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The Quest for the Missing Girl Paperback – January 1, 2010
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The art is incredible. The way he resolves the story is cool and unique, although it is wrapped up rather fast. I blew through this thing in about an hour and a half, so if you are looking for a light read for a train ride or something, this is a good pick.
In The Quest for the Missing Girl, Taniguchi seems a bit more distant in his writing. The plot and premise are very interesting, and cover a subject very hush hush in Japanese society: youth prostitution. In this manga, the protagonist is Shiga, a man who lives a solemn life in the mountains of rural Japan. He lives for mountain climbing. In an odd twist of fate, his old friend died while on a climb that Shiga refused to join. Shiga was grief and guilt stricken, but vowed to always look after his friend's wife and daughter.
The daughter and the missing girl is Megumi. Very early on the reader discovers that her disappearance is connected to teenage prostitution. Shiga sets out for Tokyo to discover her whereabouts. Along the way he tackles the search as if it were a climb: always moving steadily forward with nearly mindless resolution.
The first half of the story was very good. The mystery surrounding Megumi's disappearance is well built. The supporting characters are all interesting. Though at times it seems that Shiga tends to engender trust from the youths he encounters without the story really explaining why.Read more ›
At 334 pages "The Quest for the Missing Girl" is a heavy book, both in size and content. The pace is more like a novel or a modern Clint Eastwood flick than a comic, moving forward with a slow determination towards the inevitable climax. Taniguchi tackles social issues affecting Japan, be it from the loss of attachment to nature, to the demands of society over personal passion, to teenage prostitution, all wrapped within a gripping and heroic narrative.
The missing girl of the title is Megumi, a 15-year old Tokyo girl who didn't come home one day. In a panic, Megumi's mother calls Shiga, a solid mountain man who lives his life as far away from Tokyo as possible. Once upon a time, Shiga was best friends and climbing partners with a man named Sakamoto. Both men were in love with a woman named Yoriko, whose only condition for marriage was that her husband gives up the mountains to be with her. Shiga's passion for mountains was too great, but Sakamoto accepted. However, after marriage and Megumi's birth, Sakamoto wanted one last climb to the Himalayas. Shiga refused to partner with him, and Sakamoto died. Shiga, full of guilt, swore to watch over Megumi and protect her.
So when Megumi goes missing, Shiga comes down from the mountains and into the wilds of urban Tokyo, as the proverbial stranger in a strange land.Read more ›
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I was forced to read this book for class The story is good but predictable and the character's are a little flat save for the cliche emotional trauma that the main character... Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by Shun Nakamura
the story is simple(minded): the guy comes from the mountains to Tokyo to find his friends lost daughter. he stumbles around a bit and solves the case by climbing. Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by Evzenie Reitmayerova