Her name is Orange. She's a young girl in high school, coming of age in the heart of the city. And she has decided she has nothing to live for. Not her shallow friends. Not her parents. Not school. Not even the empty promise of love. Her head filled with morbid fantasies of suicide, Orange finds herself standing at the edge of her rooftop when the drunken, enigmatic young man, Dashu, enters her world...changing it forever...
A heartbreaking tale of a young woman desperately trying to understand the bewildering world around her, brought to life by the luscious artwork of manga icon, Benjamin, Orange is a profoundly moving story of loss and redemption.
This is one of the most honest, relevant, and beautiful graphic novels I have ever read. While the story is by no means a happy one and may not resonate as strongly with everyone, there is no shortage of situations and thoughts to which readers can relate (and probably have related, at some point in their life). What this manga might lack in storyline is easily forgiven in light of Zhang Bin's amazing full-color artwork, painterly and often brilliantly vibrant in contrast to the tone of the story. The combination is both dichotomous and truly delightful at once - bright colors to balance out some
the dark themes.
Bottom line: this is a quick and easy read that will dazzle your eyes and leave your brain full of ponderings, long after you've turned the last page.
Orange show a needy youth, unable to building own life and to be happiness and which is losing the faith in the adults. The main character doesn't feel more nothing, she is losing in this chaotic world and she do strange thoughts about the life. But the love for a strange alcoholic man, who is at the appearance uncaring and inconclusive, it will changes herself.
The story is a lot strange in some point, but anyway intrigue until at the surreal ending. The characters practically are only Orange and the alcoholic man, they have a good characterization, especially for Orange we can see the whirlwind
of self-destruction thoughts, we can feel the oppression in the soul of her, and I very like this, because she appear for who have to be in the story, namely a problematic young.
But the real strong point of this manhua isn't the story, but the draw. Sincerely I bought it because I was attract by the cover, one of the amazing cover that I ever seen in a comic. But each page is pure art, Benjamin have great tastes for the colors and a particular style, this comic seems more a collection of paintings, about the art is one of the best comic of always.
Orange can like who search stories different by the usual manga, and for who give more importance at the draw respect the story.
The art in this graphic novel is outstanding. I first read this because a fellow staff member confiscated it during a summer camp for mature content. I spent a lot of time flipping through it, just looking at the art-- not even observing the story line. It doesn't matter that the main character Orange is hard to connect to because she's whiney and selfish, the art itself makes this manga worth reading at least once.
I had a very hard time liking the main character of this graphic novel. She was whiney and self entitled-- a condition which she never recovered from during the plot
Even though the characters lack redeeming qualities and the story line was just okay, I would consider this a must read.