River's Edge
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River's Edge

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Japanese: リバーズ・エッジ
English: River's Edge
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 14
Status: Finished
Published: 1993
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: School School
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: None
Authors: Okazaki, Kyoko (Story & Art)


Score: 7.331 (scored by 19601,960 users)
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Ranked: #45492
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Popularity: #3192
Members: 6,486
Favorites: 147
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MangaOkazaki, Kyoko (Story & Art)
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Haruna Wakakusa and Yamada become friends after she saves him several times from her boyfriend's constant bullying. Through him she gets to know Kozue Yoshikawa, a fellow student who also models professionally. The three emotionally stunted teens' lives briefly yet intensely intertwine for one semester before splintering from the aftereffects of one disastrous night. For both Wakakusa and Yamada, their emotional awakening fosters an unlikely friendship between the two battered souls.

(Source: MU)


River's Edge was published in English by Kodansha USA under the Vertical Comics imprint on June 27, 2023.


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May 9, 2015
Okazaki: In Fragments

When Okazaki draws a face, whether she scales back on the lines to make it really comedyish or deformed, or when she draws it full to make it stylish/traumatic, she hits the emotions of the character's perfectly.

The thing about the Okazaki face is that it never screams over-romanticism. When Okazaki draws a face she doesn't layer the emotions with flair the same way just about every other anime drawer does (not saying that that's bad, just saying that she doesn't do it) but aims at showing human grief in all its trauma and sometimes ridiculousness.

Okazaki can also very easily switch from grief or ...
Mar 23, 2021
If you found an abandoned corpse, would you come stare at it whenever you needed to feel better about your life?

River’s Edge is the kind of manga I love to find. While Okazaki Kyoko is one of manga’s foremost and greatest josei authors, she’s tragically under-known in English-speaking communities. Her stories capture a kind of realism that’s both tragic and comedic. People suffer, are victims of their own self-imposed complexes and worries, self-destruct, and yet there’s always a sense of nihilistic levity. To worry too much about the horrors before them is to take life too seriously.

Even then, out of the stories of hers that ...
Mar 4, 2023
Mixed Feelings
When I first read this manga a few years ago, I thought it was terrible. I did not find any enjoyment in the themes explored, I struggled to relate to any of the characters, and overall I felt like the manga failed to make any kind of strong, powerful statement that would stick to me, seeing as this is the type of manga that appears to have something to say. However, now that I’m reading it again, I’m starting to see that maybe there is some merit to this manga after all.

Now before we delve into what made me reconsider my stance on ...

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