Author: Kan Takahama
Collection: Universe of authors
B&W Grey tones
Dimensions: cm 600.1×0.2×870
Price: € 16.00
Release Date: 21/03/2012
Shiori, an actress, has a life she hates –drug addiction, abuse from her alcoholic husband and the inevitable attempted suicide. So Shiori escapes to take refuge at a friend’s . But this friend also has a drug problem and so Shiori flees again, lost, without much hope her wandering leads her successively from a former lover and into the world of prostitution. A slow drift-like descent into hell, which, after a detour through the family home and a brief dalliance with religion Shiori finds herself at the gates of homelessness and death.
This is a very powerful story of a young woman standing on the edge of a precipice and it takes just one step to fall into oblivion. However, at the end, there is a glimmer of hope. A slice-of-life story played out each day in the real world.
The art here is quite exquisite. I’m not sure how Kan Takahama works –digitally or a combination of drawing and digital- but I’ve looked through the art on this book 3-4 times already. There is a use of solid black but the scenes are played out using an absolute masterful use of grey tones –something the Japanese mastered years ago but this is the ultimate.
I still love my solid monotones but I do appreciate top quality use of grey tones! And the characters and settings are also top notch. Lovely cover. Beautifully drawn book.