Hidden Gems of Manga


No Longer Human

No Longer Human is an adaptation of a novel by Osamu Dazai. Ostensibly a fictionalized version of the author’s own life, it is a tale of woe. Our main character Ooba Youzou starts out well enough in high school. But he has already left home for the city because he found his family stifling. But even at school he feel he must fake it so he can fit in with the rest of society. He meets a friend in some art classes he takes, and they start down a hedonistic path. Which leads Ooba to ruin. Soon, he is cut off from his family, and his source of money. To get by he relies on various women to help him out. After a long spiral downwards, things start to look up. They might be great even, when something so terrible happens that everything goes to ruin.

This version by Usamaru Furuya (Genkaku Picasso, Litchi☆Hikari Club) is a modern update to the tale taking it into the modern day. He keeps to a more traditional art style but great moments of his knowledge of art come out to help expand the story and atmosphere.

Despite the depressing nature of this story, I found myself glued to it and powered through all three volumes in a short period of time. My only regret was not having read them sooner.

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Sticky: June 2016 - No Longer Human
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Sticky: Poll: Pick July 2016's Hidden Gem
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March 2016 - Ran to Haiiro no Sekai
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Poll: Pick June 2016's Hidden Gem
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May 2016 - Voynich Hotel
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Jeagger | Yesterday, 10:37 AM
Started Imperial Guards (Koukoku no Shugosha) a few days ago, it's pretty good

Brand | Jun 16, 1:17 PM
If anyone is interested I've started a Hidden Gems of Anime club.

Brand | Jun 15, 6:41 PM
You can now vote for July's Hidden Gem!

Brand | Jun 1, 6:33 AM
There was a 3 way tie this time so I picked one. Feel free to submit any titles you like (new or old) for next month's pick.

Brand | May 25, 7:18 AM
When both of those were added they were virtually unknown titles.

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