Sekishoku Elegy
Red Colored Elegy
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Sekishoku Elegy

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Synonyms: Akairo Elegy
Japanese: 赤色エレジー
English: Red Colored Elegy
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 13
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 22, 1969 to Nov 24, 1970
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Garo
Authors: Hayashi, Seiichi (Story & Art)


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Seiichi Hayashi produced Sekishoku Elegy between 1969 and 1970, in the aftermath of a politically turbulent and culturally vibrant decade that promised but failed to deliver new possibilities. With a combination of sparse line work and visual codes borrowed from animation and film, the quiet melancholy lives of a young couple struggling to make ends meet are beautifully captured in this poetic masterpiece.

Uninvolved with the political movements of the time, Ichirou and Sachiko hope for something better, but they're no revolutionaries; their spare time is spent drinking, smoking, daydreaming, and sleeping—together and at times with others. While Ichirou attempts to make a living from his comics, Sachiko's parents are eager to arrange a marriage for her, but Ichirou doesn't seem interested. Both in their relationship and at work, Ichirou and Sachiko are unable to say the things they need to say, and like any couple, at times say things to each other that they do not mean, ultimately communicating as much with their body language and what remains unsaid as with words.

(Source: Drawn and Quaterly)


Sekishoku Elegy was published in English as Red Colored Elegy by Drawn and Quarterly on July 22, 2008.

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Nov 6, 2020
Red Colored Elegy is surprisingly thoughtful, engaging and a hell of a lot of fun. Going in I knew very little about the book but it doesn't take long to appreciate Hayashi's paneling and stylized art and his simple yet poignant messages. Given the context of the creation of this manga along with the passing of 50 years since its publication it is nothing short of fantastic. The intricate detail of certain scenes juxtaposed with characters pushing to the edge of the iconic combined with an array of interesting panel transitions makes the dated and amateurish art so awesome. I can understand others disliking the ...
Aug 18, 2021
Red Colored Elegy is a manga of its own. It tells a simple love story with little text and art sometimes bordering the abstract. Compared to most manga it seeks less to entertain and instead often gives reason to pause and ponder. Although it has its quirky moments this work is best engaged in the way one would engage a painting. The artstyle contrasts itself in a way that amplifies the expressiveness of emotion. While usually bland the art becomes detailed and stylized where it matters. Backgrounds are used as a tool to convey emotion and meaning.
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