Volume 1 Review of Hippocratic Children (The) – manga

The medical chain is generally aimed at reaching a specialized audience in our country, and at most achieves great success in recognition. Several publishers have already tried their hand at it with series that have generally taken different enough themes: The Late Asuka with the Cult of Black Jack by Osamu Tezuka, Glénat with the Team Medical Dragon mural, Kazé Manga with Doctor DMAT who was interested in many Sometimes in extreme emergency operations, Meian with Unsung Cinderella who deals with the pharmaceutical industry…not forgetting naBan who, recently, had an excellent idea for a repost Say hello to Black Jack / Give compliments to Black Jack, no doubt the best An extant medical manga that highlights the many limitations of the Japanese medical system. However, the supply of medicinal manga is still very limited, and so it is important to see young Mangetsu publishers take an interest in this universe in turn with a series that in turn promises to treat a specific aspect of medicine.

From its original name Platanus no mi (literally “flying tree fruit”, in reference to the famous Hippocrates who, in Greek antiquity, had the idea of ​​establishing the foundations of medicine under a flat tree by teaching him science there to his disciples), has been going on in Japan since 2020. In the excellent Big Comic Spirits magazine from Shôgakukan editions, The Children of Hippocrates is the latest series from Toshiya Higashimoto, the Mangaka we discovered in France between 2019 and 2021 in Véga-Dupuis with Le Bateau de Thésée, a very classic thriller, without much character But they follow each other with pleasure from start to finish, always faithfully doing their part. Suffice it to say that the author here radically changes the record!

Here, it all begins when a policeman approaches a frank and somewhat suspicious-looking young man on the street: he hovers around with his adorable toy James talking to, and films all of this while calling himself a youtubeur…he so he can pass for lit. However, Maco Suzukaze is above all someone who has decided to devote his life to pediatrics and pediatrics, which is why he is currently on an internship at Kawasaki Hospital.

This first volume is intended above all to be introductory, by right fixation, without going into too much detail, that specific medical framework, which we have been told is unfortunately sometimes seen as the weakness of the hospital relationship: diseases are often considered benign. , in In addition to children, it is also necessary to manage the entourage, starting with parents who are not always easy (especially when they think that they have previously found out what their child has by doing some research on the Internet …), it requires patience because children do not always know how They pronounce what they feel correctly, the moments become more difficult when children are involved … The emotional investment of doctors in the field of pediatrics is unfortunately not always profitable compared to the efforts expended, for several reasons. And even if we regret a little that the author has not gone into more detail about these items at the moment, they are at least worth mentioning very well and honestly.

But Mako, for his part, seems to have a very different view of this work that is sometimes seen as ungrateful. He undoubtedly has the right approach: he seeks to understand these children, relieve the fears and guilt feelings of their parents or other family members, always tries to be as reassuring as possible and find the right words, knows how to look for words to warm hearts … Mako already enjoys With a quality that perhaps has become a rarity, alas: he pays deep attention to others, and this makes him especially bright, while we understand in small doses that he himself suffered some family troubles that eventually catch up with him. Which, in the long run, should form some sort of common thread.

This rather bright character of the main character, which can be seen from the cover of this first volume, we discover little by little, according to the first problems he must intervene to treat or even save children. Concretely, the formula used by the mangaka is, at this point, very easy, between Mako’s presence at the appropriate times outside the hospital (it’s exactly where he needs it when needed, in general), and the fact that he’s clearly a crack in his field by analyzing At any given time, in his mind, the various possibilities of the disease according to the symptoms and observations. An easy choice, moreover, that does not allow for a moment to deal with certain health problems in a way as deep or detailed as one might hope. On the other hand, there is a diversity of cases, since Higashimoto has a very good idea, from this volume 1, of dealing with both sometimes unrecognized and potentially serious illnesses (such as intussusception) and accidents that are a common truism very . (revolving door syndrome) and household dangers that can serve as good lessons for parents reading the series (never leave small items lying around that children can swallow).

Wrapped in an all-purpose visual style that’s a little uneven at times but very smooth and clear, this first volume has plenty to tempt him. We might expect the author to know how to engage with this pediatric framework in greater depth, but in the near future, Les Enfants d’Hippocrate is sure to be charming, at least for the savior humanity whose character is already beginning to emerge. The kind of humanism that is often forgotten.

Regarding the edition, we are dealing with a nice copy, honest quality of paper and typography inside, elegant lettering by Elsa Pecqueur (including fonts chosen when Maco is in his thoughts/analyzing diseases) and impeccable translation by Ryoko Akiyama (who was already working In The Boat of Thisus), the latter has no difficulty adapting the language level according to the age and personality of the characters, to deliver that frankly seems just right. And on the outside, the choice was made of a very discreet jacket, with a title logo imagined by Tom “spAde” Bertand (in particular, the f and a forming a heart, which is fine in the tone of humanity issued by Maco).

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