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Downfall, Reiraku, 零落 #1

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  42 reviews
This story shows the drifting soul of a lone manga artist whose heart has been used up.
Paperback, 170 pages
Published March 10th 2017 by Big Comic Superior
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    Repellent Boy
    2,5. Puede que Inio Asano sea el mangaka con el dibujo más espectacular que he visto hasta el momento. Las ilustraciones están cuidadas de una manera espectacular. Cada detalle está tratado con mimo. Es una pena que la historia no me haya terminado de llegar.

    Fukasawa es un mangaka, que tras un manga exitoso, no encuentra la inspiración, ni la motivación para sumergirse en su siguiente creación. Esto se sumará a la mala situación que vive con su matrimonio, lo que le llevará a una depresión y
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    Jon Ureña
    Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: fiction, manga
    Three and a half stars.

    After Asano's "Oyasumi Punpun" tore my heart out, injected it with poison, and then shoved the organ back into the wreckage of my torso, I promised myself that I would take a break from fictional stories. But I broke my promise immediately, because that's the kind of man I am, and started reading the new manga from this author that I bought.

    It's his latest, or second to last. All I knew coming in, that I had read on social media, was that the work was autobiographic to a
    ...more
    Alex Pler
    Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "No sé qué tendría de malo intentar vivir cada uno de la forma que le apetezca. Yo estoy en una especie de cárcel. En principio todos somos libres, pero acabamos atándonos a nosotros mismos. Pero, al estar atada, yo soy yo. Y tú eres tú, ¿no crees?"

    Otra obra maestra del mejor mangaka contemporáneo. En esta ocasión, explorando la integridad artística y personal en un mundo que nos pide todo lo contrario.
    Carlos Eguren
    May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    “Mientras sigas dibujando manga, mientras no desistas de tu sueño de ser mangaka, seguirás hiriendo a la gente. Estarás solo hasta que mueras…”.

    ¿Qué significa estar solo? ¿Es una maldición de la que podemos escapar alguna vez o, simplemente, nos mentimos creyendo que estamos unidos a alguien? ¿Puede el arte ser la desolación para su creador? ¿O lo es el pasado, las historias que creemos acabadas, pero que nunca llegaron a cerrarse?
    Tengo la habilidad de leer cada cierto tiempo obras que me hunden
    ...more
    Mathilde
    Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: bd-manga
    Une très belle (autre) recommandation de Sita !
    Les planches sont superbes, c'est un plaisir de les découvrir au fil de notre lecture. Le réalisme est saisissant, j'y ai retrouvé les rues du Tokyo que j'avais pu moi-même visiter. La mélancolie est omniprésente autant dans le trait que dans l'histoire.
    Le scénario est un peu plus difficile à aborder, je pense qu'on aime ou on n'aime pas du tout. J'ai apprécié la profondeur du thème adoré même si le personnage principal est particulièrement
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    Rebecca
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: manga
    I need to think a bit more on this, but it feels like one of Asano's more, if not precisely personal, than at least expose-flavored pieces about not only the manga industry, but also how other people's views of you can influence how you see and present yourself.


    Full review eventually appearing on ANN.
    Candice
    Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: books-i-own, 2019, manga
    Wow ok, I didn't expect it to be _this_ dark and depressing.
    Lewerentz
    2.5, voire 3 ...more
    Alyssa
    I have very mixed feelings about this manga.

    It was released this past week here, at the same time as a new omnibus edition of Solanin from the same author. It's an author my favorite booksellers have been telling me about lately, recommending some of his other series to me, and it caught my attention. I was initially more interested in Solanin, but my booksellers had a very exclusive, very limited, very pretty, ex-libris for this one, I ended up getting this one instead. (I'll try to find a
    ...more
    Lou (Lou and Life)
    Advanced reader copy provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Trigger warning for this manga: sexual assault

    I went into this manga not really knowing anything about it other then the fact that it was about a manga artist finding his way through life after his best selling manga series finishes. The manga is quite a dark one, especially in the beginning. I was reading it and I could feel the sadness and depression coming through the book to me. It's not always like
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    Julien
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this, but it ended up being a very good, if difficult read. The main character is a person who is stuck in a depression of his own making. He feels the hollowness of a life spent in pursuit of something he no longer feels was worth the effort and he slowly comes to the realization over time that maybe he wasn't as worthy a person as he wanted to believe either. I'll be frank, he's not only unlikable, but he does awful things and abuses the people ...more
    Sebastien
    May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: manga
    Si vous suivez mes critiques depuis au moins 2 ans, vous allez savoir que Inio Asano est un de mes auteur préféré . Il fait parti de ma trilogy d’auteur que je ramassa absolument tout parmi ce trio se trouve aussi Naoki Urasawa et Tsutsui Tetsuya. Ces maître du Seinen me font réfléchir, me font vivre des émotions et surtout me donnent couramment des coup de poing au visage. Donc quand j’ai appris que Inio Asano sortait un nouveau One-Shot, je l’ai immédiatement réservé en boutique et dès qu’on m ...more
    Jinghay (TheSecretNoceur)
    [ I was sent an arc on Netgalley in return for an honest review. ]

    I found 'Downfall' to be a particularly difficult read. The main character was unlikeable and often hard to understand- and I didn't agree with a lot of his actions.

    However, the manga gave a deep insight into the manga writing industry, and the troubles potentially faced by artists. It was that aspect that I found to be rather interesting and important, and I would have liked for it to have been the main focus of the story.

    Rating:
    ...more
    Ignacio Pérez Cerón
    Asano nunca decepciona. La historia es menos complicada que otros mangas suyos, pero no por ello es más plana, todo lo contrario. Creo que como escritor necesitaba leer este manga, y cualquier persona que también lo sea o trabaje alrededor del sector editorial debería hacerlo también. Es igualmente un buen punto de partida si no has leído nada del autor.
    Adriano Barone
    Col consueto nichilismo, Asano esplora la condizione del mangaka ai tempi dei social e della necessità di vendere a ogni costo.
    Tutti i fumettisti (ma chiunque sia "autore") potrà dolorosamente riconoscersi nell'odioso protagonista, diviso tra desiderio di successo e disprezzo snobistico per i lettori, "facili da ingannare". C'è una piccola luce di speranza nel finale, a fatica negata dal cinismo a oltranza del protagonista e di Asano, quando si fa capire che quel che si fa può avere un valore
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    Café de Tinta
    Esperaba mucho más de este manga, sinceramente, y más tras obras como Solanin, El barrio de la luz o PunPun.
    Lucy Goodfellow
    1 Star

    My thoughts about this book can be summarised by one phrase ‘what a waste’.

    I normally enjoy books with unlikable protagonists but I feel let down by this manga. Although I really enjoyed the discussion it provokes about burnout and the creative process as a whole, I am conflicted because I feel like the protagonist's stagnancy simultaneously took away from and really established his arc.

    The depression of the character is palpable. It seeps into all aspects of the story and informs the
    ...more
    David
    Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Mira que me gustan Asano y su estilo (visual y narrativo), pero en Reiraku no hemos conectado y con la escena de la violación ha terminado de perderme. El tema es el de siempre, alguien en plena crisis existencial que se replantea su vida y se siente solo y perdido. Hasta ahí bien. Lástima que esta vez el protagonista sea un gilipollas y que el autor no sepa muy bien qué aportar. Asano va dando tumbos y tocando varios campos de forma muy vaga y difusa. Esa es la palabra que yo creo que mejor ...more
    Elia
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A semi-autobiographical piece about the author's life. When he finishes the run of his first successful Manga, the protagonist sinks into a deep and self-destructive depression. He feels he can't be true to his art, because the goal of the manga industry is to sell copies, not to tell unique and original stories, which is what he has always wanted to do.
    So, he responds to his depression by destroying his entire life. He fires his assistants, starts sleeping with hookers and leaves his wife, who
    ...more
    Edmundo Mantilla
    ¿Cómo explicarlo? Para mí esta obra tiene un valor inmenso no tanto porque lleve bien la trama -que lo hace-, sino por el dibujo. Si bien no tiene el expresionismo de "Buenas noches, Punpún", la manera en que Inio Asano captura los efectos de luces y sombras es mucho más nítida y hay paneles que en verdad te hacen sentir como si estuvieras allí, en esa habitación desordenada de un mangaka que ha perdido toda motivación. Es un poco contradictorio, pero esta contradicción anima la obra: ¿cómo ...more
    Hannah
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Downfall is about a burned out artist who struggles to make his next work. This story isn’t about overcoming struggles to find new passion in a career. Instead we are introduced to a narcissistic apathetic man who uses sex to cope with the fact that he’s hates his career. The protagonist is extremely unappealing and absolutely terrible. I did not empathize with his lack of motivation, even as a comic artist myself. I will say that the semi realistic artwork does help convey the mood of the adult ...more
    Silver
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
    2.5/5

    Un manga que trata de un creador de mangas. Uno que perdió la inspiración.

    Indaga un poco en la creación artística obviamente. Pero también critica, y no sé si también se lo decía a sí mismo, el trabajo de los mangakas, la industria y a los lectores de mangas.

    ¿Se puede llegar a odiar lo que uno ama? ¿Cuánto debemos sacrificar para lograr nuestros sueños? ¿Qué es lo más importante? ¿Qué es lo más importante en la industria del manga? Sobre está última pregunta da una respuesta... aunque no
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    Halee Denise
    arc provided by the publisher and netgalley in exchange for an honest review

    I really did not like this one.

    I knew going into it that the mood would be a lot darker but I didn’t realize how angry and arrogant the main character would be the entire time. He doesn’t even self-reflect by the end and see what he’s doing to himself and others, he just blames ‘cat-eyed women’.

    There also was this sexual assault scene that made me extremely uncomfortable.

    Overall, I really did not like this manga at
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    Ignacio
    Esta historia sobre la crisis personal y creativa de un autor de manga deja al desnudo las tensiones y hastíos detrás del éxito, siempre efímero e incapaz de ocultar una neurosis irreversible cuando su semilla ha agarrado en el sustrato. Aunque el dibujo es espectacular, Asano muestra sus limitaciones a la hora de representar determinadas emociones en los rostros que dibuja; especialmente el enfado y cabreo.
    Allie
    Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc
    I don't think anyone does depression in comic form as well as Inio Asano, and Downfall especially encapsulates that suffocating, inescapable feeling perfectly. It's not absurdist or as tragic as his other manga, not as impactful as Goodnight Punpun--but it's a strong runner-up for me. I love it.

    *read via Netgalley
    Daniel Rio Romo
    Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Una obra interesante sobre el bloqueo creativo de un autor de manga (¿El propio Asano?) tras finalizar una serie de éxito. Como siempre, el dibujo es perfecto, y en este caso presenta una historia más lineal y accessible que en otras ocasiones.
    MARIANELA
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: manga
    Me a encantado! Fiel reflejo del profesional a sus 40 años.
    Nadia Jonesy
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    First off and always, Thank you NetGalley,VIZ Media LLC as well as the author, Irio Asano. This graphic novel was so so good. The art was amazing and so life like. I loved the story line, I could try they were trying to translate the book to English but it still read well. At times the placement of the speech bubbles were not placed right so it was a bit hard to follow the story at times because you had to figure out after reading a frame which other the bubbles were in and it was not always ...more
    Vraiter
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
    Bir mangakanın hayatını anlatıyordu. Başta otobiyografi sansamda yazardan bağımsızdı. Genel olarak meslekteki zorluklar konusunda bilgilendirici olsa da sıkıcıydı. Çizimleri güzeldi.
    Gabe
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Asano finally went full Murakami, for better or worse.
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    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 first prize in ...more

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