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Look Back

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English: Look Back
Japanese: ルックバック


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 19, 2021
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump+
Authors: Fujimoto, Tatsuki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.471 (scored by 2112121,121 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1362
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #431
Members: 29,596
Favorites: 763

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Fourth-grader Ayumu Fujino regularly draws four-panel manga for her school newspaper and is lauded as having the best artwork in her class. One day, she is asked by her teacher to turn over one of her manga slots in the school newspaper to a truant student named Kyomoto. When Kyomoto's manga pops up alongside Fujino's, it receives high praises for its detailed artwork, making Fujino furiously jealous.

Refusing to be beaten by someone who barely attends school, Fujino devotes herself to learning to create manga. As time goes on though, her goal of outshining Kyomoto seems to only get further and further away, and Fujino, now in sixth grade, eventually gives up and quits making manga.

Graduation day arrives, and Fujino is asked to deliver Kyomoto's graduation certificate to her. Through chance, the two end up coming face to face, and their unexpected meeting will end up having consequences far beyond what either of them could ever predict.

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Look Back was published digitally as an English simulpub through MANGA Plus service.

The one-shot was published as a tankoubon on September 3, 2021.


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Jul 18, 2021
MakimuraMiki (All reviews)
What a ride.

Regret is a theme that's always hit hard for me. That feeling of wishing you said those words or spent more time with the people you cared about before it was too late. The realization that any resentment and pettiness you had towards them was fucking stupid in the grand scheme of things.

Fujimoto expresses that idea through the endearing relationship between the story's two leads and the sobering inspiration from real-life experiences and events. Tying it all together with creative paneling and a polished flow.

It's short and bittersweet. Amusing and depressing. Contemplative.

I enjoyed it a lot and definitely recommend it.

Jul 18, 2021
Danno (All reviews)
What can I say without spoiling the whole thing? It's beautiful. Fujimoto's done it again. There are some fun little Chainsaw Man references within the story, too.

Fujimoto, as usual, does a great job with the characters. They're instantly lovable with great chemistry. They grow throughout the story and you can never really predict what they'll do next. They feel alive; they're written as humans, not as archetypes.

Their expressions convey their feelings well and can be kinda funny at times. For example, the teacher's slack-jawed, "another day, another dollar" face on the first page and Fujino's smug expressions in the beginning. Fujino's shocked face on read more
Jul 18, 2021
axquilt (All reviews)
(Spoilers ahead!)
Look Back is a one-shot that is simple yet amazing at the same time. Thia manga accurately shows the realism of human emotions encountering the death of their loved one.

Look Back is about two middle school friends inspiring to make manga. As life goes on, they both take their separate ways promising to meet each other again in the near future to continue making manga. However, one of friends passed away which affects the other friend with regret and sadness. It's a simple plot that anyone can think of but the way they showed the emotions of the main character was flawless.

Story: read more
Jul 18, 2021
Spark442 (All reviews)
It's finally time, been waiting for Fujimoto's one shot for a while and here we are.
(Spoilers below)

Story - The story is fairly simple, Fujino loves to draw for her school's newspaper, everyone in her class adores her art, then her teacher tells Fujino that another student would also like to submit a comic strip for her school's newspaper. Kyomoto, the new newspaper artist stuns the class as Fujino gets jealous since her arts is barely average compared to Kyomoto's. Soon both of them meet and pair up, writing manga together. The story isn't complicated at all and tells a story of two manga artists coming read more

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This is not a one-shot
BidoofOP - Sep 3
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Is this based on a true story?
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