About Solanin Manga
Solanin features story and art by Asano Inio.
Meiko Inoue is a recent college grad working as an office lady in a job she hates. Her boyfriend Shigeo is permanently crashing at her apartment since his job as a freelance illustrator doesn't pay enough for rent. And her parents in the country keep sending her boxes of veggies that just rot in the fridge. Straddling the line between her years as a student and the rest of her life, Meiko struggles with the feeling that she's just not cut out to be a part of the real world.
- Publisher: VIZ BOOKS
- Media: Manga
- Genre: Drama
- Themes: Slice of Life
- Age Rating: 16+
- Release Date: 10/21/2008
- Page Count: 432
- Reprint Date: 3/31/2015
- Dimensional Weight: 1.25
- Written Language: English
Ratings & Reviews
Very relatable, young adult problems
This is probably one of Asano Inio's more down-to-earth series, second up being "What a Wonderful World!" which I also recommend.
The story is your basic "twenty-something having troubles adjusting to adult life" story, but it's executed quite well. Dull office life is mixed with dreams of continuing to pursue music and strung together with almost episodic moments of daily life. In comparison to "What a wonderful World," Inio's art has definitely improved, with details of the city expressed very unabashedly, showing areas of both beauty, dinginess, and everything in-between.
It's a series anyone can relate to regardless of age, and the book itself is pretty hefty (400+ pages), though held together with a nice matted cover.
If you want a short manga, Solanin is a good choice. It's got good art, feels, and a meaningful, relatable story.
Real People, Real Issues
by AARON -
Solanin is a very relatable series that depicts young adult life. This series will have you relating to the characters and immersed in their life.
A True Masterpiece
by Laethas -
Solanin is truly a masterpiece crafted by Inio Asano. This single omnibus tells a fantastic story that anyone will find entertaining or eye-opening. The art is just as good as the story, and the incredible level of detail is awing. Viz Media has also done a great job with this review, and the book itself is very high quality. Overall, if you're a reader this is certainly a series you should check out, and if you're a collector this would absolutely look great on your shelf. I would highly recommend this series to anyone.
A True Masterpiece
by Laethas -
Inio Asano, along with his fantastically real art, has created a mesmerizing story that is sure to impact you. Inio Asano truly captures what it is he is trying to tell, and the level of depth with which he uses to demonstrate his ideas is masterful. The volume itself is also well made, and sure to last and look good on any shelf. This is definitely a series you want whether you're someone who likes to collect, or just someone who's a casual reader. This is a must-read, must-own for anyone looking for a great slice-of-life, psychological story. Certainly, a modern classic.
by Hugo Lopez
As other Inio Asano work Solanin is well written, and if you're in college wanting to figure out your life and have questions at the moments, or just unsure of what you want to do with your life then you should check out Solanin. I like this product because of how realistic it reflexes on each characters, in a personal level i can relate to them. If you read the back of the manga, you can see what it'll be about so get this manga, it is worth the money.