We hope you haven't forgotten about Project Gen's ongoing project to bring the entire ten-volume saga of Hadashi no Gen to an American audience. We certainly hadn't! These two are the volumes we've really been waiting for as they take us into new territory, for the first time presenting material that has never before appeared in English. Here are brief synopses courtesy the publisher, Last Gasp: "Volume Five of the Barefoot Gen story follows Gen's struggles in postwar Japan. The people of Hiroshima face a massive food shortage and horrendous health problems. Gen is in school, but he is forced to choose between making money to support his family or staying in school to be a part of society. The choice is further complicated when his mother becomes sick, and his old friends reappear as part of a street gang. There is no help for his mother, save for the costly medicine procured on the black market. Gen becomes entangled with black market gangs and faces an internal struggle of honor, ethics, and duty to resolve his problems.