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Solanin Paperback – October 21, 2008
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In short, Solanin proves Asano as a major young talent in manga. First of all, it's high-quality manga that's not genre, and that alone is worth celebrating. While Western comics have broken free of genre trappings in the past decade or two, the overwhelming majority of manga is still stuck in its old genre and commercial models: sci-fi, fantasy, shonen, shojo. There are precious few non-genre manga that stand up to the best comics being done today in the West, but Solanin is such a work.
The art is polished and unique. Asano has carved out an extremely personal manga style, one which refreshingly departs again and again from the typical manga art vocabulary, especially in the faces and poses of his characters.
The writing is more than solid. Asano believably portrays characters he seems to know well: 20-something aspiring rock musicians, young people who reject (or at least delay) the typical Japanese career path and struggle through doubt, ennui, crappy jobs, and uncertain relationships in their path to maturity and adulthood. In lesser hands, this material, familiar to anyone, can easily become boring and solipsistic. But Asano's considerable wit and heart elevate his characters and story to become truly memorable. There are moments, especially when the characters play their music, of real magic.
Asano has created an entertaining, well-crafted work with considerable integrity. There's plenty of humor, but Asano blessedly never goes for cheap laughs. There's drama to spare, but again, he avoids cliche.Read more ›
"solanin" by Inio Asano features a beautiful artwork that captures Tokyo, from it's buildings, the homes, the walkways and scenery and just drawn with quite a bit of detail of just Tokyo that I found quite enjoyable. But as the artwork is part of the enjoyability of the manga, the strength is also in its storytelling.
For me, I enjoy manga's that capture the young adult life. Many that are released as novels in Japan but to have it in manga format that deal with that important time in the lives of normal people but presenting a situation that people can relate to. Stories such as "Asunaro Hakusho" which go into college friends and their love triangles, "Tokyo Friends" which features a woman from a farming area who needs to make a life in Tokyo to pursue her dreams and joins a rock band as the main vocalist to "Wakamono no Subete" which goes into friends who went separate ways in adulthood and choosing different paths in life which are normal and some that lead to a life of crime.
These three examples are storylines featured in graphic novels that have translated well into live drama series in Japan. But "solanin", it was well-featured on paper, via ink and an awesome manga it turned out to be.
According to writer/artist of "solanin", "I drew solanin when I was about 24 years old. I had just graduated from college and I was feeling a bit insecure about my ability to succeed as a manga artist and whether I would be able to continue to draw manga that were true to myself.Read more ›
They are like storyboards of a film. So i say, Like reading an anime.
Basically the plot is a couple of friends who have graduated college, and have jobs that they don't like, and they don't want to keep working them but they don't know how to do otherwise.
I can really relate to Meiko at her job, so intially i really liked it. But then she quits and she's bored not doing anything,and i got bored as well. But then i picked the manga back up again and continued to read it and the pace/plot started to pick back up again.
There's a lot of powerful emotions expressed in here. But nothing amazing ever really happens. And while the turn of events may be really realistic, they don't always make the most exciting thing to read about.
For what this manga does, it does well. It just sort of meanders, which is kind of like life.
however, make no mistake, this is a very well made manga and well worth your time.
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First manga I read by Asano (gearing up for that Punpun English release this spring!) and I enjoy the realism. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Nicola Roberts
I really didnt know what to expect other than lots of people telling meits good. I have to agree, if you like slice of life give it a shot.Published 21 days ago by ray
I love the manga that gets 5 stars but shipping... It came open and bent.Published 3 months ago by Pinkie pie
Started a bit dry but got much better. It was originally written in Japanese so you have to flip the pages from left to right instead of right to left which was confusing at first... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brittany W.
I dare you not to cry halfway through this, cause you will.Published 5 months ago by Alexander Oldaker
Great 10/10 can relate to this manga. Slice of life is my favorite.Published 5 months ago by CharlesWagner22
great story, great art, towards the end i felt in i could hear the song in the bookPublished 5 months ago by Randi Holtz