English: Abandon the Old in Tokyo
Synonyms: Tokyo Ubasuteyama, Toukyou Ubasuteyama
Published: 1970 to ?
Authors: Tatsumi, Yoshihiro (Story & Art)
Score: 7.471 (scored by 549 users)
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2 based on the top manga page.
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Dec 14, 2009
Story: The brilliance of the manga is that the mangaka had no fear and showed the "other" side of our lives.He is showing to all of us what the human mind and soul looks like and showed it to us brilliantly.He shows us the live of different kind of people,with different opinions,lives,thoughts and different positions in the society.When you start a new story everything seems like it's a normal everyday kind of thing,but there we can see Tastsumi's ability,from a thing you see every day around you he shows you that even when you are looking at something doesn't matter what you are missing a lot of things that are happening to the object you are looking at.He shows that at times the life is really cruel to people and even the brightest people around us could really have a harsh life,despite all their hard work or talents.It shows that despite that we are the most intelligent beings in this world there are times that we are very weak and couldn't do anything and we are feeling empty.
Characters: The characters are of people that we meet everyday even to our way to work.You wouldn't remember them like in real life when you go past a person you would only see him for a second,but that person could really need you help,may be the happiest person in the world or a person who is in depression and wants to put a end to his life.The mangaka shows us what happens to a part of the people we meet out there and we don't know.
Enjoyment: I say that I really like this kind of manga.It shows the life the way it is.It's not trying to show that all the people in the world are beautiful and surrounded by a harem.It shows the cruelty of everyday we live.Sometimes it can make you laugh sometimes it can make you laugh,they could put a smile on your face or make you wonder for hours why is he reacting like that to what happened to him.
Overall I think that you should give a chance to the manga.The mangaka is one of the people that changed the future of manga in a one or another way.I think that you should really see Yoshihiro Tastsumi's works he influenced a lot of the modern mangakas. read more
Nov 26, 2012
Story: The stories revolve around blank and weak narrators facing the bleak circumstances of their lives however they can. A lot of material is covered here, poverty, abandonment, bestiality, isolation, and this manga deals with a lot of themes not often seen in the form. It's a very dark read, certainly, but one that we can take a lot away from. The stories are very tightly plotted and cut straight to the point, but if you're easily offended it might be better to stay away.
Art: The art is phenomenal and completely unique. The oppressive atmosphere that comes with poverty and need is captured perfectly, intricately detailed but still retaining a pleasant cartoon feel. The most disgusting and bestial acts are covered in this manga and the art contributes very well to the feeling of unease already being evoked.
Character: The protaganists of these stories are sympathetic, mostly because they live day-to-day in horrible and pitiful situations, and the stories rarely end well, with the main characters giving into their base urges and being ruined for it. They aren't noble characters but they're certainly relatable and their pointless struggles against a society that rejects them will appeal to most readers.
Overall: This is a unique collection of short stories with tremendous emotional impact. There is much to be gleaned here, about ourselves and society, and at just one volume there's really no excuse not to read it. read more
Jul 15, 2014
This is substantially not a light-read and isn’t for someone to start their day with. Don’t be mislead with the cartoonish artwork on the cover or the page itself, it is not lighthearted, any of the stories. It’s a look at the Japanese’s lonely men of Tokyo trapped in bleak lives, self-hatred, family duty, perverse desires and social expectations. The stories I’ve read in this work are nothing like I’ve read, ever and no matter how dark or unpleasant they are, they won’t leave you soon. Yoshishiro brilliantly shows the different, alternative style of stories here about the other sides of our lives. The stories written here are unembellished, harsh reads but are certainly something spending your time on. The stories are all very short, but they get a point across quickly, requiring the reader to think and consider what they are reading.
I’d like to talk about some of the stories from this one volume. The “Forked road” portrays how two boys go separate routes from innocence and how much they differ later when they once meet. In the “Unpaid”, an old man loses his company and seeks redemption from a dog. And when asked about this, Yoshishiro replied that it was based off an article he read in a magazine and also it was relatable to the about “a man who can only seek solace from a dog.” In “The Hole” we see a hiker who unfortunately falls into a deep hole and held captive by a woman who is deformed due to her plastic surgery. The captor wants to punish men for their expectations of beauty by punishing this man. This particular story left me thinking, who is righteous? It is certain that the women come off as wrathful, but should they be ingenuous? And now to the title of the manga itself, “Abandon the old in Tokyo” shows us a person and his burden of caring for his sick mother who of times keeps reminding him how she had to work hard to grow him. This is an unerring story of salvation. He first relocates her mother to a different house so that he can have his fiancée come over, but this causes his mother’s suicide. He then accepts it and brings her back to her resting place. The message of pessimism, suffering, and often hopelessness in all the stories make Abandon the old in Tokyo poignant.
The art is same in most of the stories, kindling a question, whether all the characters from the stories are same? They are not, or so it seems. Though, the artwork is nothing like you had ever seen, but it is wonderfully drawn that it represents the true aura of the ambiance of the stories. If you truly want to appreciate the art and the work here, then you’ll have to come out of the generic limitation of yours. The stories traverse the lives of people in a city and divulges in world of misplace people and salvation, rivetingly. If you ever want to read something dark and wretched but compelling then Abandon the old in Tokyo will top your need.