Being his first series, What a Wonderful World remains Asano?s most representative and successful work to date. Composed of vignettes from the daily lives of a group of people inhabiting an ordinary neighborhood somewhere in Tokyo, the series is actually a comment about modern life itself and how we can survive in it despite all its rigors. Amusing, melancholic, funny, strange, thought-provoking?Asano effortlessly shifts from one mood to another, creating stories and characters that are profoundly human and thus always involving. It?s a shame that not everyone will find the subjects the author describes equally appealing since some of them are distinctly Japanese. But overall, it?s a great collection that any discerning manga reader should check out.
From Kotonoha: Koume Sato and Kosuke Isobe are two teenagers living in a sleepy seaside town. After getting used and dumped by her crush, the emotionally damaged Koume decides to start a sexual relationship with Kosuke, without any emotions involved. However, they both soon discover that sex with no strings attached does lead to unexpected complications, not just for themselves but also the people surrounding them.
After graduating from college, Meiko went straight to work as an office lady, but she can't help feeling there should be something more to life. Determined to find a worthier goal, she quits work, but can she actually make her neubulous dreams come true- and how will her sudden decision affect her relationship with her boyfriend Taneda?
Witness the titular Punpun - who is depicted as a tiny, caricatured bird in an otherwise normal human setting - as he copes with his dysfunctional family and friends, his love interest, his oncoming adolescence and his hyperactive mind.
A gag comic about a salaryman, Ozanari-kun, and his boss, Yabusaka-san.
(Rainbow Field, a location within the manga) is a heavy book. Its thick black cover and roughly 300-page girth are a sign of things to come: this is a black, bleak story, complicated and convoluted. It is a story that you can read again and again, and notice new things each time. It is a story that you need to read again and again to puzzle together. It is a story heavy with symbolism and maddeningly intricate. Suzuki is a troubled boy. He's lived with uncaring foster parents for most of his life, alienated from the other kids at his school, owner of a cynical, unhappy mentality. Komatsuzaki is a violent, unpredictable bully whose head trauma causes him to act in mysterious, inexplicable ways. Arakawa is a no-nonsense, normal girl who pines after Komatsuzaki but can never have him. A teacher with just one working eye. A mother who committed suicide. A daughter in an endless coma. Attempted rape, murder, extortion, sexual deviance, and a freakish explosion in the butterfly population. All of these elements are whirled together in a story spanning 10 years, a tale of blackness, pain and apocalypse. And maybe just a bit of hope and redemption. It's a spiritual cross between the misanthropic suburban malevolence of Kyoko Okazaki's Rivers Edge and the eerie mysticality of Donnie Darko. (taken from Mangascreener)
The sun’s rays enter the city of light, as various stories unfold: Bright, dark and harsh; a story filled with people from whom you’d want to avert your eyes. Yet, it’s close to reality; so maybe it’s true to humanity. Like an old bond between a boy and a girl, a friendship is born between girls who rarely speak to each other. A man who dirties his hands for money, and the girlfriend who waits for him to come home.
"An anthology of an adult puffing at blue smoke quietly" Various well-known mangaka look into the theme of cigarettes and smoking.
- Chap 11 Takashi Kira - Haru of Cupola (4 years ago)
- Chap 10 Sentimental Vector - One Room Sick Chic No Panties (4 years ago)
- Chap 9 Fumi Fumiko - Golden Candy, Starry Smoke (4 years ago)
- Chap 8 Oh!Great - Time Machine Record (4 years ago)
- Chap 7 Shinichi Sugimura : How to Stop Sniping (4 years ago)