From a boxcar bound for a Nazi concentration camp to a dystopian future where humans are persecuted by their own clones, Apollo’s Song reaches Olympian heights of tragedy as it explores the meaning of love and the consequences of its absence. Salty, romantic, and at times profoundly erotic, the ambiguities of its poetic justice will plumb new depths of the heart with each rereading.
“A marvelously screwed-up paean to the power of love and sex... The story is as emotionally manipulative as a classic Disney movie, and just about as unstoppable.”
“Shows just how grim and powerful Tezuka’s stories can be, no matter how childish his big-eyed manga-doll characters look.”
—The Onion A.V. Club
“Maybe it’s a good thing Apollo’s Song wasn’t published in the West [earlier]. Had it appeared here when it first came out, its peculiarity would surely have been dismissed. But now comics sit at the table with the grown-ups, and we should clear a space at the head for Osamu Tezuka and his oddball masterpiece.”