Such a load off to get this out. I put a pretty good amount of time into it, struggled with it, thought I probably could tweak it forever, but the original Japanese isn’t exactly the smoothest most beautiful sounding text ever written, so ultimately, I feel happy enough with it.
When I read this the first time I thought it had a good buildup and a sloppy end, but going through it again, it’s not so bad. Not going to spoil anything about the ending, but… ok.
If anything, the black background is pretty cool. One of the best strengths of Tezuka I find myself reaffirming again and again is how he can make a manga feel like a movie. And with this piece it especially feels good to read it that way.
Anyway, this probably got the title because it’s the longest in the collection by far, but don’t think it’s downhill from here. The last few stories… Yellow Dust, Return Ship… those are the best.