Haruka na Machi e
A Distant Neighborhood
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Haruka na Machi e

Alternative Titles

English: A Distant Neighborhood
Synonyms: Harukana Machi-E
Japanese: 遥かな町へ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 16
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 10, 1998 to Nov 25, 1998
Genres: DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Taniguchi, Jiro (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic


Score: 8.041 (scored by 58015,801 users)
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Ranked: #6182
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Popularity: #875
Members: 14,196
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Fourty-eight-year-old salaryman Hiroshi Nakahara accidentally takes the wrong train to Tokyo after a business trip in Kyoto. He decides to accept his situation and sit back when he learns that the train is headed toward his hometown in Kurayoshi.

As he walks the streets of his childhood neighborhood, Hiroshi realizes how significantly the place has changed in the 20 years since his mother died. While visiting her grave in the Genzen Temple, he is transported back into the body of his 14-year-old self. Retaining the memories and wisdom of his middle-aged mind, he is now an eighth grader in junior high school.

Hiroshi's regained youth enables him to escape the reality of being an adult man with a wife and two daughters. Unaware how to return to his original time, he begins to relive his adolescence. During his time travel, Hiroshi attempts to uncover the reasons for his father's abandonment of the family in hopes of understanding him and his actions.

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Haruka na Machi e was published in English as A Distant Neighborhood by Ponent Mon/Fanfare in 2009, and again in a hardcover edition on September 15, 2016. It was also published in Spanish as Barrio lejano by Ponent Mon from May 2003 to to October 2003 (republished as a 2-in-1 omnibus in November 2009), and in Polish as Odległa dzielnica by Hanami in a one-volume edition in March 2010.

The series was adapted into a live-action French film which released in Europe in 2010.


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May 6, 2013
UberElitistClub (All reviews)
If you were given a second chance, if you could live your life over, how would you live it? What would you do differently? Could you (and should you) change the flow of events that had transpired?

Fiction has always been fond of time travel. There have been numerous, some more, some less successful, attempts at exploring this concept. It is a potent theme that has tickled the imagination of many and to which many writers turn to. One of those writers is the author of Harukana Machi-E.
One may rightfully ask whether Harukana Machi-E can make something noteworthy with a tried and tired concept like this. read more
May 17, 2009
Shuu-chan (All reviews)
This was a very interesting read. It was a story full of heart and heartbreak and realizing who you are.

The story is, in a nutshell, about time travel. I wasn't very attracted to the idea at first, but I'm glad that I chose to read this. The story is carried out in a very literaturical (I don't even think this is a word, but whatever) fashion with Hiroshi narrating through the whole thing. After reading the first few chapters you start seeing the beauty of the story.

The art was very different than what I am used to seeing, but very good. The character's emotions really read more
Apr 5, 2019
Fleure (All reviews)
Taniguchi often reads like some of the old impressionistic writers. Form, time, direction all seem to have their own shape; they breathe on their own accord. The world then is distilled down to sensory syllogisms, where truth and fiction really are just extensions of one another. Consequently, all that seems to matter is the continuity of perception and the exaltation of sense, transforming into ephemeral experiences embedded in some forgotten psychology. These are never presented as factual, but as fleeting moments offering glimpses into all that was lost. These stories are appendages of the self: ones that serve to internalize the world and externalize the read more
Sep 5, 2010
VeedonFleece (All reviews)
For most of the people on this site, there are probably things in life we all regret. Things we wish we could have done differently if given a second chance. Even as a much younger reader than what the manga was probably targeted at, I can sympathize with the idea of doing things I’ve done in the past differently. Harukana Machi-E (hereby referred to in its English title A Distant Neighborhood) is a story that addresses this deplorable feeling felt by many people around the world, taking an 48 year old man back into a pivotal moment of his youth.

The main character of the story read more

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