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No. 5 translated by Michael Arias

Taiyō Matsumoto's

No. 5

translated/adapted to English by Michael Arias

A powerfully imagined vision of the future from Taiyō Matsumoto, creator of the Eisner Award–winning Cats of the Louvre and Tekkonkinkreet.

Matsumoto (Ping Pong) employs his experimental, artsy manga style to contagiously fun effect as he concocts a bizarre far-future world.

Publisher's Weekly

SF writer Brian Aldiss recently stated that science fiction should be classified as 'surrealism'. No. 5 certainly fits into this mould: it's got surrealism to burn.

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Taiyō Matsumoto is best known to English-reading audiences as the creator of Tekkonkinkreet, which in 2006 was made into an animated feature film directed by Michael Arias. In 2007, Matsumoto was awarded a Japan Media Arts Festival Award for Excellence, and in 2008, he won an Eisner Award for the English publication of Tekkonkinkreet.

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