by Inio Asano


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ISBN-13: 9781421523217
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication date: 10/21/2008
Series: Solanin Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 74,484
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 5.74(h) x 1.26(d)

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Solanin 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Taylor- More than 1 year ago
Asano Inio, seinen mangaka manages to create a beautiful manga about ordinary people. It has no unlikeable characters, and each chapter is touching and sincere. Near the beginning, the short chapters make it easy to pick up and put down when you want to, but once the manga gets to the middle you will find that you won't want to put it down until you've gotten through this amazing graphic novel. As the characters move through each stage of their lives, twists and turns leave new development for each of them and each gets their time to shine. Forget reality TV; read Solanin if you want some real reality, harsh but immensely enjoyable. As for the T+ rating, I'd recommend it to anyone thirteen or older who is mature enough to pass off one or two scenes.
tiamatq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I kind of didn't know what to think of Solanin when I started reading it. I had seen the great reviews and that it was highly recommended, but I kept putting off reading it. When I did start, it was hard to connect with the characters. It seemed odd, because here are people asking the same questions I've asked myself so many times, and even still ask myself. Or I think about these questions for the people in my life - are they happy? Is this what life is about? Will I be doing this job for the rest of my life? Is this what it means to be an adult? Is there something more? So I'm not sure why it took me so long to click with these characters! Perhaps its because we don't know much about them until much further into the book - we just know their circumstances. Meiko is working in an office building and she hates her job. She's been out of college for awhile and is the "responsible" one in her relationship - her boyfriend Taneda works part-time as a graphic designer and talks about getting his band going full-time again, but he's pretty aimless. Or so it seems. They have the same group of friends from college, who also happen to be in Taneda's band, and they're all wondering about their place in life. Meiko surprises herself and her friends when she suddenly quits her job and decides to spend a year being free, hoping to discover something that sparks her passion. Quitting her job sets a series of events in motion, forcing each of the group to ask themselves about what's important to them and what are they willing to sacrifice to keep that thing going. I don't know if I'm being very clear in my description... this book is about living. It's about choosing what to do with your life and following through. And it's about friendship. I really liked how Meiko's mother tells her and Taneda that life isn't always about taking the difficult path - that happiness is actually easier to find than you think. Once you get to know these characters, to understand them, you can really get immersed in the story. As the author explains, these aren't larger-than-life characters; they're meant to be real people that can easily fade into the background. And what happens to them is beautiful and sad and wonderful. On a quick note, the artwork here is amazing. It's filled with detail but also simple. And the moments where the band is playing really evoke the passion and power you can feel when you're creating something. Towards the end of the book there's a performance and the way that the lighting works and the characters move and drip with sweat... it just shows the passion that they're seeking in life.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very personal story about the questions that everyone goes through once they realize how "achieving your dream" isn't as simple or straightforward as most used to think when younger.
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