Once in a while while surfing through streams of manga, you will come across an underrated one and find yourself sitting on the fence between whether or not it is worth the time investment. Usemono Yado is one of those and bear with me as I convince the world to take the time and give this a read.
To give more context to the bare description that is given, Usemono Yado is a story about an inn where perplexed people from all walks of life arrive at to find/discover things--tangible and/or not--that were amiss in their lives. Plotless in the beginning, the manga follows various customers
which set the tone and background for the manga, unraveling the mystery of the inn, then spends the majority of the remaining chapters depicting the turmoils of workers at the inn and ultimately the landlady herself.
Each customer arrive at the inn at different stages of life. Some come and go, and others stay to forget. Given that the walk-in customers at the primary chapters have one chapter of screentime each, admittedly, their characters could have been flexed out better. But within the pool of short term characters, many will find their ways into your hearts and will writhe you of empathy with their tearjerkingly relatable feelings, emotions and trains of sorrowful actions.
What really gives the final kick would be the landlady's woeful tales that will appear much more shockingly than what the reader could have already anticipated. Although short in duration, there is no bigger character development than that of herself and those in her life, who will come to love, discard and forget, then in time in which you will find all too bittersweet yet understandable, come to reembrace, accept and grow.
The one truly regretful matter regarding this manga is the short life it had to explore their stories in even more depth. In all honesty, each could have been a standalone manga with rapport. If you have a quick hour to spare, spend it on learning the lessons to be taught in Usemono Yado.
Not only will you find good stories, you will also find wonderful life lessons to value.
This manga is one those diamonds that most never see. It's a deep story that tugs at the heart strings and makes you appreciate some things in your life.
The characters are very interesting though there is only development for the landlady and some for Matsuura. The other characters are explored well and we still feel for them. The author did a great job in making the characters realistic and flawed.
The art was really beautiful and gave a nostalgic feeling which was perfect for this manga. I loved the soft yet sharp art style.
Lots of people wanted it to be longer and I think the
manga could've been longer but it also left an impression being so short. I think by not explaining everything, it sort of shows how "nothing matters."
Overall a very good manga, one of my favorites now and be ready to cry a bit.
I believe that there are so many great works that I haven’t read yet. Fortunately, by chance, I had found out Usemo no Yado and I could read this amazing manga.
Usemo no Yado is a story about a inn where people can find lost things. The inn is managed by a mysterious Landlady who is a kind frigid with the guests but, in the end, always helps them. Moreover, what the guests tries to find is not just a lost “thing” but they try to find the deepest desire of their hearts.
Various characters visits the inn during the course of the manga, each
one with their desire and their personal story. Mostly are sad stories with a deep emotional content.
The art of Usemo no Yodo is really enchanting and beautiful which makes the reading even more enjoyable.
To me, this manga is a fabulous work of art and it deserves that more people can read it. In the final chapters I really shivered reading, this manga touched my core deeply. <3
There will always be a time that you'll feel intoxicated with generic plots and characters that leaves no significance at all. It's like the same old thing with different versions. Usemono Yado is one of the manga that reminded me why I started liking manga. I wasn't only fascinated by its unique plot but more so how the characters reflected the struggles of discontentment and missed chances. It displays a sensation of melancholy and nostalgia that leaves you more drawn to it.
The art style was beautiful and clear, the type which you can recommend to your non-manga-reader friends and they won't have a hard
time understanding it.
It is clearly one of the best short story out there and I really recommend you to check it out.