Aruku Hito
The Walking Man
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Aruku Hito

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 歩くひと
English: The Walking Man
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 18
Status: Finished
Published: 1990 to 1991
Genre: Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: Iyashikei Iyashikei
Serialization: Morning Party Zoukan
Authors: Taniguchi, Jiro (Story & Art)


Score: 7.181 (scored by 42754,275 users)
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Ranked: #61202
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Popularity: #2077
Members: 9,689
Favorites: 98


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Who takes the time these days to climb a tree in bare feet to rescue a child's toy? To stop and observe the birds? To play in the puddles after a storm? To go down to the sea to put a shell back? The Walking Man does as he strolls at random through urban Japan—often silent, often alone—with his vivid dreams that let time stand still.

(Source: Ponent Mon)


Aruku Hito was published in English as The Walking Man by Ponent Mon/Fanfare in March 2006 and again in a new 10th anniversary hardcover edition on March 6, 2014. It was also published in Polish by Hanami on September 15, 2017, and in Brazilian Portuguese by Devir in September 2017.




Sep 19, 2008
Ah… I’ve struggled to come up with words to describe this… “lovely” was one, “nice” is another… yet, they both do it a grave injustice. There’s so much more to these stories than first meets the eye.

I’ve also been struggling to describe in words a story that is essentially about … well… nothing much really. The closest I can come is by comparing this to Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou… er… without the apocalypse… or the robots… or scooters. In fact, it also doesn’t even focus on "mono no aware", but rather "ikigai" - which translates nicely as “joy and a sense of well-being from being alive.”

That ...
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 ...
Jul 29, 2017
Mixed Feelings
This is the most "nothing" manga I've read in a while. The Walking Man is a relax-core comic about a Japanese salaryman just taking it slow and enjoying being alive. That's it, he's just chill. I'm pretty sure the goal of the manga is to make you feel at peace too and/or embrace life for what it is and I'm not sure if it's good at doing that but this is completely subjective.

To me it lacked a little something to actually reach the goal. Maybe it's stilted if well drawn backgrounds, maybe it's lack of reletable characters or situations but to be this ended ...

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