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"Osada brings a sense of ethereal and otherwordly enchantment to the story, re-imgining the setting in a Venice populated áby winged beings, whre the lines between animals and humans become blurred."
- NEO magazine 'The Best Manga of 2009' feature (February 2009)

“O! BEWARE, MY LORD, OF JEALOUSY! IT IS THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER WHICH DOTH MOCK THE MEAT IT FEEDS ON.” Beginning with an argument in a street in Venice, the grudges and passionate jealousies that fuel Othello’s misfortunate plot are quickly revealed. This tale of the difficulties of military heroism and love travels to Cyprus where Shakespeare explores the nature of appearance and reality, and the dangers of isolation, jealousy and betrayal. This engaging manga recreation sets Othello in a fantastical Venetian carnival setting. While masks may hide some characters’ real motives, the very real emotions of Othello and Iago are dramatically revealed.


Ryuta Osada is a Japanese-born manga artist who lives in the London. He has a background not in only in manga art but also in teaching. Educated in Japan, Ryuta read History at Nihon University before gaining qualifications to teach History and Sociology. After moving to England in 1994 to study English language he took an Art Foundation diploma in 1999 and followed that with an honours degree in Graphic Design at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design between 2002 – 2005. In 2006 he joined the prestigious Central St. Martins' Graphic Design and Illustration course.



Series title:
Manga Shakespeare
Book title:
Original author:
William Shakespeare
Adapted by:
Richard Appignanesi
Illustrated by:
Ryuta Osada

UK Publication date:
January 2009
148 x 210mm
Black & white,
9-page colour section
Manga / Graphic Novels
/ Shakespeare / Children