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Japanese: 零落
English: Downfall
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 8
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 10, 2017 to Jul 28, 2017
Genre: Drama Drama
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Superior
Authors: Asano, Inio (Story & Art)


Score: 7.291 (scored by 88428,842 users)
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Ranked: #42592
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Popularity: #825
Members: 17,822
Favorites: 180
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Selling copies is the only thing that matters.

So what if your first series just ended and you have no idea how to start the next one, your marriage is breaking up, your pure love of manga has been destroyed by the cruel reality of the industry and nothing seems to fill the sucking void inside you...

(Source: Viz Media)


Reiraku was published in English as Downfall by Viz Media on February 18, 2020.


Fukasawa, Kaoru
Machida, Nozomi

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Aug 3, 2018
Hamazura (All reviews)
Well, I can see why Asano did this, and I know that this won't be the newers cup of tea certainly.

reiraku is a serious introspective on a mangaka's mature life on the real terms, not the "bakuman terms" or something, I loved Bakuman but, as time goes by one grow up enough to enjoy this kind of stories even more than the pink-coloured ones.

If you might want to know a narrowed asano's facet then this is for you, if you are expecting a shonenensque story this might not be for you. If you have ever felt frustrated about a recurrent decision in your life this read more
Oct 4, 2017
yagotw (All reviews)
I really thought I was going to read something great, unlike bakuman, reiraku showed a more obscure side about the mangakas, very similar but still different from the presentation of "i am a hero", closer to the real.
I found the moment when the first and last chapter repeated some sentences but completely different visions, and that almost made it good, but I feel like I've been cut about 10 chapters of the series because it does not end, it closes more does not come to a conclusion, despite completing an "arc" yet yes it is too small to have any esplicitness that really was good. read more
Jul 6, 2019
UnoPuntoCinco (All reviews)
"Mangaka are self-centered"
The former sentence is the key to understand "Downfall" (Reiraku). This manga is mainly about the sort of person who becomes an artist and lives for the art. It may be perhaps a confession of life, who knows for sure but Asano himself.

This story starts with a first-person description of one of the protagonist's former lovers. He claims he didn't understand her. We are shown the protagonist's success as an author as he finishes one of his series, but also a deep lack of satisfaction; his marriage is dull, people don't pay him as much attention as he'd like when he speaks; soon read more
Mar 31, 2021
hexashadow13 (All reviews)
tl;dr: A dreary manga about a burnt out mangaka that doesn’t really have a point but is reasonably interesting considering how short it is.

Manga itself is a pretty common theme in manga. After all, it’s easiest to write about something one has experience on and mangaka inherently have experience with manga. However, most such manga are mangaka channeling the experience they had with a previous successful work into the story of a mangaka making their way to the top. This is very much the opposite. This manga is about a mangaka that’s completely burnt out on manga. It starts off with him ending a successful read more

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