The only common feature running through these stories is a grown-up protagonist somehow coming face-to-face with his childhood past, in a testament to the loss of youth, the disillusionment of growing old, and nostalgia for better times.In the Adachi pantheon, this is a rare diametric view of his eternal theme of "youth," in this case youth as seen through the lens of the past. It's a powerful statement from Adachi that might even be an acknowledgment of his steadily-creeping age.What is impressive about these stories is not the plots or characters themselves, but the absolutely perfect way he tells them, another facet of experience that comes with age. Most of the stories may require multiple readings to fully appreciate the airtightness of the plot and visual motifs."
A series of short stories, well-written and enjoyable. They all include people reflecting on the past and consequently experiencing some level of character growth. They all have happy, and often heartwarming endings. A few of them involve magical components--time slips and ghosts and that type of thing--but they're more a narrative flourish than anything else. I found the experience pleasant and the artwork nice, but honestly, none of the stories stood out to me as particularly noteworthy. Which I guess means that there's some level of blandness to them. Still worth the read though.
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