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Japanese: ソラニン
English: Solanin
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 28
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 30, 2005 to Apr 6, 2006
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Sunday (Weekly)
Authors: Asano, Inio (Story & Art)


Score: 8.221 (scored by 4797547,975 users)
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Ranked: #4212
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Popularity: #107
Members: 117,492
Favorites: 5,422


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Ever since graduating college, 23-year-old Meiko Inoue has believed in one thing: there is a demon lurking in Tokyo. This evil's presence has made her bored, aimless, and missing the excitement of her youth, leading her to contemplate what she truly seeks from life. Surprisingly enough, when Meiko proposes the idea of quitting her job to her boyfriend, Naruo Taneda, he groggily agrees.

Deeply inspired by his half-asleep words of encouragement, Meiko hastily leaves her old life behind, looking to begin anew, with Taneda soon following suit. Together, they look toward their dreams from their college days and decide to revive Rotti, Taneda's old band. As the two stand confidently alongside their old friends with instruments in hand, life throws the most unexpected curveball their way, leaving Meiko and her friends to pick up the pieces of what was shattered.

Solanin tells an intimate story about the trials and tribulations of love, loss, and grief centered around people in their twenties who often slip between the cracks of society.

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Solanin was nominated for the 2009 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material Japan. The series also received a live-action adaptation directed by Takahiro Miki which was released on April 3rd, 2010.

The manga was published in English by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint in an omnibus on October 21, 2008; in Brazilian Portuguese by L&PM Pocket from November 2011 to December 2011; and in Polish by Hanami since October 2009 to February 2010.

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Dec 3, 2008
Asano Inio's Solanin captures people in a pivotal moment in their lives. The early twenties. That awful precipitous moment of our lives when we are suddenly hit by pangs of self-doubt and uncertainty about our future, our path in life, all the more pangy because we've already been forced to study subjects we may or may not give a shit about and passed college and university and have been pushed into the wide world so there's no going back.

But there is going sideways. Speaking of sideways, Asano's stories feature elements that are so out of left-field it prevents his manga from falling ...
Apr 9, 2013
Mixed Feelings
Having read the 11 volumes of Oyasumi Punpun (by the same author), which I'd easily rate as a 9/10 or 10/10 personally, I decided to read this manga. Unfortunately I found myself disappointed.

Starting out, there wasn't really much in particular that hooked me into story, except for maybe the fact that the main character is somewhat cutely drawn. Regardless, having some awareness that something dramatic will occur later on during the story, I read on with an open mind. Ultimately though, I was disappointed by the twist.

Though the short two-volume format doesn't help matters, apart from the heroine, I feel that the characters were not ...
May 2, 2023
Solanin's a seinen coming of age story centered around a couple of now graduated band-mates that aimlessly wander their post-graduation phase in life. To some, this period of time may be difficult to adjust to. The leisurely life you had in college now compels you to work 9 to 5 in a job you don't care about at all, with a degree you just randomly chose after drifting along the first few years of college.

Solanin...captures this to an extent. While I empathize with Meiko and Taneda a little bit, to me, the story wasn't particularly engaging or compelling. The manga is largely slice of ...

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Manga 'Solanin' Gets Epilogue Chapter

Manga 'Solanin' Gets Epilogue Chapter

It has been revealed that an epilogue chapter will be included in the new physical release of Inio Asano's Solanin manga, which will be the series' first more

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