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Inio Asano

Author of Solanin

87 Works 4,167 Members 66 Reviews 5 Favorited

About the Author

Image credit: Inio Asano at Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018 By Jody C. - DSC_0174.jpg, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70802902

Series

Works by Inio Asano

Solanin (2008) 458 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Omnibus 1 (2016) 383 copies
Nijigahara Holograph (2006) 241 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Omnibus 2 (2016) 214 copies
A Girl on the Shore (2016) 198 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Omnibus 3 (2016) 172 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 1 (2007) 138 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Omnibus 4 (2016) 134 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Omnibus 7 (2017) 134 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Omnibus 6 (2017) 131 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Omnibus 5 (2017) 127 copies
Downfall (2017) 113 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 2 (2007) 57 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 3 (2008) 50 copies
Solanin, Volume 1 (2005) 50 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 4 (2009) 44 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 5 (2009) 44 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 6 (2009) 39 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 7 (2010) 38 copies
Solanin, Volume 2 (2006) 36 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 8 (2011) 34 copies
City of Light (2004) 33 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 10 (2012) 31 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 9 (2011) 29 copies
A Girl by the Sea, Volume 1 (2011) 26 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 11 (2012) 26 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 12 (2013) 25 copies
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 13 (2013) 25 copies
A Girl by the Sea, Volume 2 (2013) 17 copies
solanin: an epilogue (2018) 10 copies
Ctrl+T (2010) 9 copies
Solanin, Intégrale : (2019) — Author — 8 copies
Reiraku (2017) 7 copies
Solanin complete edition (2019) 3 copies
Errance (2019) 2 copies
Solanin 2 copies
Heroes 1 copy
Short stories (2020) 1 copy
Eroi (2020) 1 copy
おざなり君 (2012) 1 copy

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Legal name
浅野 いにお
Birthdate
1980-09-22
Gender
male
Nationality
Japan

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Reviews

The first volume, and star of Punpun Punyama's coming-of-age tale (dear god, dear god, tinkle hoy - help him). Out of the entire series, this is the lightest and most wholesome volume despite some of the trials, tribulations and other major life events Punpun goes through. The ride only gets sadder and more tragic from here on out. But at least we get to look at our cute bird boy while we do it.
 
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AuthorSSD | 9 other reviews | Nov 28, 2023 |
Downfall by Inio Asano is a coming of age tale about a struggling manga artist trying to figure himself out in his mid-life crisis.

This story is depressing, sad, low and down yet it is powerful and moving. Our lead protagonist's life is in turmoil: his manga series is finished, his marriage is crap, he's seeing ladies of the night, and he just seems down in the dumps. His life continues to spiral, and we watch everything unfold before him.

As the story progresses, we learn more about the manga industry (or book industry in general - some people get a hit and then phase out), and our lead's past. We see why he became such a workaholic and is nothing but toxic. It's truly intriguing to read this little masterpiece on loneliness. Despite this man not being top tier, I felt sympathy for him. He truly leads a lonely, miserable life but he's not trying to pull himself out of the rut.

I think this story is truly intriguing, especially if you're looking for something a little more sad. It's not going to bring you out of the blues, but it will make you think and examine your own life. What happens when you go down a troublesome path but don't help yourself out of it? Honestly, if anything, this book made me think a lot and reflect on myself.

I can't really see any negatives for this book, if I'm being brutally honest. Yes it's sad and you need to be in a good headspace to read it, but it's not bad. It's a character study on flawed characters and I can respect that. I'd like to read more by Inio Asano and follow his characters again. This was truly marvelous.

Four out of five stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and VIZ Media for an opportunity to read this wonderful book!
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Briars_Reviews | 5 other reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
Downfall by Inio Asano is a coming of age tale about a struggling manga artist trying to figure himself out in his mid-life crisis.

This story is depressing, sad, low and down yet it is powerful and moving. Our lead protagonist's life is in turmoil: his manga series is finished, his marriage is crap, he's seeing ladies of the night, and he just seems down in the dumps. His life continues to spiral, and we watch everything unfold before him.

As the story progresses, we learn more about the manga industry (or book industry in general - some people get a hit and then phase out), and our lead's past. We see why he became such a workaholic and is nothing but toxic. It's truly intriguing to read this little masterpiece on loneliness. Despite this man not being top tier, I felt sympathy for him. He truly leads a lonely, miserable life but he's not trying to pull himself out of the rut.

I think this story is truly intriguing, especially if you're looking for something a little more sad. It's not going to bring you out of the blues, but it will make you think and examine your own life. What happens when you go down a troublesome path but don't help yourself out of it? Honestly, if anything, this book made me think a lot and reflect on myself.

I can't really see any negatives for this book, if I'm being brutally honest. Yes it's sad and you need to be in a good headspace to read it, but it's not bad. It's a character study on flawed characters and I can respect that. I'd like to read more by Inio Asano and follow his characters again. This was truly marvelous.

Four out of five stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and VIZ Media for an opportunity to read this wonderful book!
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Briars_Reviews | 5 other reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
* I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book. *

Fukazawa is a successful manga author who has just completed his long-running and highly thought of series. As he casts around for an idea for his next series, he grows to detest the industry that he is part of, the vapid and cheap ideas that are needed to be successful. His cynicism destroys his creativity and his marriage, while friends and employees are jettisoned along the way. In the meantime, he meets a mysterious cat-eyed woman at a girlie bar ...

I really enjoyed this book and its theme of the creative spark that dies in middle-age. Fukazawa's friends and fans are all admiring of him being able to live his dream, unaware that to him it has become a nightmare. This is a very human story with just a touch of mystery to it, and Asano's art conveys it beautifully.
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gjky | 5 other reviews | Apr 9, 2023 |

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Works
87
Members
4,167
Popularity
#6,044
Rating
3.9
Reviews
66
ISBNs
299
Languages
10
Favorited
5

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