Inio Asano, writer and illustrator of the slice-of-life graphic novel Solanin, is releasing two mangas to debut in America this year. A Girl on the Shore will be released in English on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Goodnight Punpun, Vol. 1 is slated for March.
Both volumes have already seen their following swell to cult classic heights in Japan, back in 2007 and 2009 respectively, and now Asano’s English-speaking (or, English-reading) fans can enjoy taking another couple of trips into the mind of this fantastic graphic novelist.
Unlike Solanin, which follows the intimate innerworkings of college sweethearts Meiko and Shigeo, A Girl on the Shore will delve into a whirlwind romance between highschoolers who encounter something strange during one intense summer.
Goodnight Punpun errs on the more imagination-expounding side, as far as stories go, where a birdlike kid grows from being a rough-draft sketch to becoming more like himself, whoever that may be. This one promises to be more meta than some of Asano’s previous works, taking shape almost as if the creator were documenting the process for figuring out who this character should be as the novel unfolds.
If you’ve read Asano’s Nijigahara Holograph and Solanin back-to-back, you might not realize both of these books were written by the same person. Asano can write from the point of view of a 20-something who is wandering the streets of Japan wondering if she’s living her life to the fullest, then he can pick up the story of a different character and crash through the barriers of reality with a murder mystery vis-à-vis spiritual awakening.
While you’re waiting for A Girl and Punpun to become available in America, check out Asano’s other titles and lose yourself in a time and place unlike any you’ve experienced before.
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