi makes a fateful, haunting decision. The mission: to help design a Japanese battleship. The destination: Hiroshima. Fearful that the Ame The year is 1945. Amidst the fever of war, one man will be forced to decide between family and country. Tsutomu Yamaguchi is a navy engineer for a war that is all but lost. When a mission arises that separates him from his family, Yamaguchi makes a fateful, haunting decision. The mission: to help design a Japanese battleship. The destination: Hiroshima. Fearful that the Americans will invade Nagasaki while he is away, Yamaguchi gives his wife hopeless instructions. But he is unaware that it is the dawn of the atomic age. When an act of unspeakable destruction teaches Yamaguchi the value of life, he must risk everything to return to his wife and child and prevent the death he had imagined for them. Assisted by his friends Iwanaga and Sato, Yamaguchi returns from Hiroshima having witnessed horrors that no person had seen before. Yamaguchi's journey from the heart of mankind's most destructive weapon is a story about a man who experiences senseless destruction and reevaluates his concept of life, love, country and duty.


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The year is 1945. Amidst the fever of war, one man will be forced to decide between family and country. Tsutomu Yamaguchi is a navy engineer for a war that is all but lost. When a mission arises that separates him from his family, Yamaguchi makes a fateful, haunting decision. The mission: to help design a Japanese battleship. The destination: Hiroshima. Fearful that the Ame The year is 1945. Amidst the fever of war, one man will be forced to decide between family and country. Tsutomu Yamaguchi is a navy engineer for a war that is all but lost. When a mission arises that separates him from his family, Yamaguchi makes a fateful, haunting decision. The mission: to help design a Japanese battleship. The destination: Hiroshima. Fearful that the Americans will invade Nagasaki while he is away, Yamaguchi gives his wife hopeless instructions. But he is unaware that it is the dawn of the atomic age. When an act of unspeakable destruction teaches Yamaguchi the value of life, he must risk everything to return to his wife and child and prevent the death he had imagined for them. Assisted by his friends Iwanaga and Sato, Yamaguchi returns from Hiroshima having witnessed horrors that no person had seen before. Yamaguchi's journey from the heart of mankind's most destructive weapon is a story about a man who experiences senseless destruction and reevaluates his concept of life, love, country and duty.

33 review for Pika-Don

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daniella

    Pika-Don The graphic novel, Pika-Don, by The Stanford Graphic Novel Project, was inspired by a true story and takes place in 1945, a couple months before the Atomic bomb was first dropped in Nagasaki, Japan. Tustomu Yamaguchi must choose between helping his country in the war, or his family. Tustomu Yamaguchi is an engineer and was told to work in Hiroshima to help design a Japanese battleship. He feels heartbroken to have to leave his wife and newborn son during the war for his job. He makes th Pika-Don The graphic novel, Pika-Don, by The Stanford Graphic Novel Project, was inspired by a true story and takes place in 1945, a couple months before the Atomic bomb was first dropped in Nagasaki, Japan. Tustomu Yamaguchi must choose between helping his country in the war, or his family. Tustomu Yamaguchi is an engineer and was told to work in Hiroshima to help design a Japanese battleship. He feels heartbroken to have to leave his wife and newborn son during the war for his job. He makes the decision to leave as he says it’s what is best. He needs to help fight in the war by making battleships with limited supplies. Before leaving to Hiroshima with his friends Iwanaga and Sato, Tustomu writes a letter to his wife and three month old son. The letter tells his wife and son what to do if he doesn’t come back. Tustomu heads out to Hiroshima without knowing the attack of the atomic-bomb is coming soon. On August 6th, 1945, the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb and he survives. He must rush back so that his loving wife will never have to read his letter and he can return to Nagasaki. When he arrives home to his family and tells everyone about what he just experienced everyone thinks he’s going crazy but then days later another bomb dropped in Nagasaki, after what he experienced he’s determined to protect his family. A graphic novel I think is the best way to tell this story because of how touchy the subject is. The drawings are made not cartoon-like, but have sharp features and dark colors which makes it more serious. The limited color pallet of dark shades make the drawings have less distractions, helping the reader focus on the important parts of the image. For example, one drawing from the beginning of the book, is of Tustomu in the beach and the image is zoomed yet it is clear that he was holding something in his hand, it was a goodbye letter that he’d written to his wife before leaving to Hiroshima. I did not know I’d find myself enjoying this book as much as I did. Usually, I enjoy reading stories and painting pictures of everything in my head through the author's words. Except, these compelling graphic drawings; with short but powerful dialogue and the dramatic real life experiences, make this a book worth reading.Not only does it tell an incredible story but it’s displayed through sequential art unlike many other books. If you enjoy reading about life changing experiences you should definitely read this novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charles Barragan

    Beautiful and chilling narrative about one man's experience facing both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear attacks by the United States. Starkly illustrated in black and white, one becomes all too familiar with the horror of these weapons of mass destruction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    The true story Tustomu Yamaguchi (1916-2010), the only person documented to have survived both the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Horrific, tragic, and profoundly moving.

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