[LastStop] Tokkou no Shima by Sato Shuho

The “kamikaze” tactic, the infamous suicide bombers of imperial Japan, is a well known public fact of WWII. But kamikaze wasn’t the only suicide tactic that Japan opted for in their desperate moments. As their eventual defeat became more and more apparent, Japan basked their hopes on one naval weapon to overturn the tides of war: the Kaiten (“Turn the Heavens“), a manned, suicide torpedo that trades one operator’s life for a whole battleship.

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Tokkuo no Shima (Isle of Tokkou) by Sato Shuho is a story of one Kaiten pilot, Watanabe Yuzou, from his time as a troubled enlistee with doubts about the purpose of throwing away his life, to a determined solider, a lifeless instructor that lost his purpose, and finally a man of conviction that came to a realization as to what he is dying for.

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