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Ristorante Paradiso Paperback – March 16, 2010
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The art is very unique; it's not bad per say but it's not absolutely beautiful. I believe it is drawn this way to make the story flow better. I haven't really decided if I like the art or not (haha).
Overall it's a nice short one-shot that makes an excellent read for a rainy day.
By now, you are probably familiar with the basic plot and premise of this manga from the synopsis and the rest of the reviews. So no need to really go into that. This is a standalone manga (no other volumes) which also did give rise to the "Gente" sidestory series. For me, the story was definitely touching and packed with tons of life lessons to learn. Tons of amusing characters as well. But my main issue with this particular manga was that it felt like it was cramming in too much for the amount of pages used. except for a very few, we really didn't get to delve too deeply into some of the other characters, the pacing sometimes felt rushed, and the resolution didn't really satisfy (it's a complete one tho and doesn't leave you hanging...it was just lackluster in my opinion). Now, I do love standalone mangas, too...and actually have an anthology of them...this one just didn't feel as developed and well executed. That said, the story is a very real and relatable story for many, and with tons of good lessons to glean from it.
The artwork is also not the standard commercial manga style, which ironically helps this manga considering it takes place in Italy, not Japan. The cover is a good representation of it...so you can decide if it's your style or not. It does make character age much easier to guess tho haha...and that is somewhat important to the happenings in it.
ALL IN ALL:
It's a good and solid manga...but I feel I will forget it soon enough. Didn't really have any themes, ideas, story plot, ect. that I felt will stay with me in the future. Nor did I really end up sympathizing or "investing" into any of the characters. For me, I'd say it's a decent filler while waiting on the next volume of your favorite series.