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"Solanin" by ASANO Inio 2005
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.
Mangaka: ASANO Inio
Genre: Seinen, Comedy, Slice-of-Life, Drama, Romance, Tragedy
Serialized by: Young Sunday
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.
I just started reading this one, I'm a huge fan of Asano.
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.
Just finished it and I think it's awesome! not as good as Nijihara Holograph but definitely deserves to win an Eisner.
I just bought this and enjoyed it alot. I like how Asano can mix humor with the tragedy of everyday life. Very poignant in places, but never gets too sentimental or weepy.
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 ^^