This manga was created from multiple artists and authors. Out of all of the five chapters I have read I have only found 3 to be extremely pleasant and satisfying. I won't tell which, but they are psychological and beautifully created.
IF you love to read short pieces of manga that reflect on emotions or on self-satisfaction.
Other than the 3, the other pieces are average or mediocre and a waste of time to read. I would've given this a 10 if the other two stories weren't there, but we can't.
This manga has intelligence, humour, and beauty!
Since most reviews here seems to address only the first chapter which gives the short stories collection its name, I guess I will write a little spoiler free review and summary of each of said stories for those curious about it. Although they share the same themes, each one is completely unique and acts on its own, but just the first three seems to share the same setting. In advance, the second and third chapter alone make this whole manga a very worth read.
Also, it has two pages scifi shorties between each major chapter, which I won't cover but were all fun in their own
Hotel: Since 2079:
I must admit, the first time I got this manga I kinda left it at the back of my mind at the end of this first chapter. Not because it was bad, but because I don't really cherish end of the world narratives that much, and I thought the other chapters would just be a continuation to that narrative (which aren't). So knowing this, if you're not like me, what awaits you is a very interesting and unique concept of apocalyptic event: faced with impending doom by the consequences of its unsustainable lifestyle, humanity erects a building to act like a "backup" of earth's legacy for a future when life can be again sustainable. We follow the endeavors of an artificial intelligence to protect the building over the milennia of its life.
I picked up the manga again recently just because, after scavenging it from the back of my mind. I just didn't want to leave things unfinished I guess, since this is just one volume. What awaited me, though, was a fantastic story which, although a rather recognizable one, managed the feat of still delivering a terrific and refreshing story, which demands a reread to catch all the small details. Boichi art can sometimes be very weird, but it totally excells in delivering extreme emotions, which this story has a lot.
Subete wa Maguro no Tame datta (It Was All for the Tuna):
This, for me, was basically where the collection turned from a interesting read to a heartfelt experience. I've read someone, I don't remember if on one of the reviews or on the forums, saying that this was one of the best sequences he ever witnessed in comic form. I don't know if I agree with him yet, but by the end of it, all I could think is that I had just experienced what I could just describe as a piece of visual poetry. Although I can't quite grasp if this was an ode or an satire (especially because of some silly parts) to human devotion over their own ideals, dreams and purposes, it delivers whatever it attempted to do flawlessly through our main character and its obssession with tuna. Boichi art just manages to perfectly capture the most diverse human emotions.
After the last story, I wasn't expecting to be as amazed as I already was, so I lowered my expectations. Even so, this was an interesting read, the most weird work of the collection and certainly the most allegorical. A high school girl gets pregnant from her married doctor, which proposes an abortion due to the impending consequences. What follows is an interesting conflict which leaves you confused for most of the story until its closing, which I will leave it for curiosity.
Well...to be honest, I don't quite know what to make of this one. It is the only chapter to follow a medieval fantasy like setting instead of the modern take of the others, and although it has similar themes and, like Stephanos, being pretty allegorical, it felt more like an out of place teaser for another work of the mangaka, and for me it didn't add much for the overall work. A daughter carries out her father's wish to overthrow a ruthless empire, or so I gathered.
Just some thoughts on technical aspects:
As I said above, Boichi's art is sometimes weird and seems off, but its high points are very solid, and it has a pretty distinctive and impacting way of delivering human emotion. The narrative is very good, I would say almost flawless; nothing seems unnecessary, everything seems to be just on their right place. Character-wise it is interesting enough as well, the third story being the most impressive of the bunch.
I hope I managed to convince whoever ends up reading it of this manga's worth. It truly is a gem.
One word: fantastic
It shows exactly what humankind is doing with the world: destroying it. Maybe our generation won´t see it, but this day will certainly come if we keep this behavior. The story is about this days, when the destruction or Earth is inevitable some people departs to another planet and, at the same time, builds a "hotel", a tower controled by a super-computer with DNA from all beings , except the man. Its mission is wait to Earth becames liveable again to restore all the plants and animals, the manga shows the records of this computer through the years.
The story is told in
a very "realistic" way, beautiful art, hopefully it will make us think about what we are doing to our own house.
This is a scintillating tale that will put more emphasis on the time that we share with our loved ones. A Present once opened, the inclement struggle of life shall pass.
Story-There's nothing especially grandeur or ground breaking about this story. A student falls madly in love with her teacher, their is a reluctance in dating his pupil.Fast foward to Hanako being in chronic coma liked state due to an incurable disease , takao sucumbs to these difficulties as times. These stories at times try to be sensationalistic and unrealistic in trying to enthrall the reader but the story tries to be
computational to real life. The propriety elicited from this manga showcases the strength of the human heart and mind that combats the turbulent events that can happen in life.
This story entails the struggles that one must go through when witnessing their loved ones suffer. This story also displays how tradegy is an ordinary and common outcome in life which Takaos father is able to empathize with his son. A coalescing of emotions become resurgent within his father remembering the life that his wife took from him will waiting at her bed side. Contrarian to that he also felt helpless watching her suffer and the continuity of her suffering with no consolation.
Due to the recuperative powers of some of the treatments her consciousness is restored but her personality is still dormant. Hanako will never be the same as her lack of what makes her uniquely herself which makes Takao feel that the world is filled with perfidy. Hanako senses Takao's innerdisorder residing inside of him, even though she can't express herself freely she still has some remote cognition.She gave him the present that Takao's father's wife failed to endow and that was the present of severring their bond. The gails and naked winds of suffering finally ended with a Present, as a gesture from a loved one telling him in a way to move on.
Art-As a relatively new manga,the colouring and usage of variations fit well with the mood of the story.Everything congealed well together, with the art being continuous in its consistency.
Character-Some might say that you need an archive or volumes of pages in order to sequester development. In this particular case that would be wrong with Hanako seeming to be a regular day girl at first and then becoming a resolute woman through sufferance. Takao fit the bill of being a concerned and trepidious spouse for his wife and the enduring pain in which he rationalized to keep on going. Their was an innumerable amounts of conflict that prompted development,which would otherwise be maladjusted and weak characters because of the length of the story. Takao's father also remonstrated within himself through the same conflicts, as readers we got a taste of how different people deal with the similar circumstances.
Enjoyment-Heavily enjoyed but saddened when reading a piece that is based upon such a sacred and personal subject.
Overall- If your a fervent supporter of a tear jerker type then I recommend this. However if your conducive to being too emotional then you might be turned off. If you believe in integrity or in the dutiful power that it takes in order to steer the ship out of the storm, I imagine this as your type of manga.