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From Mangascreener:

The only common feature running through these stories is a grown-up protagonist somehow coming face-to-face with his childhood past, in a testament to the loss of youth, the disillusionment of growing old, and nostalgia for better times.

In the Adachi pantheon, this is a rare diametric view of his eternal theme of "youth," in this case youth as seen through the lens of the past. It's a powerful statement from Adachi that might even be an acknowledgment of his steadily-creeping age.

What is impressive about these stories is not the plots or characters themselves, but the absolutely perfect way he tells them, another facet of experience that comes with age. Most of the stories may require multiple readings to fully appreciate the airtightness of the plot and visual motifs."


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Associated Names
Adventure Boys
Aventuras de Menino (Brazilian Portuguese)
Bōken Shōnen

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v.1 c.1 by Xanime Scanlations (2768d ago)
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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (197 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.65 / 10.0
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August 22nd 2013, 10:14am PST



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Big Comic Original (Shogakukan)

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Weekly Pos #1020 increased(+223)
Monthly Pos #2043 increased(+458)
3 Month Pos #2933 increased(+1245)
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On 166 wish lists
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we all get older   
Rating: N/A
by Hell_Clues
April 28th, 2009, 8:22am
One thing I want to mention that now one else has, and the preview might mislead you into thinking. Growing older isn't treated as awful here.

It acknowledges the way things used to be but doesn't condemn being an adult in any way. There's a bit of romance in a lot of the stories but not all, the characters still learn with life's up and downs as well.

Still, I don't think their all as poignant as they could be. But I'd love to see adachi tackle a longer running story about adults if his business wasn't already so lucrative(shame).
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Love it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by imnguyen
January 8th, 2011, 11:45pm
I really love it
The stories are short and sweet, they give me peaceful and pleasant feelings
Highly recommend smile
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Simple and endearing   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Twilight_Moon
June 7th, 2008, 8:47am
They're tales of remembering childhood and how we all explored life looking forward to an impossible tomorrow. In a sense, we can all relate to the story and our childhood, the times we've regretted and the beautiful simplicity of a child. Recommended.
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A nice chronicle   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Sosseres
February 26th, 2007, 7:50am
When reading this one can feel the minute changes that has come over the time of the author. I would have loved one that spanned a longer time of his career since this is something that hit a nerve with me.

The stories are generally good, some worse than others, but all of them are solid, with the later ones being better than the earlier ones in my mind. As always Adachi has nice art work and a sense of style. I would warmly recommend this series of short stories since it explores his wonder for the supernatural/psychological in a nice way.

Warmly recommended.
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Great Short Stories   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by Decel
December 30th, 2006, 8:52pm
A very nice set of short stories. Simple and sweet.

Favourite story: Sketchbook

... Last updated on April 20th, 2007, 2:38pm
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