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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. -----------------------
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.
Note: Was nominated for the 2009 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan. It was nominated for the 2009 Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material.
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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
Quarter life crisis
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.
A first for me
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.
A true slice of life..... touching....... showing us the happiness and the sadness of life....... Highly recomended........ALthough it is a tradegy (me not being a tragedy-story liking person, Ive gotta say I loved it.
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.
The manga is not anything of the supernatural - as it says, it's a day to day slice of life series. Calming and soothing, it deals with a lot of problems many people do go through..The manga starts off as an enjoyable slice of life seinen, that may drag to some readers, but it grows into something much deeper, tragedy strikes. The thoughts and feelings of the characters are a tangible web...of despair, of happiness, all those feelings. It's beautiful. Life can be boring, but it's full of up's and down's that we never really seem to notice.
EDIT: Actually, after rereading the series, I feel like this story was a bit more depressing than I first saw. You can sympathize with the characters and how worthless reality looks like. And it makes me feel depressed too, knowing how unfair life is.
... Last updated on August 17th, 2010, 7:47pm
omg this was soooo sad!!!! i was teary most of the time!!! It really is a slice of life, nothing unreal. Just this f***** life....
Anyway, one of the best ive read and i definitely recommend to ANYONE coz everybody can find its pleasure in this manga.!!
Not quite your usual fare.
This is one of the best manga I have ever read. And I've read a lot. It's wistful, but funny. Pretty crazy at times, but still laid back enough. And, most importantly, it's about fairly normal people leading fairly normal lives. No super powers, nothing paranormal, no one being a huge musical prodigy even though they have a band and all.
It's just about people like the ones you know. Or, hell, people that could be you, for that matter. (Well, except for Taneda, for reasons that will become apparent once you actually read it...)
The main character's reflections are hit and miss in terms of being meaningful or not, as is the disjointed comedy later in the series. On the whole I couldn't connect with this as mch as I would need to to appreciate it. Definitely enjoyed What a Wonderful World much more.
... Last updated on April 27th, 2008, 2:26pm
A rare jewel
One of the very, very few touching dramas out there. Realistic without indulging on cheap tragedy, yet funny at moments. Like life itself. Asano brings an outstading way to deal with the characters' insecurities, providing a believable mirror for its readers.