I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow 3

October 16, 2011

Shunju Aono – Viz – 2011 – 4+ volumes

I’m deeply conflicted when I read this series. I’m not sure if I find it inspiring or depressing. Is it funny or sad? Is Shizuo some sort of genius, or horribly lazy? Or is he just an average guy that believes?

But that’s the magic of I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow.

I’m not sure how many people this can or does appeal to. I read it with a sort of morbid fascination. My roommate loves it. It’s probably his fault I see any good in it at all, but sometimes, it also sneaks up on me.

The ambiguity can be hard to deal with. For instance, at the end of this volume, Shizuo’s editor finally approves a story. It’s a story about aging, and how you’re never too old to change your life, because in theory you still have a lot of it left to live. This inspires someone to get a sex change. I can’t tell if this is supposed to be a joke or not. Is the series that mean-spirited? If not, it’s kind of a sweet thing that Shizuo did.

Shizuo does inspire others to greatness. His best friend is obviously unhappy with his life, and undergoes his own major change. Shizuo finally gets tired of not being taken seriously, and really buckles down in this volume.

But then again, there are chapters where Shizuo has dreams about his younger selves berating him for being a loser. Then a tiny version of himself at 11 spurs him on to create more manga. There are scenes of him screwing up at work in the most obvious ways, but these lead to disciplinary actions that make him so angry he draws more manga. His friends berate him. His editor cuts him down over and over again. Still, he draws. He makes a smidge of progress.

And that’s why it’s inspiring, in its way. Shuzuo is pretty average, and a little lazy, but he has a dream. And he’s going to follow it. And that’s probably the great thing about this series. In the end, as ridiculous and ambiguous as it gets, it somehow always finds its way back to that.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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