Oct 5, 2020
A woman with a dead yet captivating look on the cover of this manga, along with the subtitle - The Story of a Novelist - caught my interest from the very beginning, so yesterday I decided to give Utsubora a try.
With a daring and confusing introduction, Utsubora starts a story full of lies and deception, attraction and sensuality, mystery and confusion that camouflages all its truths and answers to any question you may have. A narrative that challenges the reader to differentiate between the lie and the truth, an intelligent book that deals maturely with many topics that are not seen so much in the
manga. Asumiko Nakamura is known for her somewhat dark and cold approach to human nature to bring out all the passion we can find within ourselves. If we add to this a well-executed mystery, we are left with this marvel of manga and story.
Utsubora tells us the story of a creator, an author who loses his passion for what gives life to a writer, his writing, and falls into plagiarism, and all that this entails. The distortion of reality that occurs in the manga reminds me slightly of Perfect Blue, and how the pressure can deteriorate our vision of what is true.
Artistically, the manga is very beautiful, both for the designs of its characters and for the line and cleanliness of all its pages. It is important to emphasize the importance and detail in the characters' faces, especially in the eyes, which are kept beautiful all the time, and how erotic and sensual the drawing can be sometimes. Besides, the paneling helps a lot to reinforce the core message of some scenes and to give greater fluidity to the most revealing and enigmatic dialogues.
In general, very surprised with this manga, I liked it much more than I expected and I would be happy if you gave it a chance. Rarely have I found such mature, enigmatic, mysterious and poetic story in only 2 volumes of manga.
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