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In the ruins of a futuristic Japan, Maru and Kiruko travel the world, while living a harsh life. Meanwhile, Tokio, who bears a striking resemblance to Maru, lives within the dystopian safety of walls and learns of a prophecy: someone wearing Tokio’s face will come to the rescue. At times gravely, at times blithely, the work depicts the anxieties, growth, and complex feelings of everyday boys and girls in a speculative, science fiction world.




Born in 1977 in Fukui Prefecture. He made his debut with a short story, Hero as a manga artist in 2000. Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (The Town Keeps Moving) began to be serialized in 2005. This work was made into an animated a TV film directed by SHINBO Akiyuki in 2010. ISHIGURO has actively published many works in a wide range of genres including Nemuru Baka (Sleeping Idiot), Mokuyoubi no Furutto (Frutto on Thursday), and Getenrou.

( 2013 )

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