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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421523213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421523217
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's different from most famous manga out there, quite an enjoyable read, highly recommended.
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Although keep in my mind that this series feels like it was made for people in my position in life.
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If only I read this book 5 years ago, I would have known I was not alone... This book is brilliant!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Caramel Milk Tea on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
I dunno how they did it, but Inio Asano truly captured what it felt like to be out of college and trying to make that transition between a student and an working class slave, I mean, adult. If only I read this book 5 years ago, I would have known I was not alone... This book is brilliant!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erica Tyler on February 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I had stopped reading manga for a few years because the only type I saw were marketed towards a much younger audience. I am VERY glad I took a chance with Solanin. It was not what I expected, the story twists and the characters are well thought out. The story was really touching without being sappy fluff. Excellent writing! READ IT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Life is never easy. And that first year out of college and trying to find a career and getting a feel of whether the career you chose is what is right for you. Finding the right apartment, wondering if the person you are in love with will be there forever.

"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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kayuga on November 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
The art work in this manga is very impressive. It's actually like reading an anime. If that makes any sense. What i mean is that, the mangaka doesn't waste any frames. There isn't an excess of close-ups, or flower petals floating around in the background. The page layout therefore, is very simply, structure-wise, but all the magic happens in the boxes, because the angles and points of view are very interesting. There's lots of movement. I know this is not a shojo manga, but one of shojo manga's biggest faults is an inability to show the characters doing anything but standing around and looking serious/pretty. In her limited frames she shows you so much more, because she is all the more careful with what she depicts. Honestly, that's what makes her style so amazing.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik Ketzan on January 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Solanin was serialized from 2005 to 2006, when Isio Asano was 24-25 years old. That fact informs almost all aspects of appreciating the work and assessing its ultimate value in the manga landscape.

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.
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