A down to earth slice of life view of a young couple, Inoue Meiko and Taneda Shigeo, who deal with everyday thoughts and occurrences. A slow paced telling of dreams, freedom, and boredom. The reality of society is cold and harsh yet warm and bright, as we see the hardships and bonding of old and new friends, couples, and strangers.
This piece truly moved the way I see life. I don't even know how it moved me, but I truly feel touched by the bittersweet feeling. A lasting nostalgic emotion that I will always be with.
Then again, I'm a big pushover.
As time passes, the day will come when everything will fade to memories.
But those miraculous days will continue, revolving forever, in my heart as my bittersweet memory.
Great, great manga. Worth reading if you want something that transcends the medium. Inio has a good feel for every day life and what motivates young adults. I can't think of anyone who writes about the ambivalence, fear, and uncertainty of reconciling the real world with the idealized one we construct as children. I'm looking forward to the movie.
The U.S. edition was spectacular, I'm glad I waited and didn't read the scanlations.
Everything in Inio's little world seems so real. Even his more magic realist inspired series, Nijihara Holograph and Pun Pun come to mind, seems so grounded in day to day life that the fantastic seems mundane. And I do love that mix of humor and tragedy; he completely captures the complexity of early adult hood without manipulating the audience. I'm looking forward to VIZ's release of What a Wonderful World, I'm tired of waiting for volume 2 to be translated ^^