This series kept popping up on my recommended list when I bought other manga, and I became curious about it. I was probably also drawn to this series because its length was only 2 volumes. As much as I love it when my favorite series give me a lot of content to read, sometimes the most memorable series are the ones that keep it short and sweet.
The books themselves were a nice large size that felt comfortable in my hand. I usually prefer to hold a larger manga that isn’t too thick, as much as I love the awesome deal that Omnibus editions are I find them more difficult to hold comfortably. Manuevering the pages at certain points in the story become difficult because the manga is so thick, but the height and width of the cover is about the same size as a normal manga. Although my hands being small contributes to this frustration. I was surprised to see that these volumes read left to right, they were flipped from their original right to left format. That felt a bit odd at first, but I got over it.
Well anyway this review will be brief, I think this two volume series is worthwhile to own. The target audience seems like it’s probably middle aged men, but I think the message translates well to others too. Hiroshi Nakahara is a father, husband, and salaryman that has lost touch with those around him. He finds himself accidentally on a train back to his hometown one day, and while in front of his mother’s grave he wakes up and finds himself in his past life. He’s been given the chance to re-start his life again!? Or is it all a dream!?
It’s amusing to see him as a kid but with the memories/personality of his middle aged self. The mood of the scenes change in an intersting way with this setup, whether it’s me smiling over Hiroshi indulging in some of his more adult habits, or him sadly realizing that a friend right in front of him was destined to die in a few years. One of the best parts of this series is the feeling that I’m peeking into the past of Japan itself (not just Hiroshi’s past). The scenery looks so wonderful, I almost want to step into the pages and take a deep breath of the air that looks so refreshing in these pages. It makes me wonder how much brighter the past will seem once I’m entering the 2nd half of my life as well.
This is a manga that will grow well with its reader. 20 years from now I may or may not pick back up my current shoujo/shonen series for a re-read, but I can picture myself picking back up this series more-so than a lot of the other series I’m reading right now. But then again I can’t say for sure what I will want to do in the future, this is just what I’m guessing for myself and my future tastes.