Tatsuki Fujimoto is thought for writing sexy boys. His hottest work, the best-selling manga and soon-to-be anime Chainsaw Man, is a gory motion sequence that stars a teenage boy who’s pushed by the need to the touch boobs for the primary time.
Fujimoto’s latest one-shot, Look Again, is nothing like that. As a substitute, he crafts a shifting and devastating story about friendship, the diverging paths we soak up life, and why we create artwork. No guts, no gore, only a loving story about two associates who need to write manga collectively. Your entire story is at present accessible on Viz’s web site.
Look Again begins with a younger lady named Fujino, a assured scholar who is sweet at all the things she does, together with drawing manga for her scholar newspaper. Fujino absorbs the reward of everybody round her, till at some point, quiet truant Kyomoto, from the category subsequent door, submits a comic book of her personal. Kyomoto’s work is gorgeous and cinematic — her work, whereas not as humorous as Fujino’s, is an in depth research of empty rooms and sunlit buildings. “Fujino’s artwork seems completely common subsequent to Kyomoto’s,” Fujino’s classmates say, to her horror. At first, Kyomoto’s aptitude spurs Fujino to observe her artwork as a lot as potential, however finally, her incapacity to surpass Kyomoto discourages her, and he or she quits.
Nevertheless, after being tasked with delivering a commencement certificates to Kyomoto, Fujino lures the truant out of her bed room with a comic book. Within the strip, a crowd roars in a stadium, “It’s the shut-in world championship finals! Kyomoto is in first by a large lead,” it jokes.
Fujino slips the strip beneath the door and begins to depart till Kyomoto chases her down. Sweaty, with messy hair in all places, Kyomoto tells Fujino that she impressed her personal work, and asks Fujino why she stopped drawing. Brashly, Fujino says she solely give up as a result of she began engaged on her first e-book: a one-shot. On her approach dwelling, Fujino romps within the rain and reaches for the sky. When she will get dwelling, she picks up her pencil to begin the primary draft of the story she bragged about. Thus kicks off a years-long relationship between the 2 of them drawing manga collectively beneath the moniker Kyo Fujino.
Chainsaw Man, like Look Again, is gut-wrenching in an emotional sense. However Look Again spares the viewers the center and gore. It’s additionally extra approachable than Chainsaw Man and different shonen sequence prefer it. Some shonen are lots of of chapters lengthy, and have been operating for years. I blazed by means of Look Again in a single afternoon.
Look Again is a ravishing story of friendship, however what makes it a necessary learn for any new reader or veteran is the way it prompts readers to consider how the artwork of their palms was made. As the ladies draw, Fujimoto conveys the refined passage of time by making the ladies shift positions at their desks over the course of hours and hours. The time-lapse permits us to revel within the quantity of labor they put into making their goals come true. It demonstrates the straightforward actuality that any reader ought to know: Making manga takes time, work and sacrifice.
Towards the tip, Fujino questions why she makes manga in any respect. Working has turn into a troublesome trouble for her: “You’ll be able to draw aaall day lengthy and nonetheless be nowhere close to completed.” She’d be higher off simply studying manga, she causes. It’s a callback to the opening scene, the place a peer asks if she would need to turn into a manga author. Fujino says, “sitting at a desk all day sounds boring,” and says that being an expert athlete could be extra her pace.
So what brings the begrudging artist out of her personal unwillingness to create? Her buddy. The primary one that pushed her to enhance.
After Fujino expresses her doubt, Fujino cuts to a panel of Kyomoto’s drained eyes, trying up at her and reminding her of her duty to her buddy’s work. Kyomoto was the explanation she drew all alongside. After considering of her, Fujino goes into her room and modifications into extra snug garments, and he or she returns to her drawing desk.
Writing manga is a painful, laborious course of in good occasions. In dangerous occasions, creating artwork, writing, doing something actually, may be troublesome as we face the anguish of life. Nevertheless, irrespective of how laborious the act of creation is, manga turns into a approach for Fujino to precise her love of her buddy, and likewise hold her reminiscences of her alive. Ultimately, Fujimoto reveals Fujino, alone, her again dealing with us once more, and the town structure main our eyes to her — a reference to Kyomoto’s personal work as a background artist.