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Red Colored Elegy (1970)

by Hayashi Seiichi

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I agree with another reviewer that stated, "This is comics as mood and not as story..." That pretty much sums up in toto exactly how I felt about this work. Lots of angst with almost no narrative structure to speak of.

Curious side effect: After reading this book, I spent the rest of my evening singing along to old 90's R&B songs. Dru Hill, Silk, Xscape, Something for the People.... ( )
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"Seiichi Hayashi produced Red Colored Elegy between 1970 and 1971, in the aftermath of a politically turbulent and culturally vibrant decade that promised but failed to deliver new possibilities. With a combination of sparse line work and visual codes borrowed from animation and film, the quiet melancholy lives of a young couple struggling to make ends meet are beautifully captured in this poetic masterpiece. Uninvolved with the political movements of the time, Ichiro and Sachiko hope for something better, but they're no revolutionaries; their spare time is spent drinking, smoking, daydreaming, and sleeping--together and at times with others. While Ichiro attempts to make a living from his comics, Sachiko's parents are eager to arrange a marriage for her, but Ichiro doesn't seem interested. Both in their relationship and at work, Ichiro and Sachiko are unable to say the things they need to say, and like any couple, at times say things to each other that they do not mean, ultimately communicating as much with their body language and what remains unsaid as with words"--Publisher's web site.… (more)

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