A Distant Neighborhood

A Distant Neighborhood

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"Middle-aged businessman Hiroshi Nakahara has been catapulted back into his life as a 14 year-old but with all his adult memories and knowledge intact. As he settles into his past in a way that only someone who has seen the future can, he experiences again the friendship, the exhilaration and the love of youth. But subtle changes occur in his history and, as the summer break reaches its conclusion, he starts to ask himself 'What can I do to stop my father leaving?"--
Publisher: Wisbech, England : Fanfare, 2016
Edition: Complete edition, English edition
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9781910856031
Characteristics: 403 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Apr 25, 2018

Seriously good time-travel-y science fiction graphic novel! Nakahara Hiroshi, in his 40s, wakes up to find himself on the wrong train. Instead of heading home to his wife and daughters, he's on his way to the neighborhood where he grew up, and where his mother is buried. Something happens in the cemetery as he's visiting her grave. When he regains consciousness, he's in the past, in his 14 year old body, but with all of his adult memories intact.

He has no idea how it happened or how to return to his current life. All he can do is try to live in his own past. Then he realizes exactly when he is, and the heartbreaking event that will soon follow. Hiroshi is increasingly frantic as he realizes what's coming for his family. Can he change it? I was unprepared for the emotional wallop of this story. Hiroshi's desperation, the family dynamics, the possibility of being trapped in the past forever... yikes! Seriously good, both the writing and the art.

Oct 02, 2010

This seinen manga (intended for readers of an older, male audience) is really a treat for anyone. It's the classic question "... if you went back in time, what would you do?" and for the main character, there's a lot of heartfelt issues to deal with. Being 40-something and going back to being 12 is quite the ordeal! The storytelling is so detailed it makes me feel nostalgic to a 1950s Japan I never even grew up in. This was adapted into a German movie, and the 2-volume series was a great read.


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