「リュウの道」第4回

Many creatures such as monsters appear on the post-nuclear war Earth. It is humans and animals mutated by nuclear radiation. There are three eyes, a large number of breasts, and a burnt appearance. The human being who had to coexist with the tree was nakedly added to the root at the root of the tree and was shocked by the depiction existing like the fetus in the mother's uterus. Even in the science fiction, the reality of the future after the nuclear war is depicted as a result of this, and a number of lively and exile expressions appear.

At that time, some readers might have looked over the depiction. But Ishimori really wanted to draw it. No matter how much criticism is drawn, he must have wanted to convey war and nuclear misery and ring a bell by vivid depiction. After the series, I felt that I heard a story that was considered to the victims of the atomic bomb and the victims of pollution diseases etc., but the memory is not clear. However, it is a fact that a setting that has been mutated due to the effects of radiation and pollution was attacked by a monster that appeared due to the effect of radiation, and was revised as if it looked like that.

そして、奇形の描写も描き替えられ、ソフトになっています。もちろん、原爆や公害で被害にあわれた皆様の心中は察しますし、とやかく言うつもりはございません。しかし、作家が本当に伝えたかったメッセージや警鐘を曲げられてしまった事は残念でならないのです。最後の病床で、戦争のドキュメントを観ながら、かなり悲惨な映像が流れた時に、「こういう痛みの伝わるリアリティのある描写も作品には必要なんだ」と石森が言ったことを、今回、『リュウの道』と向き合ってみて思い出しました。

僕が書いた『サイボーグ009』完結編の決戦の最終章も、石森が『リュウの道』を戦争の悲惨さを伝えるためにリアルに描いた意図と同じ思いで描写しましたが、同じように多くの批判を頂きました。例え後に改稿を余儀なくされたとしても、石森が『リュウの道』を最後まで描き切り、後悔しなかったように、僕自身も全く後悔はしていません。少なくとも石森は、連載時や単行本初版時の読者には、真のメッセージは伝えたわけですから。

At the end of the story, on a small island called Nippon Island, people living densely while operating the factory are barriers to new human beings and die from smog and waste liquid flowing from the factory. It looks like modern humanity who gets warm with excessive carbon dioxide and waits for death, and mutants that become malformed due to nuclear contamination, such as nuclear fear from nuclear power plants and the problem of spilled contaminated water. Just because we are facing today, it is a warning that we want to ring straight.

およそ48年も前に書かれた『リュウの道』ですが、核戦争を引き起こしたのは、中国だと謳っています。当時は後進国だった国なのに、まるで予言をしているかのようです。だからこそ、現代を生きる人々に読んで貰いたい作品なのです。但し、改稿前のものですが…。

Shotaro Ishinomori I saw