Five outstanding works that tackle diversity and inclusion issues.
Robo sapiensu zenshi (Prehistory of Robo Sapiens)
Publisher: Kodansha Ltd.
Publication date: 2019
Volume: 2 volumes (finished)
Copyright: © Shimada Toranosuke
Awarded with the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival Division Grand Prize, “Robo sapiensu zenshi (Prehistory of Robo Sapiens)” shows a classic sci-fi Isaac Asimov-like future where robots play an active role. More than mere robots, these are full A.I. “cyber-persons” fully integrated into society. With compelling, interconnected stories, “Robo sapiensu zenshi” shows the slow decay of the human world – and even the human species as a whole. It makes us question the meaning of “humanity,” asking if robots can become “more human than humans”.
Sci-fi stories often explore the dilemma of cyber-persons inclusion in the human world. Instead, “Robo sapiensu zenshi” asks how humans would fit in a society which is on the path of transcending Homo Sapiens. As humanity as we know it now transcended the Neanderthal and other human species, how will humans deal with being replaced by a new, non-biological, species, the Robo Sapiens? These are some of the questions asked by artist SHIMADA Toranosuke. “Robo sapiensu zenshi” is a clear example of how Japanese manga can be far from simple entertainment, both in terms of graphic style and storytelling. Manga shows a jaw-dropping array of different works, art styles, themes, and layers of depth.
“Robo sapiensu zenshi (Prehistory of Robo Sapiens)” (2 volumes, finished) is unpublished in English.
Exhibition of selected artworks
1. A guy like that’s got nothing to do with a common robot salvager like me. Two different worlds. 2. Until that afternoon,
1. There’s no humans at all. 2. I’ll take you to them if you want to meet. 3. Although I can’t promise they’ll want to see you.