saw this book at the bookstore import manga section and bought it because it looks so noticeably different (and god told me to?!) - and that is despite being put off by the “tearjerker” description (applied in numerous lengthy reviews of this all over the alt-comix blogs that i had previously skimmed over) along with [...]

saw this book at the bookstore import manga section and bought it because it looks so noticeably different (and god told me to?!) - and that is despite being put off by the “tearjerker” description (applied in numerous lengthy reviews of this all over the alt-comix blogs that i had previously skimmed over) along with the not immediately appealing summary blurb on the back cover and it’s, err, distinctive art - my curiosity happily rewarded however! - this is an excellent one-shot manga - a concise and i think flawlessly written slice-of-life melodrama - thankfully not a soppy heartstring puller (at least not in a conventional way) - any emotionally wrought scenes tend to be avoided, the “bad stuff” not shown - it’s affecting only in the way the story is unfolded in an indifferent matter-of-fact manner - it’s written more like a mystery: the book begins at the end for our guileless martyr by unhappy circumstance, then proceeds to unveil the whole story of fractured family relationships in fractured jigsaw pieces - only by the end, when you have the complete picture, does it all make sense

i’m still unsure about the scrappy and sparse (tho stylish) art - it can be confusingly lacking - there’s two characters (the writer and the pimp) with a similar “uncaring” persona who are drawn almost exactly the same (so i presumed the same person) - could be deliberate - the book is full of strange “unbelievable” coincidences - it’s part of what makes it so interesting and memorable


Posted: 2010-02-10 04:44:12

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Author:trevor brown