In the winter of 1967, a 20-year-old man returns home from his travels aboard a ferry, where a chance encounter forever alters his perception of the world around him. While relaxing in the cabin, he is approached by a beautiful yet enigmatic girl who introduces herself as Emanon; later that evening, the pair accompany each other to dinner.
After seeing the man read a science fiction novel, Emanon offers to tell him her life story, saying that he doesn't have to believe it unless he wants to. And much to the man's surprise, she proceeds to inform him that her memory dates back over three billion years, to the very moment when life first appeared on Earth.
Omoide Emanon tells the extraordinary tale of a girl who serves as the planet's witness—an inheritor of genetic memory that has been passed down her maternal line since the beginning of life itself.
Its hard to find the words that accurately express just how wonderfully magnificent Memories of Emanon actually is. The story in its entirety was astoundingly articulate, ravishingly studious, and enigmatically captivating. Kenji Tsuruta conveys pure artistic endearment in brilliant fashion throughout this fabulous publication.
What would you do if you had a three billion year old memory? Would you melancholically reminiscence over past experiences, would you nostalgically ponder the meaning of life, or would you stand idle by and simply observe as time passes? I was fascinated with this wondrous tale that encompasses beauty in the truest sense of the word.
as a character holds a genuine place in my heart, she quickly became one of the most endearing and mysterious characters ever set in a short serialization. One important aspect to note about this piece is the way Kenji brilliantly illustrated the masterpiece that is Memories of Emanon. I don't think I could ever properly convey my feelings on just how magnificent this working piece of fiction was in its entirety.
After I had read Omoide Emanon's description, I was positive that it would be an experience out of the ordinary. Having finished it, it left me with a feeling hard to describe, the closest one being pure awe.
The story starts off on a cruiser en route to the southernmost of Japan. Sitting cuddled in a blanket against the cold outer wall of the ship, an ordinary male high school student soon finds himself in the company of the not-so-ordinary titular character Emanon: a beautiful young woman with long, lustrous hair, a wave of freckles sprinkled across her nose and a memory as massive as the
One thing leads to another and the two end up in the cruiser's diner, where Emanon offers to tell her unbelievable story, having noticed the huge amount of sci-fi books in the student's bag and feeling that he bears a resemblance to someone dear she knew long ago. He happily lends her his ear and becomes subject to an amazing tale; as it happens, Emanon possesses the memory of life itself; it has been passed on from mother to daughter since the first single-cell organism was born in the vast ocean of three billion years ago.
Omoide Emanon consists only of one single volume, but it packs more of a punch than most longer manga I've read. The story is original and mind-boggling, the art consistent in its detailed excellence and Emanon herself is one of the most charismatic and attractive characters I have come across in manga/anime. It rendered me speechless - in a good way.
I can imagine that reading Omoide Emanon is very much like watching the Earth from orbit: to be enveloped in the inescapable knowledge that your own meager existence is but an insignificant, infinitely ephemeral moment in the history of the universe and be taken aback by the awe-inspiring beauty of it all.
Imagine having a three billion old memory that encompasses everything that has happened, even that of the origination of life itself. Is it possible to cope with it? How will your life and surroundings affect you and vice versa? Omoide Emanon is a heartwarming and fascinating tale of a 17 year-old girl who possesses an ancient memory that dates up to the creation of life.
The approach on the narrative is utterly fascinating and well done; it is narrated in a span of a couple of hours, then makes a jump to the future. The story is established in 1967, which starts off by slowly building
up the scenario and introducing the main characters. The protagonist Emanon, financially low on resources, decides to return on ship to her hometown in Hokkaido. Therein she encounters a young sci-fi lover: through soothing and everyday dialogues, the story transmits the personalities and emotions of the characters well. Emanon will ultimately reveal her secret to him, which leads to the past of the lead character and other reflections she has from current society and how it changed.The reader can really begin to appreciate and ponder about humanities nature, and specifically how such a memory would have potentially affected their own life (and that of Emanon), the decisions and hardships.
The cast of characters in the manga is composed of the two mentioned previously. There is Emanon, who continually fell in love in her childhood and adolescence due to her memories. After enduring one rejection after the other, she decided to travel, in order to explore and search for answers about herself. Then there is the young man who is a sci-fi lover. Because the manga is short, little character development takes place, but the reader gets to appreciate the characters personality. It is interesting to see how the man represents how most young, optimistic people turn out to be: having a decent job and a family, without changing and adapting themselves to society.
The art of Omoide Emanon is fantastic. Stunning and realistic character designs, detailed backgrounds; almost every panel had a background, which enhanced the realistic setting and overall narrative. There were some inconsistencies to be appreciated throughout the manga, but this was a minor issue.
To sum up, Omoide Emanon is a brilliant story with a fascinating idea that was well executed and presented to the reader. With the fantastic art and good pacing of the narrative, this manga fulfilled almost every aspect it thought to explore, though it doesn't go into too much detail. It could have had the potential to be a longer series, but nevertheless I would highly recommend this to any reader.
How would it feel to have 3 billion years of memory? My brain can’t even begin to comprehend something so vast. And yet, this is exactly what this manga is about.
Honestly, it's hard for me to find the right words to describe this manga. I don't want to simply recommend a manga because it's good. I want to share an experience. I won’t hesitate to say that this, at least for me, was a masterpiece. Of course, it’s not perfect, but after reading tons of mangas, Omoide Emanon was like a pearl in the sea of clichéd and boring stories.
First of all, let me
be clear that there's no action here, no real character development. The story doesn't focus on romance and it's not exactly a slice of life either. The plot is surprisingly simple and yet it feels like it doesn't fit into any category. It's a very heartfelt, one of a kind story that simply draws you in and makes you feel at peace.
Emanon is a young, beautiful and mysterious lady who without much ado starts telling her unbelievable story to some stranger she met on a cruise ship. A story of how she came to possess 3 billion years worth of memories. I'm not gonna say anything else about the plot. The story is short as it is. Instead, I'll tell you how I felt while reading it. I felt like I was in tune with the entire universe.
It's been some time since I've read this manga, but it still remains fresh in my memory. It firmly occupied a place in my heart and no other story has come even close to the uniqueness that is Omoide Emanon. I would recommend this manga to any mature reader.