Munou no Hito
The Man Without Talent
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Munou no Hito

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Synonyms: Incompetent Man, A Worthless Person
Japanese: 無能の人
English: The Man Without Talent
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 6
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 1985
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Serialization: None
Authors: Tsuge, Yoshiharu (Story & Art)


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Ranked: #30202
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Popularity: #4957
Members: 4,058
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Unable to find a proper job, former manga artist Sukezou Sukegawa has been reduced to running a doomed business venture of his own design: selling stones on the very riverside from where he collects them. Refusing to sacrifice his artistic integrity and re-enter the manga industry, and with numerous failed schemes under his belt, Sukezou firmly entrenches himself into a position of destitution. Despite having a family to care for—including his breadwinner wife, whose opinion of him is ever-souring—he stubbornly refuses to abandon his stone trade. With one misadventure after another, Sukezou attempts to make a profit in a profitless situation, firmly believing that success is simply a stone waiting to be turned.

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Munou no Hito was adapted to a live-action film which premiered in Japan on November 2, 1991, and a TV drama which broadcast from July 27 to August 3, 1998.

The series was published in English as The Man Without Talent by New York Review Comics on January 28, 2020. It was translated by comic historian Ryan Holmberg, who also contributed an essay about author Yoshiharu Tsuge to the volume.



Dec 29, 2022
The Man Without Talent, by Yoshiharu Tsuge, is a semi-biographical manga, which shows part of the experiences and emotions of the author himself, with an introspective, realistic and melancholic vision. In the 1980s, when the manga was published, Japan was experiencing explosive economic growth, and the westernization process initiated in the post-war period was already at an advanced stage. As a result, a large part of the population began to live in large urban centers, adopting a Western lifestyle (which encompasses fashion, customs and consumerism linked to the American way of life), and leaving behind, frozen in time and restricted to some inland towns, the ...
Nov 5, 2020
Yoshiharu Tsuge shows why he's a powerhouse when it comes to gekiga and serious storytelling. Munou no Hito is a sincere and delightful portray of life in its simplest form, creating with its down to earth narrative an atmosphere that is miserable as much as its hopeful, showing a perspective to being in a bad situation that diverts from what is usually the norm; while other media tend to dwell in the sadness and the depressive nature of failure, the mangaka thrives in the mundane, depicting with earnestness and sympathy flawed personalities that don’t have a “good” life per say. Perhaps a meta biography of ...
Nov 29, 2020
I went to this manga thinking that was gonna be some depressing story about failure and nihilism, but i was greatly surprised!! We have this two elements in the story but they are not exaggerated or the center of the story.

The story focus on the main character's efforts to sustain his family and the people and situations that he gets envolved with, that is what make me like this manga so much,i cared about the character,and questioned some decisons that he takes. And of course, the art, that despite being distoant its incredible.

I wanted to see what the man without talent would ...

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