Look Back GN – Review

Being a child, I have always found that there is never a right or wrong reason to pursue a passion. Whether it is sports, academics, or even the creative arts, the reasons one might decide to go down those paths can range from the incredibly complex and selfless to the rather simple. Ayumu Fujino is a young girl who starts her career as an artist seemingly for the last – she draws funny comic strips to constantly validate her classmates, and conversely feels threatened when others make that talent seem less than she thought. She is stubborn and easily swayed but embodies the youthful pride you find in a lot of kids who realize they have some kind of talent without the independent drive to nurture it.

Like many people whose comfort is threatened by others, Fujino rushes, withdraws, and eventually abandons her aspirations entirely. Ironically, it takes a very pure and childish form of admiration to give Fujino the last bit of courage to pursue art full time. Arguably Kyomoto isn’t as embodied as Fujino, but it does serve as a mirror for the book’s messages about self-reliance and self-improvement: that is, it’s OK and OK to rely on others for support and to have that initial spark of creativity going on, but you’ll need to persist with those feelings yourself in the end. The relationship between these two is simple yet touching because even though you acknowledge their bond, you also know there will be a time when those moments have to finally come to an end. You almost don’t want them because of how much these two have achieved together and how happy these accomplishments are. Unfortunately, not everything is meant to last.

Things take a somewhat dramatic turn for nearly two-thirds of the book, with a sudden, unexpected tragedy and its aftermath occupying the main focus. At first glance, admittedly, this comes as a rather cheap cliched attempt to generate drama, especially When the book’s messages about passion and self-reliance are already well established without resorting to such extremes. But upon closer reading, the lesson learned in the aftermath of such a tragedy remains an important one that brings the book’s ideas full circle. Suffice it to say that the first part of the book builds the heart of the story while the last third of the book puts that heart to the final test.

Don’t expect anything close to the high-octane and adrenaline effect that is often offered Tatsuki Fujimoto‘s chainsaw man. look back He takes a quieter approach – nearly a third of the book is without dialogue, and relies on interactive screenshots or large panels to express specific feelings. Not only is the speed slow, but there are moments when you feel like time itself stops to let the weight of everything that happens wash over you. Even something as simple as someone working at their desk for months on end can feel heavy. The artwork itself fluctuates in quality from time to time. Some feature incredibly detailed pencil work and shading, particularly backgrounds, that make already large panels appear much larger on the page. Other pages and panels take a rough approach to drawing, complete with some unfinished lines and faces out of form, making them almost unfinished. These transformations certainly aren’t for everyone, but they feel intentional, and reflect the mindsets and inclinations of the characters.

Without going into much detail, I would be remiss not to point out some parallels between some of the events that occur in this book and the known tragedies in the real world that occurred around the time of this book. written. Even the names Kyomoto and Fujino seem roughly to refer to specific places and people. With these similarities in mind, you could totally say that certain elements are depicted in bad taste, and I’d even go so far as to say that the exact same messages could have been communicated just as effectively without using real-world parallels.

However, I don’t think Fujimoto’s story sheds light on or downplays the terrible loss suffered by those who experienced true tragedy. Tragedies are, by their nature, unexpected, and it can be difficult for those who have overcome them to come to terms with the opportunities and possibilities that were suddenly and unjustly robbed of them. A range of “what if” scenarios can cast a shadow over our brains, leading us to believe that perhaps if we had done something different, such a terrible event wouldn’t happen and those we lost would still be here today. This is all part of the mourning process and some people never get out of this self-defeating mindset. The book goes so far as to roll the knife in a way that almost seems to validate this very form of escape, putting a new perspective on those feelings Fujino felt at the beginning of the book, making them seem less childish. By showing that this is how we deal with difficulties as human beings.

look back He acknowledges the lifelong trauma left by the tragedies, and the fact that there isn’t much we can do about it. But it also shows that there is much more to take away from them than just grief. As Fujino reflects on her life and how the playful and adventurous spark of her creative passions morphed into a quieter, more frequent routine, she is reminded of what got her to this point in the first place. Just because it is no longer the case does not necessarily mean that the experiences and people that got us where we want to be did not happen. Never forget the people who appreciated you because no matter what happens, they will be the people who will never forget you until the end. So the least we can do is take those memories and feelings with us as we go on, even if said road is still bleak.

look back It’s the kind of manga that lives up to the name itself, to remind us of that look back For everything that happened around us no matter how angry or sad or bitter the process may be. So much is moved with so little in this single volume that it has the potential to make a lasting impact. It makes you think about the impact you’ve had on other people’s lives even if it only seems temporary. It’s not a pleasant feeling by any means, and I definitely think this is the kind of book that you can only really appreciate at specific times and with a certain mindset. But I definitely think it’s worth picking up and staying close when that moment finally comes.