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Solanin (Solanin #1-2)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,563 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Meiko Inoue is a recent college grad working as an office lady in a job she hates. Her boyfriend Naruo is permanently crashing at her apartment because his job as a freelance illustrator doesn't pay enough for rent. And her parents in the country keep sending her boxes of veggies that just rot in her fridge. Straddling the line between her years as a student and the rest o...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by VIZ Media LLC (first published October 21st 2006)
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From the Afterword:

“Lovers, friends, money, jobs, a society with an unclear future, ones own pride….

Writhing in these multiple, entangling factors, perhaps they are unable to draw any conclusions. Perhaps this instance now is just a small part of their futile daily lives. The only thing that’s certain is that they can never return to the days gone by.”

Inio Asana draws an honest portrait of a group of friends caught between being children and grown-up. The story resonated with me, although I have...more
Harmony Cox
Yes, Solanin is a manga. It is a comic book, from Japan. There is no escaping that. If that fact is insurmountable to you, then you do not get to read Solanin. Your loss.

That caveat out of the way, Solanin is well-worth your attention. It's a well-written and beautifully illustrated graphic novel about a group of young adults who are struggling to negotiate their lives past college. The main character is a disaffected OL (think administrative assistant) who took a job with a large company immedi...more
Only two books have ever made me cry- actually, bawl, while reading them. The first was Kafka's The Metamorphosis. The second was Solanin. Not only are the pictures in this graphic novel so beautifully done, the story stays with the reader long after the last page has been turned. Every recent college grad or early 20-something should read this book.
It follows the lives of Meiko and her boyfriend Taneda as they drift through life and contemplate the years of uncertainty following graduation. Th...more
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Hung Truong
Grabbed from here.

I think Solanin (ソラニン?)sets really high expectations and ultimately fails to deliver on them. There are lots of characters, all with unique backstories, but the interesting ones (non main characters) get pushed aside for the main plotline which I found kinda dull.

Temporally, the manga is really confusing. Manga typically signify a flashback via black borders around the edges. I couldn't tell what was a dream, what was a flashback and what was happening in "real-time." I'm still...more
Summary: A group of early-20-somethings struggle with life in general in present-day Japan. Should dreams be sold out for a better apartment? How do you measure whether a relationship is "worth it"? What does it mean to be an adult? Meiko, her boyfriend Taneda, and the other members of the music club they belonged to in school all struggle with their own difficulties in this illumination of the growing pains we face when we try to grow up.

Characters: This book rides on characterization. The over...more
Solanin is by far one of the best reads I have personally ever had. It's a wonderfully crafted story with the most character, charm, and personality a graphic novel has had in quite some time. I felt all emotions while flipping through theses pages and no other story had produced so many tears for me. Although it's sort of a depressing story, the answer that Inio Asano gives us is perserverance and hope. Solanin is a must read.

The main character Meiko, is a relatable girl. She's been out of co...more
Aug 10, 2012 Caitlin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13-20
This was definitely an amazing read, the art was beautiful, and the story line, wow! It really is a slice of life, realistic, and sad, and beautiful, and hilarious, I loved it from the beginning to the very ending.
This manga felt actually like a novel it was so good, and it really sucked me in. With my dyslexia, it's much harder to read novels, so I tend to lean toward manga when I can, and this definitely made me extremely happy because it was so good.
It's so hard nowadays to find a manga that...more
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Review by Morgan Giles

Take your typical tedious office job, and add the unrelenting depression of being in your mid-twenties, with a large dash of the annoyance of having a freeloading boyfriend. Shake until it’s all too much to bear, and garnish with the dawning realization that the world doesn’t have to work out for you. Serve cold, early in the morning, while shoved up against a stranger’s armpit on overcrowded public transportation.

Inio Asano’s Solanin...more
Stephanie Trevino
One of my favorites. After reading a number of manga's with a happy, bouncy ending this one came as a well welcome shock. Half a world away, as it seems, the post and present college students rumble through life wondering where the hell it will take them. Drinking, partying and wondering too much, life happens and left wandering aimlessly in dust our main character deals.
The book follows each character and lets us into their lives and their worries spill out on the pages with a various urgency....more
Wow. 400 pages have never flown by this quickly--and that's not just because it's a graphic novel. I borrowed this book from a friend one afternoon, began reading at 10, took a brief six hour nap (give or take), and finished reading at 8 the next morning. I simply could not put this book down.

What floored me was the understated action that revealed characterization. Meiko struggles to find sense in her day to day life during a time after college but before she knows what to do. She works perfunc...more
Jun 18, 2010 Beck rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 20-somethings, new grads, RIF'd folk who are questioning how they fit in the real world
Recommended to Beck by: Snow Wildsmith
ARGH! ARGH! Hear my rage! (Goodreads just ate my darn review, and I actually wrote useful comments for a change.)

Let's try again.

Beautiful story. Very touching, a little heartbreaking at times. There's just something truthful in it.

It also was the perfect time in my life to read this story, as I can definitely relate to the emotional growing pains of figuring out what simultaneously fulfills you, pays the bills, and keeps you connected with those you love...and the difficulty, sometimes, in diff...more
David Schaafsma
This captures for the artist, then 24, that time of her life, and for others, the time between young adulthood and adulthood, where you feel like you may be selling out your dreams and very day pleasures for boring, regimented, uncreative adult life. This is a novel told from the perspective of a young girl, Meiko, 24 who has been in a relationship for 6 years with Naruo. She hates her office girl job, he works part time illustrating but wants to be in a band even if they aren't spectacular. The...more
Diana (Reflejos)
Esperaba que se tratase de un manga (o novela gráfica) muy especial, que me llenase de alguna manera. Pero se me ha quedado corto, la verdad. No digo que no sea una historia bonita (y a le vez deprimente), pero como que necesitaba algo más. Así que cuando lo acabé me quedé... "¿ya? ¿esto es todo?".
I was looking for a new manga to read but I couldn't find anything interesting. Of course there were great things but none of them was what I'm looking for. I wanted something deep with a realistic art style. Where to find that ? I had no idea. I forgot about the matter for sometime then one day my brother was talking to me about an article he read. It was about something called dangerous writing. They were giving some examples like the movie fight club and a manga called Nijigahara Holograph. O...more
Really good post-university existentialism that leaves you feeling good despite angst and a somewhat open ending. I think almost every member of my age group has lived this graphic novel. The story is simple, the art gorgeous. At times it felt like a prettier, less gritty take on Ghost World.

To make us all feel worse about our young unaccomplished lives, Inio Asano wrote and drew this at 24.
La ciudad, el mar y el cielo. El trabajo, la escuela y la música. La familia, la pareja y los amigos. Inio Asano hace un manga sobre una pareja joven y una banda de rock y termina contando la historia de todos y la incertidumbre que se cierne sobre todos.

Ahí hay un dos en un bote en un día soleado; lo que se están diciendo es de lo que menos nos gusta escuchar. Ahí hay una banda terminando una canción en el escenario, tienen los puños en alto; lo que ha costado estar ahí no se le desea a nadie....more
This story had a surprising amount of heart! It went places that I didn't expect it to, but it was beautifully written and illustrated that I found myself to be deeply affected by the story.

Solanin has a premise that is simple upon first glance: girl straight out of college struggles to understand her place in the world. However, it went further than that, and I really appreciated it. I love the fact that more and more stories are shining the spotlight on protagonists who aren't teenagers. Don't...more
Kate Alleman
This story revolves around Meiko and Naruo's relationship as they adapt to adulthood. They both are struggling to find contentment in their lives. Meiko quits her job and Naruo brings his band back together, but it isn't that easy. The band isn't getting much attention and Naruo runs away. Right after he phones Meiko, promising that things are going to get better and they will be different, he gets into an accident and dies. The story ends with Meiko mourning and honoring Naruo by learning how t...more
If there was any justice in the world this book would become a cult classic amongst the late-20's set. The world isn't fair, though, and Solanin is a story about just how fucking unfair it is, so all is well.
If you wanted to know about Japan living style, I suggested you to read this book and get an idea about Japan living style.
man, yr twenties, with the exception of being young, kinda suck.

thank god for fucking guitars.
I bought this book on a whim, based on the art style and the synopsis on the back. When I started reading it, I realized that it wasn't exactly what I'd been expecting. In some ways it was better, in others not so much. It's a nice story, one where most young people could most likely relate to at least one of the characters. As the author says himself, it's a story about normal average people, kind of just trying to make their way in life. It feels more as a diary than an actual story, and it's...more
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Michael Scott
I picked up [boook:Solanin] after several recommendations. I was looking for a manga with excellent graphical quality, and was not disappointed. I also liked the characters and the story, although not as much as the graphics. Overall, thumbs up and definitely recommended for a day of reflection.

Graphics-wise, the book is accomplished. Inio Asano is a gifted mangaka who can deliver not only beautifully rendered characters (realistic style), but also detailed and heart-warming environments. Maiko...more
Sep 16, 2010 Bonnie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who don't know what to do with their lives
I kind of didn't know what to think of Solanin when I started reading it. I had seen the great reviews and that it was highly recommended, but I kept putting off reading it. When I did start, it was hard to connect with the characters. It seemed odd, because here are people asking the same questions I've asked myself so many times, and even still ask myself. Or I think about these questions for the people in my life - are they happy? Is this what life is about? Will I be doing this job for the r...more
Ah to be young! I can't really say that, since I'm rather young myself, but when I read Solanin, I'm filled with hope. The characters are trying to find their place in the world and establish themselves in the adult world. It's harder than it looks, and maybe, they're "just not cut out to be part of the real world."

Asano's art is really great. I feel refreshed when I look at the artwork. It's unique,simple, and cute, but not so cute that you want to kill all the sparkles surrounding the characte...more
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Japanese: 浅野 いにお

Inio Asano (浅野 いにお Asano Inio, born September 22, 1980 in Ishioka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga author. Asano created the acclaimed manga Solanin which was released as a feature film in Japan in April 2010, starring Aoi Miyazaki. He is known for his character driven, realist stories that range from slice of life stories to psychological horror. In 2001 he won the...more
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