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Barrio lejano - Tomo 1

(A Distant Neighborhood / 遥かな町へ #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,325 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Estoy soñando... ¿o qué?
¿Quién no ha soñado con regresar a la infancia? Es lo que le pasa a este hombre maduro que, a la vuelta de un viaje de negocios, da un rodeo involuntario por su ciudad natal. Al recogerse ante la tumba de su madre, se ve proyectado al pasado, donde vuelve a vivir una etapa de su infancia, sin por ello perder su manera de ser ni su experiencia de adu
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 2003 by Ponent Mon (first published 1998)
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Irena BookDustMagic
It seems to me graphic novels became quite popular in the last few months. Or maybe they always were, maybe it's just me who noticed it only recently.
However, taking that as my encouragement I went to my local library with an aim to find myself some graphic novel to read.
Of all those that were there (and for your information there were not much of them) this one looked interesting to me.

Here, in Croatia, we have a bind up of all 2 volumes in one book so you get complete novel in one edition. I r
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One day in 1998, the Japanese businessman Hiroshi Nakahara gets on the wrong train, and ends up in his hometown, which he hasn't visited in a long time. After a fainting spell, he wakes up in his own past - he is 14 years old again, but with the memories and life experience of a 48 year old. He has travelled 34 years back in time, to 1963.

When he finds his way back to his childhood home, the family is gathered for dinner, waiting for him. His mother and grandmother is still alive, and he gets t
Skye Kilaen
Seriously good time-travel-y science fiction graphic novel! Nakahara Hiroshi, in his 40s, wakes up to find himself on the wrong train. Instead of heading home to his wife and daughters, he's on his way to the neighborhood where he grew up, and where his mother is buried. Something happens in the cemetery as he's visiting her grave. When he regains consciousness, he's in the past, in his 14 year old body, but with all of his adult memories intact.

He has no idea how it happened or how to return t
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
This was really, really good, but volume 1 ends abruptly and my library doesn't have volume 2.
Dave Schaafsma
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Like Peggy Sue Got Married and Back to the Future, as another reviewer pointed out, and others, time travel in order to understand the past as a way of shaping the present and future. Beautifully drawn manga, thoughtful and moving. The art and the basic story concept make this impressive.
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-and-comics
I am in love with this book!

Its an ongoing story by Jiro Taniguchi, a well-respected manga creator with a long career behind him. Personally the only other book by the author that I have read was The Walking Man, which I enjoyed for its sense of quiet contemplation and fantastically detailed artwork, but this is a leap beyond that.

The story is about a man in his late 40s who gets on the wrong train after a night out drinking with work collegues - instead of going home to his wife and family he f
Apr 10, 2012 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I loved this so much I read it 2 more times after I finished it. The story's been done before: time travel offering a way for a man to relive his youth. But there's something so agonizing in Taniguchi's approach. The lush backgrounds seem to overwhelm the characters, like they are ultimately overwhelmed (for better or worse) by the circumstances of their lives. (My favorite particularly heartbreaking part of the book is when the now-14-year-old protagonist watches his elementary-school-aged sist ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great concept (of reliving one's childhood) and great execution in the storytelling. Good characters and story development. Nostalgic and self inducing to imagine how I might perhaps live my life again as a teenager with my adult insights. I was really impressed with the ending and the cleverness of it. ...more
Ruth Evelyn
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A poignant voyage from the pen of an award-winning mangaka, Taniguchi Jiro.
A Distant Neighborhood soundly echoing our past, heartbreaks and the things we wish we could have done differently if given a second chance.

The characters are realistic, sympathetic, and well developed.

The Curious Wanderer
So since college is still sucking the life out of me with assignments and exams to do, I managed to finish this gem! Honestly, this is a pretty decent read man, this is the type of proper Old skool Isekai people should definitely try to check out!
Michael Scott
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Pursuing my goal of reading a bit of every type of manga.) A Distant Neighborhood (Haruka na Machi e) is a manga about the tragedies that hit Japanese families in the aftermath of the war---here, the tragedy of loss due to war, of destiny interrupted by obligations to the family, and of scarcity that prevents any other course of life than work. The character remembers after-war life through an innovative construct, which involves time traveling. (Type of manga: slice-of-life, family life, comin ...more
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I saw a review of this book in the Comics Journal. I didn't remember any of the review, but when I saw this in the library and opened it up, I remembered one part. The illustrations by Jiro Taniguchi have very lush and detailed backgrounds.

As I read through the book, I was amazed by the backgrounds and how full and realistic they were. The illustrations of characters were also very wonderful.

The story premise is a well worn one, a 48 year old man is suddenly catapulted back in time to when he
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[This review for both volumes]
A gripping and haunting tale about a middle-aged man coming to terms with his childhood and with his relationship to his family (past and present).

The mechanism of the story is rather classical and will remind one of Back to the Future or Coppola's film Peggy Sue Got Married (there may even be a reference to the latter in the book dedication in the end), but Jiro gives a fresh take on the genre by focusing on the possibility of personal change.

The character's hope t
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this, but it's only volume 1 of 2, and so it feels premature to judge it. I liked the more narrative drive to this story, over Taniguchi's other work like The Walking Man (which was great - perhaps better in many ways - but you have to be in the mood for that, whereas this is easier to get into).

The story is about a 48-year old career man who finds himself back at school as a 14-year old. He revels in his new-found youth, in a way that frankly disturbs his classmates. Of course,
This is a review for both volumes.

A beautiful, moving seinen. A 40 and something year old man travels in time and relives his days as a young boy. I was moved by the first time he sees his mother again -who is dead in the present day-, I wanted to relive my student years too when Hiroshi gets all answers correctly; it was sad that he knew what was going to happen to all his friends (some die, some have successful lives). I wasn't too convinced with the art at the beginning, but then I appreciate
Philippe Malzieu
It is this book which raised the manga with the row of literature. The drawing is purified. No so enormous mouth, not distorsion of the characters. The rhythm is slow. The subject is very Anglo-Saxon. It is the "Peggy Sue" of Coppola. Can we return to adolescence. Would our life have been upset if we had made different choice. The hero is rather poor. One day, drunk, he is mistaken in train. He arrived in his native village. He decided to go to see his mother's tomb. And there is a return to pas ...more
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As other reviewers elsewhere () have noted, A Distant Neighborhood treads familiar territory--a man who goes back in time (in this case, reinhabiting his 14-year-old body and life) changes his past experience due to his future self's knowledge. What makes Taniguchi's version of this unique and interesting is Taniguchi's attention to detail: instead of forcing his protagonist to tread cliched ground by winning money and predicting future events, he focuses on small, wonderful moments, such as the ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(I read it as Quartier Lointain -- in French) It's the first Taniguchi work I've read and definitely incites me to read more (whether book two or more Taniguchi). No doubt his art is impressive, but the storyline is impressively historical and cultural, going back nearly 30 years to the past of the main character's life.
Time travel is a popular theme in art; similarly to Back to the future, Hiroshi quite magically goes back in time to the year his father disappears, tries to convince people (fa
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually like manga too much, but this one really surprised me. The story about a 40 something year old transported to the body of his 8 year old younger self turned out to be very interesting. He knew what he had learned in life, but somehow traveled to a time in his life very difficult for him. In particular, a time when he knew his father would be leaving his family forever. It ended very abruptly and finishes in volume 2. I reall loved this art, so much I have actively searched out ot ...more
This is a fantastic set up, but only the conclusion will truly show if the storyline is worth it. Right now I mark it a well made and fascinating manga story, particularly good for manga newbies because it was written in LtoR style and without the spazzy chibi cute stylistic markers of the genre. Hiroshi is a fascinating main character, whether is is wasting his time getting drunk to forget his troubles or finding himself experiencing first love for the second time. A great beginning that leaves ...more
Romney Wordsworth
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Reads like a Twilight Zone episode. A 48 yr old man boards the wrong train after a business meeting that takes him back to his old neighborhood. While there he visits his mother's grave and is thwarted back to the age of 14 and his 8th grade year. A tumultuous time in his life. What will happen if he changes things will his future self be also changed will his mother still die, his future wife still be his wife? What about his children? Interesting and different. Looking forward to volume 2. ...more
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on a fairly mundane premise--that a middle-aged man travels back in time to relive his teenaged years--this volume of manga nonetheless caught my attention and held it right up to the end. The illustration was clean and precise, but still conveyed emotion, and the writing was well-translated and helpfully footnoted. The story wasn't perfect, but it seemed deeply felt. This volume was a nice way to spend part of an afternoon. ...more
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, manga
The artwork in this manga is outstanding. It really helps to tell a really good story. Imagine if you could back in time to 14 year old you. You're transported into your old body and you're living your old life. That's what has happened to the main character in A Distant Neighborhood. He explores different avenues and what ifs. I am really enjoying this two volume series. It is a tight story that is captivating and thought provoking.
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this and volume two. I quite liked it although it was a little slow in the beginning. And a bit too fast at the end. I would have wanted a bit more of an epilogue to see if time had changed at all other than catching that glimpse of his father. Because it seems that since he spent so much time worrying about whether his decisions changed the future... meh, didn't seem enough like it was cut off and they didn't put the rest of the pages in. But I did enjoy this series! ...more
Jared Lancaster
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Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read a lot of Manga--not really my thing, but this was beautifully illustrated and a quick, easy read. Loved that the characters were not exaggerated or distorted as they often are in the genre. Taniguichi is apparently a legend in Japan and it's easy to see why. Definitely will look for volume 2. ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the body of his fourteen-year-old self, the protagonist seeks to prevent his father from leaving his family. In the process he find out more about his father, his family and their history. It is moving, it is touching. Perhaps I say that because it has a particular resonance for me. It is also beautifully depicted. I'm delighted to have a copy on my bookshelf. ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nobody truly becomes adult... The child we have been is always there, deep inside us. He's the same as this sky... As time passes, we think we're growing...But maturity is only an illusion, a hindrance to our free child souls. While living as a 14 year-old teenager once more, I felt like I was discovering what I had escaped me till now." ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it a lot. Maybe because sometimes I wish I could come back with my present self back and maybe because it gets really interesting to reveal his story page by page.
I was totally taken away by it!
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating to read the story of a 48-year old traveling back in time into his 14 year old a 48-year old, myself. I like the art a lot and enjoy time travel tales. Now, to wait for volume two to get routed to my local library!
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Name (in native language): 谷口 ジロー
Zodiac: Leo

He began to work as assistant of the late mangaka Kyota Ishikawa.
He made his manga debut in 1970 with Kareta Heya (A Desiccated Summer), published in the magazine Young Comic.
From 1976 to 1979, he created several hard-boiled comics with the scenarist Natsuo Sekigawa, such as City Without Defense, The Wind of the West is White and Lindo 3.
From 1984 to 19

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