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Review – Breathe Deeply

I’m still rather new to manga, so diving into Breathe Deeply, there was a bit of a hurdle getting down how to actually read it.  But, that’s on me, not this graphic novel.  Breathe Deeply is a medical thriller that’s peppered with philosophical debates about life and death and medical ethics.

A battle ensues over life and death, belief and science, ethics and progress. Two boys, Sei and Oishi, fall madly in love for Yuko. Her loss wreaks havoc in their young lives as bitter memories cease to fade and their tender hearts cling to the dream where debilitating illness disappears in the face of science. But, what would happen if they discovered all they believed was a lie? Will mercy and love prevail?

Sei and Oishi’s lives are devastated as the girl they love dies from a heart condition, which drives their lives further as they search for methods to treat heart problems.  The two compete while weaving a morally questionable world of academics and science research.  In a society that encourages organ donation, how does the idea of scientifically fixing organ issues play out?

It’s an interesting spin out of control as they both compete with each other and others.  It’s a great read and definitely isn’t the manga I’ve read in the past.

The art is beautiful and had be lingering on pages to just see all the small details I was missing.  There’s also a mix of dream sequences of the past jumbled with the scientific race of the present.

There’s enough drama here for an entire season of Greys Anatomy, E.R. or St. Elsewhere.  If you like medical dramas or just a good discussion about morality, ethics and science, I really recommend this.  A great read that got me to pause and think about my beliefs in science and fate.

Story: Yamaaki Doton Art: Yamaaki Doton Publisher: One Peace Books

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review

One Peace Books Announces the Upcoming Release of Breathe Deeply

Official Press Release

One Peace Books Announces the Upcoming Release of Breathe Deeply
Breathe Deeply will be available nationwide on October 15, 2011

NEW YORK, NY – One Peace Books announces the upcoming release of Breathe Deeply (ISBN: 978-1-935548-07-2, Trade Paper, 472 pages, $16.95, Category: Graphic Fiction, available wherever fine books are sold).

Breathe Deeply begs readers to forget what they know about manga. This exhilarating piece of graphic fiction will leave the reader with no alternative but to judge it on its own merits. Award-winning manga-ka team Doton Yamazaki broke the mold when they created this controversial medical thriller, and it will break your heart every time you read it.

A battle ensues over life and death, belief and science, ethics and progress. Two boys, Sei and Oishi, fall madly in love for Yuko. Her loss wreaks havoc in their young lives as bitter memories cease to fade and their tender hearts cling to the dream where debilitating illness disappears in the face of science. But, what would happen if they discovered all they believed was a lie? Will mercy and love prevail?

This exhilarating masterpiece of graphic fiction will force you to forget what you know about manga.

Doton Yamaaki is the name for a husband and wife storytelling team. Together they have won numerous awards for graphic fiction, including the Chiba Tetsuya Young Dept. Award and the Japanese Manga Open’s Watase Seizou Award. Their work has been serialized in numerous magazines, including Mister Magazine, Morning, and Kindai Mahjong Gold. This is their first work to be translated into English.

A best seller in Japan, Breathe Deeply will be released in the United States on October 15, 2011.

Based in New York, One Peace Books (www.onepeacebooks.com) specializes in publishing visually compelling motivational literature. One Peace Books endeavors to publish literature for global readership and is committed to its core belief that quality literature should not be limited by borders or race, but should reach people all over the world.