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    Takayuki Fujimura(Author, Artist)

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GEN Manga is Indie Manga from the Tokyo Underground.
GEN Manga was made to give fans an exclusive look at real doujinshi, otherwise known as indie manga, that they had heard about, but until now, unable to get their hands on. In its essence, doujinshi is manga traded among other manga artists. Manga for manga lovers!

Sorako lives an ordinary life. And this is an ordinary story. She has friends and family, loves her dog, thinks about life, and occasionally looks for work (kinda). These are the adventures into a typical girl's life.

“A Beautiful Slice of Life Manga.” -SFX

“Fujimura Takayuki's Sorako, a one-shot story in issue 4, looks like GEN's answer to Inio Asano's solanin, a slice-of-life story about a restless twentysomething girl and a lost dog. The round-headed style even looks a bit like Asano's work, but the characters are more likable. I'd love to see more from Takiyuki.” -MTV GEEK

“The art of Sorako is fluid, quick, imprecise. Lines aren't perfectly straight nor details entirely accurate, but the rough drafting style gives the frames energy and character, enhancing the impression that the artist's goal is to tell Sorako's story, blemishes and all.”

“The new entry this time around is a short story called Sorako, by Fujimura Takayuki. It's a nice slice-of-life story about a twentysomething having doubts about her life situation. The plot is minimal, and is mostly about her lost dog, but I think that makes it even a little better. There's city living commentary, jobless commentary, and a whole lot of ordinary, but it makes for a great read. I think one-shot stories like this suit the format of Gen, and I'm happy to see something like this in its pages.” -Slightly Biased Manga

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  • By Sam Quixote on October 5, 2014

    Fujimura Takayuki’s Sorako is a wonderful collection of short stories, the majority of which follow Sorako, a young woman fresh out of high school but directionless and unable to find a job. All of the stories are about young Japanese women who are somewhat aimless.In one story, a young barista decides that she should study abroad in England but can’t speak English. She half-heartedly pursues this but doesn’t know if its the right move. In another, a young woman discovers she hasn’t the enthusiasm for anything. Her boyfriend breaks up with her and she doesn’t care. She goes to a concert and feels nothing for the music. And then she finds a broken birdcage and her perspective shifts.The Sorako stories reminded me a lot of Dan Clowes’ Ghost World, where Sorako is a kind of Japanese Enid. She goes to a job interview but doesn’t get the job, and, to make matters worse, her bull terrier Toma has gone missing. Later on she talks to her blonde friend, who works in a cafe, about how she doesn’t care about anything and that no job interests her.Takayuki’s stories feel like believable glimpses into contemporary Japanese young women’s lives, particularly at the transitional and uncertain time between high school and full time work. The stories are lo-fi and concern themselves with everyday lives, without branching out into surrealism to vary things like male manga artists are prone to, and yet the comics are no less fascinating for it.They’re very heartfelt and full of real human moments as we see these young women figuring out their identities and life paths. They’re beautifully drawn and Takayuki has a superb sense of how to tell a story through comics so they read extremely smoothly. Some stories are more successful than others but I didn’t read one that I thought was boring or pointless - they’re all worth reading.Fujimura Takayuki is an enormously talented artist and Sorako is a brilliant collection of indie manga that’s totally enthralling to read. Those who enjoy thoughtful, slice of life tales will love these, though I recommend this book to all comics fans everywhere!

  • By Rick on April 10, 2015

    arrived quickly. Just as described.

  • By Guest on October 22, 2014

    This is the complete review as it appears (...) at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV</a>. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).I rated this book WARTYWARNING! MAY CONTAIN UNHIDDEN SPOILERS! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!This is the second Gen Manga I've sampled and the second time I've been disappointed! I think I'm done with this publisher. Sorako is the boring story of a boring young girl who does boring things during her long, boring days. The first sample panel below (only on my blog) sums it all up.<.p>There's nothing going on here that's of any interest or which would merit writing a story about. If this is the kind of manga that manga writers like to read, then I have to say that they're a really undemanding lot with few aspirations and little desire to explore anything new or radical.This is one of those books taken from the Japanese, and so has to be read backwards - that is both from the back, and from the right to the left, top to the bottom on each page. It’s a sad commentary that before I fully realized this, I read an entire story (there are several in this one book) and didn’t even notice that I was reading it backwards! Oops!A lot of the panels have zero text, which makes it easy not to notice which way it’s supposed to be read. I do understand that if they take the Japanese artwork and simply add English text to it, then they have no choice but to follow the Japanese convention, but it’s really tiresome to read one of these, especially if the story doesn't draw you in. I think I'm done with this format now, too.The artwork is good (just line drawings, no color). It’s just the story that's totally uninteresting and pointless. There was, thankfully, an oddity or two to keep my mind from going completely blank. For example, the lettering font changes abruptly and for no apparent reason between page 44 and 45, where the font is too small, and then back again after that page. Other than that it's unremarkable except for how uninteresting it is.

  • By Alt on December 16, 2014

    Sorako loses her dog, can't find a job, visits her father in the hospital, finds a job, complains about the boring town in which she lives, wants to leave but has no money, tries to learn English (pretty funny), hangs out with a friend who annoys her, breaks up with a boyfriend who doesn't love her, eats an apple, watches movies, complains about her boring life, breaks her leg, briefly diets, tries to read more (although she has "trouble with all the words"), and makes promises that she may or may not keep.Sorako's friend tells her that she is looking at life as a spectator. To the extent that the story has meaning, it comes from Sorako's evolving realization that there are some things you can't see when you look inside life from the outside.There isn't much happening in Sorako, but at the same time a lot is happening. It's just happening in small doses, the way life happens. I can't say Sorako wowed me but it did give me some insight into the character of Sorako. It's a contemplative story that grew on me. It might have particular value to a reader who is sharing Sorako's stage of life.I like the simplicity of the art and the sense of motion it conveys. On the whole, Sorako is a worthwhile introduction to a young conflicted person and the culture in which she lives.

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