A Distant Neighborhood

A Distant Neighborhood

Vol. 1

Book - 2009
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Who hasn't dreamt of going back to childhood? But who has actually made the journey? Hiroshi Nakahara is a forty-something salaryman returning to Tokyo from an intense business trip. He is tired and somewhat hungover as he boards his train at Kyoto's enormous station. He awakens to discover he is traveling back to the town of his upbringing, not Tokyo. Memories of his mother surface and he realizes he has the same age as her when she died. Arriving in Kurayoshi he is drawn through his distant neighborhood to the cemetery and his mother's grave. Here, under a late afternoon moon, he is transported back into his 14 year-old body and life whilst retaining all the character and experience of the adult. Will he change his past or be forever condemned to relive each painful moment? That fateful day his father disappeared without explanation, the death of his mother ... would he ever see his wife and daughters again? Master manga-ka Taniguchi at his most powerful with the art individually reversed to western style by craftsman Fr'd'ric Boilet. Volume 2 due in September.
Publisher: Wisbech, England : Fanfare ; [Rasquera, Spain?] : Ponent Mon, c2009
ISBN: 9788492444281
Branch Call Number: GN TANIGUCHI 2009
Characteristics: 200 p. : ill. 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Boilet, Frédéric


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Oct 02, 2010

This seinen manga (intended for readers of an older, male audience) is really a treat for anyone. It's the classic question "... if you went back in time, what would you do?" and for the main character, there's a lot of heartfelt issues to deal with. Being 40-something and going back to being 12 is quite the ordeal! The storytelling is so detailed it makes me feel nostalgic to a 1950s Japan I never even grew up in. This was adapted into a German movie, and the 2-volume series was a great read.


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