"Elizabeth had not yet recovered from her kick when the creature seized her arm and forced the dagger from it. She pulled free before he could get his teeth on her, and took the crane position, which she thought appropriate for an opponent of such height".
First impressions: my brain did not want to process the first few pages this early in the morning. Needed more zombies and less marriage concerns from Mrs. Bennet. I can already tell she and I will not be friends.
This book left me in awe, I've been a long time fan of Tezuka but he never ceases to amaze me. This story is as the title indicates mostly about Dr. Osanai Kirihito and his plight with a disease that he contracts through deception. There were scenes that made me gasp out loud during my commute such as: the human tempura, baby eating snake, midget rape, etc.. I could go on and on but it wasn't done in a distasteful way. The way women are perceived in Japan is definitely different than in the western world, as one of the characters is considered deranged for having a big sexual appetite. She did have a thing for circus freaks tho.
The story is definitely more than Kirihito and more than monmow disease which causes the afflicted to change into the form of a dog and the end result is always death, without the proper treatment.
The ending was quite fitting as well letting the reader decide the final outcome. Strongly recommended.