The story of a girl called Ichiko, who lives alone in a forest. Each chapter features a dish or meal scavenged or harvested from Ichiko's surroundings in rural Komori ("little forest"). While there are no wild flights of fancy as in Witches or Hanashippanashi, the organic linework and majesty of nature featured within tap into that same source of magic. Little Forest is a very acquired taste on its own, but just another piece of the stunning tapestry Daisuke Igarashi continues to weave today.
I'm a big fan of Daisuke Igarashi, and as a big fan I've been reading all his series. Little forest is the series that I most recently completed of his, and as much as I personally enjoyed the heck out of it, I'm aware that this isn't a series that everybody would enjoy.
Little forest is a series about a girl who lives in alone in the forest and the day to do she goes through. Straight off the cuff it's pretty evident that this is a series with a very simple, down to earth plot. It's rather uneventful, not too much is happening other
than our mc Ichiko harvesting plants and the like from her surrounding to make in to meals and a little bit of a look into her backstory. As the synopsis of the series eludes to, several other of the authors other series involve quite a simple premise yet include some action or fantastical elements for a bit of excitement. Little forest has none of this, yet in a way it's for the best, as this just adds to the theme of simplicity in nature. I was personally entranced in the plot, I found it to be a relaxing and soothing, a bit of a lul, something that I haven't quite experienced before to this extent. With that said however, I could very easily see someone getting bored in the rather repetitive structure of the story, this is a big part of the reason why I believe this series to be a niche read.
The art, the drawing, the aesthetic of Little forest is pretty typical for a Daisuke Igarashi series, and that's a good thing. Sketchy yet detailed, Igarashi's art is very different looking from his contemporaries, I consider this fact to be very beneficial to the kind of stories that are being told. This type of art is especially effective with a series like Little forest because of the striped down, bare bones story that compliments the sketchy art to T.
While there are a few characters that make brief appearances throughout the story, Ichiko is pretty much the only relevant character in the story. She's down to earth. She enjoys the simple things in life. She's a foodie. Yeah, not exactly your typical character. Part of the reason I found this series so calming is because of Ichiko's reactions to her environment, especially because of her continually astonished reaction to things she's seen and gone through before. In regards to her development throughout the series, it was good enough, but I felt like it wasn't really a focal point of the series anyway. Not the most groundbreaking of a character, but certainly an enjoyable one.
This isn't the most exciting read, but it's a deeply enjoyable one. With it's simple plot, I'd imagine not many would be as engrossed with this series as I was, but I still think there are certainly some who could find enjoyment in it, particularly those who can appreciate the subtle romanticism of the simplicity of nature.