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Not Simple

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Japanese: not simple
English: Not Simple
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 14
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 2004 to Nov 2005
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Comic Seed!
Authors: Ono, Natsume (Story & Art)


Score: 7.751 (scored by 40634,063 users)
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Ranked: #14772
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Popularity: #1633
Members: 12,561
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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. It was also released in Brazilian Portuguese as Complicado by L&PM on May 5, 2022.


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Jun 16, 2023
“not simple” is a short story that invites us to be a witness to a total stranger’s life. Excluding the prologue chapter, the story is told in chronological order from the days of Ian’s early youth right up to his fateful meeting with a woman who “left her family”. Most fictional stories, especially in the world of manga, have at least one element that clearly separates it from reality and/or is written in such a way that the reader knows very well how detached they are from the world being presented to them. However, the storytelling of “not simple” is composed such that it almost ...
Jan 24, 2023
Just beware that this story has a lot of trigger warnings, though I won't list it down since it would possibly spoil the story

“What I really to feel the warmth of the people who should be closest to me"

This one-volume manga is such a quick, but definitely not an easy read. Dark, emotional and distressing, it deals with a lot of heavy, messed up topic. Yes, this story is short but definitely a messed up one, And that depressing and tragic vibe has a such great impact, atleast to me. I didn't even realize that this little story can cause a massive heartbreak until ...
Apr 2, 2021
"Not Simple" by Natsume Ono is anything but simple. A beautiful story about a brother trying to find his sister through various hardships and family struggles. The story keeps switching back from the present to his past and shows us various times of his life. With only a very handful of characters, Natsume was able to flesh them out well enough and with only 14 chapters she was able to tell us such a beautiful story. The art might not be the best thing you see but it has its aesthetics and with easy-to-draw characters, she was able to focus more on her story.

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