Thursday, August 1, 2013

Saturn Apartments Vol 1: a manga review

Author: Hisae Iwaoka
Info: Viz Media LLC, copyright 2010, 192 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): A young boy takes up his father's profession cleaning windows in space.

Dennis Ouyang has always struggled in the shadow of his parents' expectations. His path is laid out for him: stay focused in high school, become a gastroenterologist. It may be hard work, but it isn't complicated...Until suddenly it is.

Between his father's death, his academic burnout, and his deep (and distracting) love of video games, Dennis is nowhere near where his family wanted him to be. In fact, he's just been kicked out of college.

And that's when things get...weird.

Four adorable--and bossy--angels, straight out of a sappy greeting card, appear and take charge of Dennis's life. And so Dennis finds himself herded back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. But nothing is ever what it seems when life, magic and video games collide.

~Goodreads Description~

Mitsu has recently graduated from school, and he is eager to take up his father's life work.  Humankind has retreated to a structure in space, leaving solid ground in an effort to preserve the Earth, and someone needs to keep the windows clean.  As he embarks on this new venture, he starts to learn more about the inhabitants of the giant space apartment complex and the mysterious disappearance of his father.

Saturn Apartments is a little slow, but a steady, emotional journey of a young boy and his spectacular neighborhood.  The floating apartments are filled with unique characters with touching stories that slowly emerge from page to page.  If you're looking to settle in with a beautifully drawn heartfelt read, consider Saturn Apartments by Hisae Iwaoka.

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