Cover of VIZ's release of the manga Solanin
|Genre||Romance, Music, Slice of life|
|Written by||Inio Asano|
|Magazine||Weekly Young Sunday|
|Original run||June 30, 2005 – April 6, 2006|
|Directed by||Takahiro Miki|
Solanin (ソラニン Soranin?) is a Japanese slice of life romance music manga series written and illustrated by Inio Asano. It was serialised in Shogakukan's Weekly Young Sunday from 2005 to 2006. The manga is licensed and published in English by Viz Media, in French by Kana and in Chinese by Taiwan Tohan. The manga was nominated for the 2009 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Japan.
The manga was made into a live-action film, starring Aoi Miyazaki as the female protagonist. It was released in Japan in April 2010. In the same year the band Asian Kung-Fu Generation released the single Solanin, with lyrics written by Inio Asano, author of the manga. The song was featured in the movie version. The band also provided the ending theme to the movie.
Meiko and Taneda graduated from university two years ago. Having no real goals or direction, they step into society, clueless. Meiko works as an Office Lady to pay the rent for her apartment, while Taneda works as an illustrator in a press company, earning just enough to take some of Meiko's burden. While Taneda often meets up with his bandmates from their University days to jam, he still feels something is missing. His bandmates know what it is: they need to step out, promote themselves and let their songs be heard by a larger crowd; which has been their dream since their first meeting in their university's "Pop Music Club".
Unhappy with the rhythm of their "normal" graduate lives, things change when two important decisions are made: Meiko decides to quit her job, and Taneda decides to devote time to write his first proper song for the band. Having broken free of their old routines, they now find themselves uncertain of where their new life will take them. Slowly, Meiko and Taneda come to embrace their unpredictable future together but an unexpected tragedy occurs, changing their lives and the lives of their friends forever.
Solanin was written and illustrated by Inio Asano. It was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Young Sunday from 2005 to 2006. Shogakukan published the manga's two tankōbon between December 5, 2005 and May 2, 2006. The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media, which released the manga as a single volume on October 21, 2008. The manga is licensed in France by Kana, in Poland by Hanami, and in Taiwan by Taiwan Tohan, which released the manga's two tankōbon volumes between June 23, 2005 and September 24, 2006.
Solanin was nominated for the 2009 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan. It was nominated for the 2009 Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material. About.com's Deb Aoki lists Solanin as the best new one-shot manga of 2008 along with Disappearance Diary. Pop Culture Shock's Katherine Dacey criticises the manga's backgrounds, saying they look "like dioramas or collages". Deb Aoki from About.com commends the manga for capturing "the angst and uncertainty of a young adult's life with humor and heart." Mania.com's Greg Hackmann commends the author for his attention to detail "especially when it comes to the manga's many cramped urban settings". Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County's Lawerence T. comments on the manga "accepting what life has to offer".
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