Naoki Yamamoto's Red Historical Manga Ends
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Kodansha published the compiled book volume of Naoki Yamamoto's Red Saishūshō Asama Sansō no 10-hiai (Red: The Final Chapter, Ten Days at Asama Mountain Lodge) on Thursday. The volume concludes Yamamoto's Red series, which also includes Red and Red Saigo no 60-hi Soshita Asama Sansō e (Red: The Final 60 Days and on to Asama Mountain Lodge).
The Red historical manga tells the story of Japan's United Red Army communist terrorist group from 1969 to 1972. The group had 29 members, but leaders killed 14 members before the group was dissolved in 1972. In the manga, the militant group is called the Red League.
The Red Saishūshō Asama Sansō no 10-hiai manga's story centers on the final ten days of the United Red Army in the Asama-Sansō incident, which took place from February 19-28, 1972. The remaining members of the group broke into a lodge on Mount Asama and took one of the lodge keepers hostage. Police eventually stormed the lodge and ended the standoff. Two police officers and a civilian died in the incident, which was televised live in Japan for more than 10 hours. The television marathon had a peak rating of 89.7%.
The compiled volume of Red Saishūshō Asama Sansō no 10-hiai also includes a testimonial from Yasuhiro Uegaki, a former member of the United Red Army who was not involved in the Asama-Sansō incident.
Yamamoto's Red manga ran in Kodansha's Evening magazine from 2006 to 2013, and Kodansha released eight compiled book volumes. The series won an Excellence Prize in the Manga division of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs' 14th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2010. The Red Saigo no 60-hi Soshita Asama Sansō e sequel ran in the magazine from 2014 to 2016, and it has four compiled book volumes. Red Saishūshō Asama Sansō no 10-hiai debuted in the magazine in 2017 and ended this past May.
Viz Media released Yamamoto's Dance Till Tomorrow manga in English. Yamamoto's other manga include Arigatou, Happa 64, and Believers.