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Solanin  
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Description
From Viz:

College graduates struggle to cope with the real world. Music offers refuge in this modern manga with an American attitude.

Meiko Inoue is a recent college grad working as an office lady in a job she hates. Her boyfriend Shigeo is permanently crashing at her apartment because his job as a freelance illustrator doesn't pay enough for rent. And her parents in the country keep sending her boxes of veggies that just rot in her fridge. Straddling the line between her years as a student and the rest of her life, Meiko struggles with the feeling that she's just not cut out to be a part of the real world.
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Slice of life with a young couple, Inoue Meiko and Taneda Naruo, and how everyday occurrences affect their lives. Meiko begins contemplating whether freedom without purpose is really the same thing as boredom. This is a retelling of a very common real-life situation, perhaps enjoyable for an older fanbase. The art is different, there are no anime-esque deformations here.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Ctrl+T (Side Story)

Associated Names
ソラニン
Soranin

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.18-28 by Entropy (2464d ago)
v.2 c.15-17 by Entropy (2518d ago)
v.1 c.10-14 by Entropy (2579d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (645 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.51 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 23rd 2014, 4:54am PST


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Year
2005

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Young Sunday (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (1 Omnibus - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #699 increased(+94)
Monthly Pos #1031 decreased(-22)
3 Month Pos #941 decreased(-71)
6 Month Pos #845 decreased(-30)

List Stats
On 490 reading lists
On 1095 wish lists
On 1516 completed lists
On 47 unfinished lists
On 351 custom lists

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It's good.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yumemiru
March 17th, 2010, 9:23pm
I wasn't very excited to read this at first, even with all these glowing reviews. But I'm glad I did.

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It's a manga I'll probably remember for a while. I liked this, even though there's nothing particular that I liked especially in this story. Maybe I'm too finely tuned towards shoujo/shounen manga, but I kept waiting for that moment when they made it, for that moment of win. But it never happened. There was never this ultimate moment when everything was made right.

At the end of the day, no matter what happened, the characters remained much the same as who they were. And that's really the charm of this manga. Most people won't achieve their dreams. Not all of us are going to make the big money or become someone famous, or dazzlingly charming/beautiful. Books, movies, tv shows---a lot of things have glamorized these things to make it seem like it'll happen to everyone.

But Solanin is about growing up, about realizing that it's not wrong to have these dreams, and you should try to pursue them. It doesn't mean that you'll be guaranteed to reach your goal, but it does mean that you should try your best, live your life. And that's probably what touched me the most.

It's definitely a manga like this that can show people that manga is more than japanese "comics"; there's something as deep and poignant as any written novel.
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Quarter life crisis   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ejami005
November 14th, 2009, 3:09am
I read oyasumi punpun and decided to read this authors other works. It was refreshing/inspiring to read this manga. It's not as heavy as punpun, but the level of art is the same. I'm in that age range where I'm wondering about what I'm going to do tomorrow, next year, or the rest of my life and if I've actually become an adult like I think I have. This manga is such a raw reflection of that. Existential drama with flashes of unrefined insight and pure sillyness. I read this and cried... but then I woke up the next morning with a smile, laughter that I couldn't control, and a renewed perspective on what life means.
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Perfect   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yumechu
September 30th, 2011, 2:47am
I'm a cry-baby and saying it made me cry this might not mean much since it's not unusual for me to shed a tear or two while reading a comic book. However, Solanin really touched my soul. It doesn't try hard to be smart, interesting or touching - it just is this way. The sadness and beauty of it infect you and stay within your heart. With time it's natural to forget the details about plot and characters but not the emotions. It's perfect, really.
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can't keep it to yourself   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kanjo
May 30th, 2011, 1:56pm
I would recommend this manga over any other, I've forced it on everyone I know who could understand it (I bought it in Japan so it's Japanese) and everyone has loved it. It's a sad story, but the story couldn't make you cry if it wasn't told perfectly, but it was. It pulls you back in after making you so depressed, but you still have to figure yourself out after you finish it.
The message, to me, was that happiness isn't a right. It's not something that's guaranteed in life. But you don't have to be a rock star or anything big to be happy. You just have to give yourself a chance to be happy.
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A first for me   
Rating: N/A
by djbreezy
February 15th, 2009, 5:51pm
First manga to made me cry. I don't know why though. Maybe because the relationship seemed so normal and simple with no problems to come between it. Even thinking about it makes me feel sad. But I didn't cry for what happend in the plot, it was the overall story and how beautiful it was. I also loved the ending. It was redeemed the sad parts and made it happy again.
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from the comics journal   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by simpleeyelid
May 8th, 2010, 1:54pm
start with the referred comment from tcj
Not much happens in Solanin so its interest depends primarily upon its characters. Asano’s dialogue is realistic, and his characters are believable. But believable is not the same as interesting. Nothing distinguishes Meiko and Taneda from the millions of other young adults in similar situations. Meiko’s internal reflections on her situation are given at length, but these rarely rise above the banal. Halfway through, a melodramatic event causes the book to abruptly shift direction, and its second half is about coping with loss. Things pick up here, but not enough: The accomplishment that forms the climax of the book is too slight to bear the symbolic weight Asano places upon it. Asano’s art is very good, particularly his command of facial expressions, but this is not enough to outweigh the story’s weaknesses.

As for me, the story itself does not give me too much surprise; the dialogue is repetitive in the sense that it is expressed of the same form as the other realistic works, always about emotional wavering or helplessness. The mangaka takes care of the characters well, each one's qualities are well portrayed.

Same as the rating from lozzenator, you just can not rate it higher although it seemed to be flawless. It is just a bit trite, I guess. I give 8 because I really savour the art.

... Last updated on May 9th, 2010, 5:39am
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Beautiful, Tragic, Funny.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Canti Prime
November 13th, 2013, 11:18am
Solanin runs the gamut when it comes to the emotions it evokes in the reader. It's fabulously told in a very dense two volumes, but since Solanin is a very real slice of life it's not a story for younger audiences (teens) who don't have a lot of life experience. I'd recommend this to anyone who ever felt a little unsure about their future or their place in the world. It's volume for volume, the best manga I've read.
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Not very interesting   
Rating: 7.9 / 10.0
by sirsosss
August 17th, 2011, 4:07pm
I guess my opinion is rather different from others. I find the pace of this manga to be quite slow. 2 volumes felt like 4. The characters are very real and understandable. It's definitely has a very serious tone and provided a lot of social commentary. I could not find any flaw to this manga. However, as flawless as it seems, it wasn't interesting. I find it boring. But nevertheless, it was a decent read for serious, deep, and somewhat emotional kind of plot lovers.

... Last updated on August 17th, 2011, 4:08pm
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Beautifull   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by nail80
February 17th, 2010, 11:07am
Oh God how i love slice of life!
This is really good, i enjoyed getting to know these characters, their flaws, insecurities and the way they manage to overcome tragedy.
It's life. With tragedy, happiness...everything. It really hit me because before reading this i was thinking about the same thing, and i'm about the same age as the characters.
Truly recomend it.

... Last updated on February 17th, 2010, 11:08am
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Touching   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by lozzenator
November 19th, 2008, 8:32am
Mangas like Solanin is why I read seinen. It deals with real life and all its sadness. I particularly love the way the author brings us into Mieko's struggle and shows a triumph of human spirit and hope over tragedy. Highly recommend this.
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