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.
Omoide Emanon has a lot of poetry and a pure atmosphere. I felt very calm (but quite bored) when i read it. There is only love and beauty, with good art. The characters are well introduced and have depth.
However, the plot is a bit dull, there is a lot of nonsense like [spoiler]mother loosing part of their dna memory when they get a child (???)[/spoiler] Nothing will really happen in the manga, and the plot twists are spoiled in the beginning. the characters pretty much spend the manga talking.
It was boring to read but the overall atmosphere and the immortality depiction is pretty well managed
by the author, so i would still recommend you reading at least the beginning. If you don t really enjoy it, consider dropping it since there will be nothing much more happening.
Omoide Emanon is a short manga, adapted from a japanese speculative fiction. The story revolves around a young compulsive man, who meets a mysterious wandering girl, referring to herself as "Emanon". The man becomes aware of the fact that Emanon's memory begins 3 billion years ago, with the formation of life, and will continue to be passed down, in the fashion she received it, to her offspring. This short manga illustrates the affect the two have on each other, and the unique nature of their relationship beautifully, seeking to assert a claim about the tricky topic of purpose.
The highlight of this manga would definitely
be the characters. All the characters are realistic, and incredibly compelling. I found myself falling in love with Emanon in tempo to the fascination and companionship that the man eagerly seeks throughout the work. The man and his life painted a portrait so true to the human experience, that is not revealing or insightful, but hopeful.
The conflicts depicted in the work, are well portrayed, easily anticipated as they are somewhat scripted. The entire situation of their fateful encounter, and subsequent interaction would be much more compelling if the circumstances were more expansive, or perhaps, just better thought out.
The art, while nothing new, holds a familiar charm that helps to accent the realism that the work strives for
All in all, Omoide Emanon is a short, but bittersweet read that no enthusiast should pass over..
I really find it difficult to talk about Omoide Emanon. I think the word I'm looking for is alexithymia. It really is rare for me to read something like this, actually this is the first thing I've ever read of this kind. I picked this up from a list of one of my friend and I'm glad that I had the pleasure of stumbling upon this little gem, quite frankly I think this is one of the best one-shot manga ever written. This was originally published as a story by Shinji and later Kenji's editor asked him to start working on this. And later it
was serialized and released as one volume manga.
Despite being a nine chapter one-shot, Omoide Emanon goes considerably deep into philosophy. It splendidly manages to transact a poignant and beautiful tale of reminiscence and wonder. It is surprisingly lovable and astonishingly emotional. After I was done with the reading, it left me wondering how short we live and how ephemeral everything we do is. Omoide Emanon serves as a catalyst for our brooding illustrates how abortive things we strive to do are. My manga reading journey is short and plain fruitless, and I enjoyed reading this than I had in a while. It certainly succored to evoke some thoughts and has affected the way I see things. This IS really a short read, and also I'd recommend anyone to read this, in fact, if you're reading this then please spend an hour of your day to read Omodie Emanon.
Emanon is definitely a fascinating yet enigmatic character portrayed. She confides in the protagonist that she holds a 3 billion year old memory that dates back to the beginning of life on Earth and spans entire lifetimes. There is a hint of nostalgia in her words as she talks about her past lives. Yet despite her vast knowledge, she travels alone and doesn’t seem to make many close personal connections. It is their shared mutual loneliness that leads her and the protagonist to make a connection during the night aboard the ship, and they end up talking about a variety of topics from pop culture to philosophy. There are numerous hints at her background, and it’s a bit disappointing that we don’t get to learn more about her past lives.
The art was definitely great and stroked well with the manga. The artwork carries the beauty of the manga perfectly, it was also due to artwork that the complexion was so gripping. The colored pages are actually water colored were beautiful to look at and firmly rooted in reality, will be waiting for a full colored version, hope there'll be one.
In short, Omoide Emanon is a unique science-fiction on a large scale and I promptly fell in love with the story and the characters. There are two more sequels and I've started reading one of it already, though it is shame that I think we don't get into the depth of Emanon's past, nonetheless I'll be definitely reading the sequels.
I randomly came across this manga when i was in the library with some friends. The cover caught my eye and i curiously lifted the book off the shelf. After inspecting both the front and back cover i had my hopes raised. I was hoping for a sad, slow-paced story about a lonesome girl and the ocean, and i got more than what i was expecting.
The art. Yes this was the main point that i loved about this manga. I simply love rugged, imperfect backgrounds with plenty of detail and shadows. You can probably tell by my profile, but this was more than i asked
for. On several occasions, i had to stop reading in order to grasp the picture, grasp the detail and relive the effort that the artist had when drawing every single brick, powerline and railbed.
For me, the story was nothing special. However, i know what the author felt like when making this story. When i am bored, i occasionally daydream. I create beautiful scenarios that i feel that only i can enjoy fully. I dream of playing with a girls soft brown hair while sitting in a train coupe. The wooden benches are uncomfortable, but her presence makes me ignore that. The morning sunrays sift through the small white curtains and land on her face. We pass dense forests, open lakes and even large hills. Where are we going? To be frank it doesn't matter.
For us dreamers, this is complete bliss. Even though i cannot appreciate Emanons story good enough, i know that for the author, it was a fantastic daydream. So good, that he turned it into reality.
Emanon is a fine character. It's the girl of our authors dreams - different and mysterious.
Those are my thoughts on this great manga. I am glad that my eyes stopped on this blue book during that tired afternoon, it filled the rest of my week with happiness and enjoyment.
Well, I’ve finished reading this anime and it’s for me to give my opinion.
I have to say the illustrations illustrations of this manga are really good, I think few artists take the time of think of every detail , this is something I really thank.
However, I didn’t like the story at all. Sorry. I think both characters spend a lot of time talking in the restaurant, even their theory of Emanon’s gift to remember everything, becomes a bit boring. I wish we could have seen Emanon telling a story of waht she lived and a bit more of love the main characters.
I’m surprised the
boy believes her when she tells him she can remember everything, the authors could have made things more difficult for her, she should have done something to make him see she’s telling the truth. I think he’s too immature and not developed at all.
I wish they had deepen more in their relationship and more in her memories of the past.
Именно это должен был увидеть в первую очередь любой читающий данный обзор человек, ибо этот приговор исчерпывающий.
История, рисовка, персонажи - это сплошной клубок невообразимой охуенности, который с заглотом пытаешься разом впустить в свою жизнь. Но крутизна настолько велика, что это комом застревает в горле. Здесь рисовка монохромная, но если ты дойдешь до "Странствий Эманон", то просто охереешь (странствия Эмонон - это продолжение).
Вдаваться в подробности сюжета не буду, но скажу, что здесь персонажи естественно выглядящие, приятно выглядящие, реалистично выглядящие, история не из примитивных как минимум по меркам манг.
Порой задумываешься над всем происходящим в истории этой и начинаешь задумываться на
своей историей, ее составляющей, о том, все ли те ценности, которые ты для себя сформулировал, правильные. Может и не хотел такой посыл внести в сюжет создатель истории, но у меня волей-неволей такие мысли зароидились в башке (что поделать).
В общем, русскоязычная аудитория - читай! Находи и наслаждайся. На ридманге есть в хорошем качестве. Я случайно прочел сначала "Странствия Эманон", а потом уж это, но правильней будет все же с этой начать. А потом перейти к... ну понятно. Все, хорошего дня.
It's been written in Russian, so don't require me to type anything English, Myanimelist, 'cause enough of people already did it. So just don't ignore all the letters I put above. Cheers
upd still won't let me go. dammit, fine.
If I ever happen to become a father, I'll definitely call my daughter Emanon. Now that goes to show how much I love this story.
Furthermore, there are also sequels. They're awesome, too. To be more precise, I started reading "Wandering Emanon" first, but that's not a big problem. But better off starting from here, of course.
upd 2 how much of a text you want from me, dude!! I've done the best I could, what else you want from me, MAL!!
Totally loved the moment when different people show up as extremely *uckas* sexist, because.... well, you'll find that out as soon as you get to reaad/watch this manga