Super heartbreaking story about loss and change. The author's note in the back discusses more about his motives for writing the book, and his disdainSuper heartbreaking story about loss and change. The author's note in the back discusses more about his motives for writing the book, and his disdain for a world that casts aside those who aren't capable of adapting at the speed of light.
The art isn't the most amazing art I've ever seen, but it's expressive and moves the story along well.
Definitely a quick read, but one that will stick with you for a while. Recommended for teens who are contemplative, or those people who think graphic novels aren't "real literature"....more
I love manga and graphic novels. I really, really do. It's just that there's so many of them, in so many categories, that I sometimes get overwhelmedI love manga and graphic novels. I really, really do. It's just that there's so many of them, in so many categories, that I sometimes get overwhelmed when I attempt to pick out my next foray into the format. So, when I come across recommendations lists with annotations, I'm always glad that someone else has done some of the footwork for me. When I read about Saturn Apartments, I was super intrigued by the premise (humans have abandoned Earth to allow it to revert to a nature preserve, and now live in a giant, ring-shaped apartment complex high in the atmosphere – ring, Saturn Apartments, get it? Mitsu has just entered the workforce and becomes a window cleaner, which is a dangerous job to say the least). I promptly ILL’d the first book and when it showed up, devoured it.
The simply charming art style of this manga is what hooked me once I started reading. Hisae Iwaoka’s thin, almost delicate lines and highly geometric panels are a delight to read, and definitely fit with the slice-of-life nature of the comic. This slice-of-life manga doesn’t have the flashy fights or over-the-top comic moments of other styles of manga, but instead of feeling as if something is missing, it feels like a luxury to be able to peek in to these characters’ lives. Despite the fantastical setting, this manga highlights issues – such as fitting in, figuring out what to do with yourself when you finish school, and realizing that your parents have entire identities separate from their parenthood – that every adolescent and young person faces. Recommended for middle schoolers, teens, and adults, this graphic novel had definite re-readability and staying power. ...more
A fun skewering of manga and comic book conventions, but not a ton of depth here. Definitely recommended to manga fans, but others are safe passing onA fun skewering of manga and comic book conventions, but not a ton of depth here. Definitely recommended to manga fans, but others are safe passing on this one....more