The Book of Human Insects is recognised as Tezuka's most cinematic title. Reading much like a thriller, this title twists and turns and features Toshiko Tomura, a timeless leading lady. Toshiko possesses the unique ability to mirror the abilities of others, making her a celebrity at the tender age of 20. As a mimic, her past of murder and plagiarism has created a long-list of enemies that is now catching up to her.
"Brilliant. Just once, I'd like to read a work by Tezuka that wasn't either at least nearly or totally perfectly crafted... A typical complaint nowadays is that the usual comic costs about $4 and takes about 10 minutes (or less) to read. But with Tezuka's work, you're invited to linger over a page for a minute, just taking everything in. One of Tezuka's (many) skills is his deftness with background details, with an emphasis on lived-in spaces that seem to have texture that you could just grip." "--MTV Geek"
"I suppose just reading a story like that could be repugnant to some people, but I found it weirdly enjoyable. It's not like Tezuka sugarcoats his lead's fundamental awfulness, or blatantly asks that we enjoy it as she destroys people--even in that 'hate the player/love the game' way that you saw all over pop culture in the early 1970s. It's most fascinating to me as a big ol' hate letter to the emerging Japanese post-war generation, although Tezuka includes a vile war-era criminal in the book as well." "--The Comics Reporter"
"Epic Tezuka is back! As always, Tezuka builds long, winding plotlines and then brilliantly connects them to each other, creating a massive but memorable network of characters. This journey through the worlds of art, entertainment, crime, politics, and business also presents a deeper message about the dead ends and pitfalls of modern society. Tezuka's ambitions can also be seen in the art, where wild metaphors and images jump off the page" "-Anime News Network"