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In a weird way this story is beautiful and wonderful. It reflects the origin and more importantly, the purpose of life. Living everyday life as ordinary people, perhaps sometimes we may ask ourselves, what are we living for?
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i dont know for you people if you saw it this way... but you can view the whole simplicity of the story and art as well, as an allegory for "the humbling of one's self when one acquire's vast knowledge".
just look at emanon, she isn't portrayed as mind-numbing smart ass even though she is described as the cradle of knowledge, but instead as modest-looking girl who loves to smoke, hang around which shows an exact opposite of an intellectual elitist.
the story is not in the deepest, i believe the author instrinsictly didnt intended to
a really nice way to spend one's free time i should say i can't call it one of the most thought provoking..it could have said more with this quirky lil' idea the author had..but it depends if it made your mind trip and you expanded beyond what you read by using your own imagination...it didn't have that effect on me really...i mean it made my mind trip a bit and i thought about some things but i can't say it said something unique (apart from the main idea...yes, that was certainly unique) or it gave enough food for your brain....nevertheless, the drawings are splendid and complement the story perfectly...they have a really warm feeling to them....the execution is great overall and the whole story feels very realistic so it makes this such a joy to read and a great slice of life title!!
Memories of Emanon
This is a manga about a coversation between strangers. It spans the entire book from cover to cover. And yet it manages to be one of the most original, thought-provoking pieces I've ever read. How would a conversation with a girl with 3 billion years of experience not be fascinating, after all?
Some of the ideas about the past and future of humankind expressed here were too interesting to be passed over in the course of a few wordy speech bubbles, though. I would have liked to see a little expansion there.
pretty nice stoy
the story is about a young girl who 17 that meets with a guy who is 20 years old. the manga interprets the way the offer sees life and memories come through ancestor and ssuch. depending on how you see the story and understand it, you may life or dislike it depending on your beliefs.
this story has no action or any real plot if you expecting so, just a short story explaining life.
i woud have given an 8 because the art style is not really detailed for that style, but again the point of the story was just to give a message to readers through images.
good book piece out !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Simple Art, simple story
I very much enjoyed this as a light read. I like the idea of a person being an embodiment of history. Sure, the sciencey explanations he offered weren't realistic, but they weren't meant to be. And Emanon never validated those as a science. Emanon is Emanon, and that's fine. As a short story it's light and sweet and thought provoking. I like that the mothers live and simply pass the memories, which makes the memories more like an inheritance than a genetic disorder, as the prime-instance of Emanon suggests.
I also like those last few word-less art pages that feature the man aging while she watches on. It's very sweet. This wasn't mind blowing by any stretch, nor was it the most beautiful art I've ever seen, but it was good, and that's what matters.
By the end of the story I thought that was chapter one, honestly. That's how fast this reads. Good thing there's a sequel. Try not to think about the story outlines *too* much. I loved this little story and highly recommend it.
... Last updated on May 12th, 2012, 11:32am
I couldn't give this manga a 10 or even a 9 because
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the author gives a weak pseudo scientific explanation to Emanon phenomena when she can only be explained as magic or miracle. Thinking a bit about it: none of her billions of ancestors ever died before giving birth to a descendant? The probability is so low that it can only be explained as a result of magic or deliberate interference of a superior being. And why she loses all her memories as soon as she gives birth? The mother looses all the memories of her present life too? This is the only explanation to she (the mother) forgetting her previous encounter with the protagonist, so is it instant amnesia righ after giving birth? The gene is still inside her cells isn't it? And she can't gives birth to another female child after the first one? What would occur if she have a second (or more) daughter? She wouldn't be another Emanon phenomena? The mother should die right after delivering her daughter, this would also increase the overall feeling of sorrow of the story. And Emanon could talk more about what she experienced in the past, this also could improve the story.
Try to overlook these incongruities and only "feel" the story, then you would be pleased and deeply touched by Emanon.
... Last updated on October 20th, 2011, 7:49am
...I delved into this little volume with the wrong expectations at heart. All in all, I was rather disappointed by the execution of what could have been a very unique tale. Unlike most of the people who've commented here, I saw no depth or any particular beauty in the way the story was laid out. Being a chronicling of the experiences of a being with a memory as old as life itself, I expected something a lot more profound; a few small snippets of thought-provoking conversation and perhaps a meaningful look into the various kinds of relationships she'd had with different people through the ages. But there was none of those -- simply something like a conversation between two lovers-to-be (both of whom happen to have rather quirky personalities and interests)...only in this case, they didn't actually end up together. And I really disliked the implication that the only pleasant and memorable relationships in a person's life are the ones s/he has with potential love interests. It's sweet and romantic the first 1000 or so stories you read, but it does get old eventually.
The ending, however, was the redeeming factor. The "life goes on regardless of what we expect from it" feeling was strongly emphasized, and fit in better with the overall theme of the manga than anything that had happened in the preceding chapters did. I also found the art to be very lovely.
Omoide Emanon is certainly not a bad piece of writing -- but the impression that it could have been so much better left me with a sense of dissatisfaction I could not quite shake off; hence the rating.
... Last updated on July 24th, 2011, 10:14pm
Arresting and lovely
In the Emanon fragments we get a strange combination of terrific drawing, a strong sense of mystery, and beautiful nudity. Items 1 and 3 are brought to us by the artist half of this manga-making team, TSURUTA Kenji. A look around at his other manga shows that this artist glories in drawing nudes and complex scenes and settings, and he's great at both. I feel that he shows to a very high degree something that artists have that most people don't--a true love of the look of the world, which gives rise to a patient willingness to do the hard labor necessary to fully render his favorite aspects of it. Because the Emanon fragments are so visually gorgeous and so conceptually full of wonder, I recommend concentrating on these aspects of them, and not being too hard on the storytelling member of this creative team, or the scanlators, or whoever, for creating a setting that is full of wonder but which never comes to fruition in an absorbing plot. Those of us who read manga translated for free so far from Japan should be used by now, after all, to the phenomenon of the incredibly promising tale which we never get to see completed.