Last year, I alerted readers to a manga version of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital in manga form, noting that the easy-to-read version of Communism’s main manifesto had sold 6,000 copies just days after. its exit.
Publisher EastPress Co. must have been blown away by how much profit they were making from the manga Marx – ironic as it may be – and just six months later an entire series of manga masterpieces struck. the shelves of Japanese stores. Included in the group, although more of a master race than a masterpiece, is Adolf Hitler’s vitriolic plan for megalomaniacal domination of the world.
Mein Kampf (My battle in English; Waga T? S? in Japanese) is now available online at Amazon Japan, priced at 580 yen (around $ 6.20) each. Tax is included; maybe a ShamWow too for all we know. The irony returns once again as Amazon suggests readers buy EastPress Co.’s Mein Kampf along with Marx‘s Das Kapital for just 1,160 yen (around $ 12.40). Foreign bed mates have not yet shared the same living space in the library and somewhere Molotov and Ribbentrop are smiling.
The original Mein Kampf may have detailed Der Future Fuhrer’s power struggle, but the manga version finds the road to sales success as easy as a walk in the park. In a tank. In 1939.
Over 45,000 copies have been sold … although none in Germany, where the Bavarian Ministry of Finance owns the copyright to Mein Kampf and, under German law, has the right to prohibit the sale of all versions in or in the former wartime ally of Japan. . Asked about this by a reporter for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, a ministry spokesperson responded (with an icy Otto Preminger accent and while spinning a dentist’s burr, we imagine) “We find it difficult to view manga as an appropriate medium for critically presenting this problematic material.” Is it safe? Obviously not!
EastPress Co. publishes 43 different works in its Dokuha Manga series which includes landmark works from the philosophy and literature of Machiavelli, Dante, Goethe, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, Saint-Exupéry and others – which are probably all spinning in their graves. (via Japan Probe, Anime News Network and Nerdsomosnozes)