August 12, 2020

When it Rains it Pours

After the Rain, a manga written and illustrated by Jun Mayuzuki, is a little piece of art within itself.

Without giving away many spoilers, the story follows two main characters (though one more than the other). Akira Tachibana, a high-school student faced with a new way of existing, and Masami Kondo, also known as “Manager”; a much older fellow and Akira Tachibana’s boss.

Before going further I would like to state yes, this is considered a romance manga. However, not one typically delivered. Given the considerably large age gap, the author is forced to walk a fine line between realistic and appropriate, while staying true to the characters and story. This in my opinion, was done quite well.

I can’t speak for the anime adaptation as I haven’t watched it, and in this case I may not. I feel some anime are better delivered in their manga adaptations, while there are times manga-original works actually comes across much greater when animated. On the rare occasion some pieces manage to excel in both categories.

In this particular case the five book manga series was so wonderfully crafted and well delivered, I don’t feel an animated viewing is necessary. I’m not worried they would do a terrible job, in fact some scenes would come across quite beautifully in both atmosphere and content.

I guess, it’s more that I don’t have a lingering want or hunger for more. The story itself felt complete, leaving me satisfied / content with what’s been provided. Having more would be like eating a second dessert when I’m already too full from the first one. It’s tasty, but at what cost?

Were I to describe Jun Mayuzuki’s style presented in this manga with one word, it would be elegance. There’s a cascading flow throughout the series, in both artistry and narrative. Even the most intense moments offer a delicate layer of softness within the text, like dancing on a thin layer of ice overtop an ocean.

Similar to “The Girl From the Other Side” which I posted about previously, I would own this series for the artwork alone, with the compelling story as an added bonus.

I’d like to avoid saying too much about this manga, because I believe it’s better experienced than discussed. I will state those familiar with Japanese storytelling probably know what to expect regarding the ending (even if at times it throws a curve-ball), but it has little impact on enjoyment derived from the journey.

As with any form of entertainment if you check out a free chapter online and enjoy yourself, I urge you to purchase and support her work. At the very least, in hopes of something equally great later on.

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