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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I honestly probably can't do this series the justice it deserves in my review, but I'd still like to try and talk about Solanin anyway. This is one of those manga series that I'm in this hobby for, a gem I accidentally stumbled across that made me look at manga in a different light. The series I end up cherishing the most are probably the ones I can relate to the most, and as a 24 year old that finished up college a few years ago, Solanin hits a home run in that department like no other. I like a lot of things about my life right now, but what I miss more than anything are lazy comfortable summers. I sometimes play with the idea of becoming a teacher so I can get summers off again. So when Meiko up and quit her job for the summer to fulfill exactly those goals of freedom, I was really excited for her. As much as I dream of having a summer off, I don't feel comfortable enough with my position to act on it, so to see a character take that leap felt gratifying.

In college I still thought of myself as a kid even though I was over 18, but now, even though I haven't changed much in the last few years I can't think of myself as a kid without cringing. Because lets face it I'm an adult now, even if my heart doesn't recognize it. All my life road choices have been greatly reduced, and now the path my life is going to take is far clearer to me than it was 4 years ago. Now I don't think that's a bad thing necessarily, but it does feel a little disturbing. This series represents that underlying worry really well, it was actually drawn at a time when the mangaka (Asano Inio) wasn't sure if he could actually make a living off of his dream. I've almost never felt so much of a mangaka's life represented in their work as I do with Solanin.
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