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Solanin (Solanin #1-2)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  1,866 ratings  ·  165 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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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
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Katie
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
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Ali
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
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Chrissy
I thoroughly enjoyed this manga. Though it presents itself as an increasingly played-out story-- new college graduates lost and disillusioned by the realities of adulthood,-- it sets itself apart with spectacularly rendered characters. I was moved to laughter and tears by how real the characterizations felt on the page, how it felt like I understood something deep about their persons without them needing to tell me outright. Their non-verbal expressions relayed an impressive depth and personalit ...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
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Jacki
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
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Caitlin
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
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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
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Ahmed  Saad
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 it for sometime then one day my brother was talking to me about an article he read. It was about something called dangerous writing. for example the movie fight club and a manga called Nijigahara Holograph. Out of curiosity I searched for t ...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.
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Cricket
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
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Beck
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
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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?".
lazycalm
TBH, I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. I really wanted to love this manga because I liked the premise and I always had a soft spot for slice-of-life lit. But, is it just me or the narration seems a bit redundant? And I found myself cringing in the scene where Meiko met a glasses boy xD.


Btw, when Meiko watched Taneda walked away, this song came to mind...

:(( :(( :((

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(Shine by Slowdive)
Jocilyn
About as complex as a slice of life manga about a band can get. As a protagonist, Taneda really has a lot of charisma and passion, but after he just wasn't cut out to grow old and mediocre. His happy go lucky girlfriend Meiko quits her day job and tries to find herself. Sadly, she doesn't succeed until after her boyfriend's suicide. I'm not sure if Meiko is ever really the protagonist, but she has the ability to pick herself up and try again. The other band members are exactly what you'd expect ...more
Nere
Lo mejor que he leído de Asano, sin duda.
Cinco personajes jóvenes: dos chicas y tres chicos. Dos parejas más uno. Se conocen desde la universidad. ¿Quién, desde un primer momento, ha sabido lo que quería hacer en su vida? Ninguno está realmente feliz, pero se conforman con lo que tienen. Un buen día una de ellas decide dar un cambio radical con su trabajo antes de desesperarse o que el tiempo transcurra demasiado.
Meiko solo es la primera ficha de dominó que provocará que la hilera de amigos inte
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Sarah
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah added it
Shelves: graphic-novels, manga
I really liked this book. The art was lovely and I managed to both relate to the story and be annoyed by it. Which I suppose is kinda the point. Sometimes you want to encourage these characters to follow their dreams and sometimes you just want to kick them so they stop whining. But this story of disaffected youth with certainly ring somewhat true to any 20something unsure of life's meaning.
Becky
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.
Siim Koger
Not everything goes as planned..
Absolutely an AMAZIIING manga! Best slice of life story ever made... no manga, book, anime, tv series, movie or a live play comes close to it. It definitely wouldn't affect children or older folk emotionally as much as young adults (17-30) but when in those ages, you'll find the most relatable characters of any source of entertainment. It was kinda a life changing experience reading it, so if you haven't read it yet, go and do so, 'cause you're really missing out.
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Nicolás
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.
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Christian
This is a story of a young woman, Meiko Inoue, her boyfriend, Naruo, and their circle of friends as they struggle to make their way in the world after college, reconciling the nebulous dreams of happiness and success with the reality and constraints of the adult world. Stuck in dull poorly paid jobs and uncertain of their futures, Meiko, Naruo and his man-child band mates struggle to figure out what they want and how to get it. After tragedy strikes one of their group, the band must find a way t ...more
Adriana
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
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Jessica
It's hard to say what made this special for me. It was a true-life manga, and it had some major surprises. For the most part, I enjoyed the art and the storytelling. I am really happy I picked this up on a whim at the Borders liquidation, but I can't say much about it without spoiling the surprises.
Rethis
Idea, personajes y dibujo me gustan mucho. La historia a rasgos generales también, pero cómo está contada y la forma que toman al final los conceptos ya no tanto. Pero creo que merece la pena darle una oportunidad.
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
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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
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