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Red Kimono  
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Description
In this collection of hauntingly elliptical short stories, Oji Suzuki explores memory, relationships, and loss with a loose narrative style, filling each tale with a sense of unfulfilled longing. He plumbs the dissolute depths of human psychology, literally bathing his characters in expansive shadows that paradoxically reveal as much as they obscure. A young man catches a cold after being soaked in the rain and is tended to by his grandmother. He drifts, dreaming of a train trip with an older brother he doesn’t have. A traveling salesman comes across a boy lying in the middle of the road and stops to have a cigarette and tell a story that sifts through memories of faces and places before settling back on the boy and pretending to not look at the stars. A young woman walks along the river with her bicycle and a friend who is nothing more than a disembodied head—discussing past times together, memories they have of each other.

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Manga

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Associated Names
A Single Match
A Single Match (Red Kimono)
Le Kimono rouge (French)

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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (3 votes)
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Last Updated
October 16th 2013, 8:36pm PST


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Year
1985

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Serialized In (magazine)
Garo (Seirindo)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #920 increased(+513)
Monthly Pos #2949 decreased(-12)
3 Month Pos #5480 increased(+65)
6 Month Pos #7062 increased(+865)

List Stats
On 3 reading lists
On 19 wish lists
On 13 completed lists
On 1 unfinished lists
On 17 custom lists

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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by pierzing
September 8th, 2012, 11:38am
This seems to be the type of gekiya manga that's meant to re-read in order to able to appreciate it. For the first few stories I had no idea what the heck was going on, because of how dream-like the portrayal of the scenes were and how nonsensical they seemed. I persisted though and afterwards I was able to get used to the storytelling style and understand the last three stories better. Basically, it is a intricate, emotional weaving of reality and the subconscious. The beauty in it lies upon how Oji managed to tie seemingly random events together to form a deep, intimate story. This rating was based on my first read of it. For a better summation, you can check out http://www.tcj.com/reviews/a-single-match/

... Last updated on September 8th, 2012, 11:41am
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