Oct 10, 2015
A manga that feels like a short meditation.
What a wonderful surprise this story was. It may seem astounding to say this about a manga that features 18 chapters about a man talking walks outside, but I think this is a masterpiece, provided that you judge it for what it is and not compare it to mangas that simply don't belong in the same genre.
This isn't a story driven by characters, conflicts or big events. It is purely atmospheric & impressionistic, offering a lovely and soothing portrait of the simple, everday life of an ordinary, yet quite content business man. In this regard, the manga
does not only provide a wonderfully diverse and realistic insight into the life in a Japanese town, but also highlights the value of the little things, the ordinary things, the uneventful things that can contribute to a happy life. While some might find the idea of such a life boring, I cannot help to feel a little envious of the protagonist.
I'm sure I will re-read this manga many times in the future, simply to soak in the atmosphere and to imagine myself being in the protagonist's place, quite relaxed and content.
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