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Blue Spring by Taiyō Matsumoto

Blue Spring

by Taiyō Matsumoto

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Blue Spring is a wonderful collection of short comic stories by Taiyo Matsumoto, who must surely be one of the most original voices working in the manga field today. Like a lot of people in the English-speaking world, I first discovered Matsumoto's work via Tekkon Kinkreet (both the book and the movie), and was pleasantly surprised on reading Blue Spring to discover that his most famous work was not a fluke.

The current volume is every bit as dreamy, daring, and entertaining as Tekkon Kinkreet, and in some ways is the superior work simply because the individual pieces are shorter and more focused than the sprawling scope of Tekkon Kinkreet. Everything about Matsumoto's approach to the art of comics is highly original, and Blue Spring is a gorgeous journey through what the author himself best captures in his afterword: "No matter how passionate you were, no matter how much your blood boiled, I believe youth is a blue time. Blue - that indistinct blue that paints the town moments before the the sun rises. Winter is coming." ( )
  dr_zirk | Apr 27, 2010 |
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Although spring usually connotes the blossoming of new life and a time of nurturing and anticipation, spring for a small group of disenchanted high school students is "blue." They can't wait for school to end and the summer to come. Their lives are balanced on the edge of a knife as they flirt with crime and their own deaths in the form of a deadly rooftop game. Each character has a different story to tell and the rebellion, questioning and frustration of these youth are palpable.… (more)

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