It's beautiful. There's a tone of sadness in it yet the character's witty introspection will keep you feel good all throughout - the allure of slice of life manga direct from a 'not-so' kid's perspective.
The story was told in a coalesce of monologue and introspection on a kid's perspective. No plot devices, no unnecessary drama, and almost no impact at all - not that it's a bad thing though considering if you don't take it at face value. There's something about the simplicity of the story that begs your inner self to "please delve in deeper and reflect" and that's what I exactly did halfway through.
Art is simple which fits the plot perfectly.
There are only a few key characters in this manga, where a kid protagonist have set the tone of the story. The kid is lively, witty, a dreamer, serious at times and thoughtful.
For a manga that's only 5 chapters long, enjoyment is easy to tell since there's not that much to explore. I enjoyed this manga because it made me self-reflect and think maybe a bit too much to even bother making a review for it.
This narrative, in my conclusion, is about people who wants to break free from their societal (predestined) roles but just can't because everyone tells them to just suck it up. The desire to break free from expectations is there, but self-preservation is much stronger to ignore. The kid (and the other key character) is like an embodiment those people. That's slice of life for you. Maybe I got too involved while reading this manga and made too much sense to something that is not really there. Yet, think about it - that maybe one of the conclusion the mangaka wants to deliver: to suck it up altogether. read more
Manga and anime mean different things to different people. Some see them as an escape from difficult lives, some see them as a way to make friends and find things in common with people, and so many more things. To me, manga and anime are a medium where some of the best stories can be told. As a writer myself, seeing these beautiful things and reading/watching these incredible stories and following along on fantastical journeys is magical. In this medium of fiction, anything is possible.
Ano Ko no Ie is an example of that. With such a simple premise, this manga still manages to convey so much. While some of the child's inner monologues were unrealistic for a child to have, this is an interesting look into the mind of a child. Depending on what you take out of it, the story can be confusing, nonsensical, or very tragic.
The characters are simple, yet incredibly charming. Without telling us anything straight, the author manages to show us who these characters are and how they think.
The art is also simple, but considering the perspective we are shown, it fits incredibly well.
This may not be a masterpiece, but things like this are the reason that as I get older and start thinking of my future, I know that I won't ever "grow out" of manga and anime. There's just too much to see.read more