In this second half of Apollo's Song, Shogo, a young man whose abusive childhood has instilled in him a loathing for love, begins to see the virtues of love as he repeatedly experiences love lost from within the depths of his mind. Throughout the ages, his affections for others would bring him inspiration, strength and ultimately joy. Unfortunately, having been punished by the Gods, each time a scenario appeared to be headed towards an ideal ending, he would have love ripped from his heart every time. Shogo loses his heart and his soul in the process, before tragically dealing with the psychological scars of his childhood hatred. Master storyteller Osamu Tezuka's Apollo's Song is a lyrical tour-de-force on the human spirit, the destruction of hate, and the triumph of love.
The paradox is that what's essentially the same story, filtered through various historic and fantastic milieus, not only holds our interest but also sparks a satisfaction deeper than the sum of its episodes. We know what's going to happen, but Tezuka's shamelessly entertaining storytelling and versatile art make repetition a giddy and even profound pleasure. The Los Angeles Times
Apollo's Song deserves the close reading of a literary novel and will reward those who do so. Bookslut