Monday, November 3, 2014


Original title: ソラニン
Polish title: Solanin
Author: Asano Inio
Publisher: Hanami
Language: Polish
English edition: Solanin (omnibus edition 2 in 1) published by Viz
Genre: Seinen, drama, tragedy, slice of life

Me and Hanami Publishing is a typical love-hate relationship. Their manga are always great, mature stories, but the editor must have some kind of "put comma in random place" disorder. This time it was no different than always - I loved the story and cursed the publisher. But apparently me cursing them doesn't make it any better with the quality of the proofreading, so - to the story!

Inio Asano's manga in some way reminds me of Haruki Murakami's novels - it's twisted and philosophical, cheerful and saddening at the same time. Although the author's style of drawing might not be one of my favorites, it's without a doubt polished and neat, with great backgrounds and many different facial expressions. In my opinion ability to draw differences in people's expressions is one of mangaka's greatest features - without it, even the best manga seems somehow dull.

It's not a story full of action. No - it's a story about losing and finding, about friendship and loneliness, about going forward and giving up. Finally, it's a story about how hard becoming an adult is - when the reality hits you so hard you don't know how to get up and keep going. So if you look for fast-paced plot - sorry, you won't find it here. But if you want to curl up under a blanket with a mug of tea in the evening and read some interesting, deep manga about what is important in life - go ahead, you won't be disappointed.

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