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Not Simple

Not Simple

Alternative Titles

English: not simple
Japanese: not simple


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 14
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 2004 to Nov 2005
Authors: Ono, Natsume (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic Seed!


Score: 8.181 (scored by 1403 users)
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Ranked: #5352
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Popularity: #1674
Members: 3,809
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Ian, a young man with a fractured family history, travels from Australia to England to America in the hope of realizing his dreams and reuniting with his beloved sister. His story unfolds backwards through the framing narrative of Jim, a reporter driven to capture Ian's experiences in a novel: not simple. A story within a story, a book within a book, a tale about the search for family, for an emotional home.

(Source: VIZ Media)


Not Simple was published in English by VIZ Media under the SigIkki imprint on January 19, 2010.



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Mar 6, 2010
No reviews!? NOOOOO!

I read a review for this Otaku USA and really wanted to read it. Then, about a month later, it popped in the local Barnes and Nobles so of course I bought and devoured it!

not simple by Natsume Ono follows two men: One who makes the story and one who writes it. Even after reading it, I'm still not sure which one was which.

First of all, we have Ian. Ian is an Australian with a messed up family. His mother divorced his father and took him to England,even though she despised him, to get back his sister who was in jail at the read more
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Jan 3, 2014
A void, a soft gust of wind, a sole lone flower with naught but to wither away. not simple is akin to a gleeless memoriam, a sorrowful take on one life that unfortunately could not be saved.

With the spine of a story gently brittling away, not simple takes you on a journey, a chronicle detailing the life of a young man named Ian. This tale is a dejected one—every event compounded onto Ian's misfortunes. Each moment, each flash onto not simple's stage is wistful, placing heart and soul into the stiffened dialogue at play. The bastard child of his sister and his father; an abusive read more
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Aug 14, 2010
"What I really want...is to feel the warmth of the people who should be closest to me." - Ian, "not simple".

"not simple" is a manga whose title should be taken only semi-literally. The main character Ian is a complex individual whose respect of life's subtleties tends to have a major effect on those around him. However, at the same time he is also very much a simple individual, a person who is simply looking for that one thing which so many of us take for granted; that being, family. This yearning makes Ian very much conflicted, however, his interactions and advice to those around him, read more
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May 3, 2010
This is a story that in review at least should be cut to the chase. This is a story about a fucked up family, in no way intended for children, and you probably shouldn't read it unless you have excess amounts of happy at the time.

It's told in a disorganized fashion, starting at the end and ending just before it. It starts off more autobiographical because it's the tale as Ian tells the author who's name escapes me, then as the story progresses it switches to the author's experiences and flashbacks of Ian updating the story; a good portion of the story consists of Ian read more
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