Review: Solanin

Solanin
To be free is never easy

Author
Inio Asano

Plot Summary
Inoue and Taneda decided to quit their typical life and earn their long-awaited freedom. It turns out freedom is not as they expect it to be. Their freedom went from being happy to being bored. The further they go the more they struggle within their so-called freedom leaving a harsh life at the palm of their hands. Will they retain their freedom?

Personal Opinion
What is freedom? This is the basic question that evolves within the life of Meiko Inoue and Shigeo Taneda in Solanin. Inio Asano took us on a 2 (two) volumes journey on a typical definition of freedom; what it is, how it is achieved, and how it is basically something you can’t handle just by yourself.

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Review: Goodnight Punpun

Goodnight Punpun
You’ll love me forever and ever… and never think of anything else… right? Right?!

Author
Inio Asano

Status
2 Volumes – Ongoing

Plot Summary

In his short career as a manga artist, Inio Asano has tackled various formats and genres – short existential vignettes, twenty-something dramas, mind- bending psycho-horror – with a delicate emotional touch and a willingness to break stodgy storytelling rules. While his body of work is not yet large enough to suffer legitimate accusations of repetition, he nonetheless announced before his latest story that he wanted to “start fresh.” The result of this rebirth is the comedy “Goodnight Punpun.”

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Review: What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World
Life is a gift to cherish.

Author
Inio Asano

Status
2 Volumes – Completed

Plot Summary
This is a compilation of stories in typical modern life. Facts of life if I might add. But it shows us more than what we usually see in everyday life. Love, hope, dreams, reality, passion, effort, struggle; all of that are pictured together in typical life of kids, teenagers, and adults –manga authors and mafia included– as stories about how people strive to survive in their life.

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Review: Nijigahara Holograph

Nijigahara Holograph
Live with a strong will!

Author
Inio Asano

Status
1 Volume – Completed

Plot Summary
Arie sleeps in and endless coma with a deviant father looking after her. Suzuki hates the world for being cruel and unfair. Komatsuzaki is an unpredictable bully who acts in his own mysterious ways. Arakawa loves Komatsuzaki although knowing the fact she can never have him. Sakaki is a teacher with one injured eye whom Suzuki adores. Arie’s mother committed suicide. All of this are entangled together in a story, spanning 10 years, of blackness, cruelty, and suffering. Will there be hope and redemption in this painful life?

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