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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Ponent Mon S.L. (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8493340979
  • ISBN-13: 978-8493340971
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

[b]Kiriko Nananan[/b] was born in a small town in Niigata Prefecture, Japan - the setting for the title [i]Blue[/i] - on 14th December 1972. She started her career in 1993 when she published the story [i]Hole[/i] in [i]Garo[/i], the prestigious magazine formed in 1964 as a window for adult manga, which became the bastion of all things avant-garde. She is famous for her realistic [i]josei[/i] (female) work featuring understated artwork with a sense of detachment.Two of her works, [i]Blue[/i] and [i]Sweet Cream and Red Strawberries[/i] have been made into feature movies.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henry H. S. Yoon on April 28, 2009
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I bought this on a whim, after reading about it somewhere online. I am afraid it might be out of print, so if you can find a copy, I would recommend that you get it.

What is the best way to describe this book? The art style is more realistic, yet very minimal compared to your typical mangas, where people look like a silly caricature of their real-life counterparts, if they even exist. Let's just say, the characters do look like real Japanese students, albeit in a very minimalistic fashion. Perhaps the saying 'less is more' applies to the art direction here.

As for the story, it is a high school drama, where two Japanese school girls have a homosexual relationship, but in a completely platonic matter. It is more like they needed each other, so they depend on one another, only in a short span of time.

So, if you are looking for an indie graphic novel with thoughtful story and a unique art style, this one is for you. I could easily see this being adapted into a short film or a short TV drama- the characters are well fleshed out and very close to the real world.
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By nefe5 on February 15, 2012
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I can honestly say, Nananan is a great and impeccable actress in Strawberry Shortcakes. This book genre is inspiring as well as her movie. Very... very influential.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sergio O. Parreiras on November 1, 2009
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See the other reviews for the plot. This was the best graphic novel/manga I read in 2007. The story is minimal, almost too too banal but -- oh boy -- it was as if I was reading one of the poem but not an ordinary poem. T'was more like one of these rare poems that really get at you, punch your guts and bring tears of joy and sorrow to your eyes.
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