I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow 5

December 19, 2014

Shunju Aono – Viz – 2013 – 5 volumes

I’m glad this finished up in 5 volumes.  I was never quite sure what to make of this.  My roommate loved it, and found it inspirational.  I’m not sure what to make of that, either.  He’s too young for a mid-life crisis.

The other volumes aside, this one was really touching.  It’s not so much about Shizuo as it is the other people in his life this time.  The first part of the volume talks about his friend, Miyata, who opened a bakery to try and be close to his young son, from whom he was separated.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but God, that was really sad.  And shocking.  That it was so depressing and kind of a regular, unremarkable thing was what made it hit home for me.

Similarly, the final two chapters, told from Shizuo’s daughter’s perspective, were sad for the same reason.  They were just depressing, but in an average, everyday kind of way.  Again, I think it was the depressing realism that made it so hard to read.  I liked ending the volume/series this way, too, since we’re never sure what Shizuo’s daughter thinks of anything he does.

Honestly, we still kinda don’t.  But it was still a nice way to end the series.

Does Shizuo get published?  Well, this series has always been about the journey.

Again, I’m still not sure what the… tone of this series was supposed to be.  Funny?  Depressing?  Awkward?  Inspirational?  Autobiographical?

But it was something.  Something worth reading.  Will everyone appreciate its special genius?  Probably not.  But if you get a hankering for a depressing 5-volume series about a mid-life crisis, this is definitely your series.  I’m glad I found it.

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