Saturday, February 6, 2010
Scanlation Get: Historie
This week I am keeping up the theme of “Serious Historical Fiction” with Historie. A title by Hitoshi Iwaaki who is best known for for the sci-fi manga Parasyte. This time we delve even further in the past in to ancient Greece with the life of Eumenes. This is a man who served in many functions in his life including being secretary to a king, a general, and a scholar. Historie is told from the point of view of Eumenes who is a bright and very smart youth (something he puts to good use). He is also friendly and kind, often willing to help those in need. Early in the story his life takes several twists and turns from having a strong and wealthy family, to being a slave, and then meeting Philip II of Macedon which again causes his life to change drastically. We also meet other famous historical characters such as Aristotle and a young Alexander (as in The Great) as Eumenes interacts with them.
Once again this isn't a title for everyone but for those who like historical or serious stories it is a very good read. Also if you like Iwaaki's other work Parasyte, I highly suggest reading this. Both of very different but both handle a lot of interesting moral themes very well.