"A Stitch In Time" – A Distant Neighborhood (manga) – 10/10 Sugar Cubes


If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. ~Pearl Buck

Genre: Drama/ Slice-of-life/ Seinen

Review Status: Full (2 Volumes/ 2 Volumes)

Licensed: Licensed in the US

Art: Very realistic, very nice and detailed.

Summary: “After a tiring business trip, a 48-year-old businessman took the wrong train and, instead of heading his home at Tokyo, the train took him to his birthplace at Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture. Being slightly drunk, he allowed himself to be taken back to his hometown, followed by visiting his mother’s grave. There, he suddenly felt sleepy, and when he woke up he found himself in the same graveyard — 34 years ago, wearing his middle school uniform.” (ANN.com)

Review: What if you were able to go back in time, knowing what you do now? That’s what happens to Hiroshi when he gets on the wrong train and ends up in his hometown. He doesn’t understand why he was taken back, or what to do about it, until he realizes that he was taken back a few months before a life-changing event. With his knowledge of the future, he sets out to find out why it happens and try to stop it.

This is a great manga. The art is very well done- you can tell the mangaka put a lot of heart into the details. The main character is very sympathetic, as a man who’s going through a midlife crisis and wondering what exactly is happening with his life. You also get involved with the side characters- even though you don’t get as involved with them, because of how short the manga is, they still come across as real people with their own worries and lives. While the story comes to a very solid conclusion, the reader may have some lingering questions, such as how much did his travel change the past. Even so, this is a delightful manga that would be a great short read for something that makes you think about where your life is going.

Overall, this is must-read. Absolutely fantastic.

Recommended: Yes, but I think that mostly those that are over thirteen would start to understand the nostalgia value this has for older readers. There’s some smoking and drinking, but other than that anyone could read it.

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Bunny Drop (manga),
Hotel (manga),
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms (manga),
Seizon LifE (manga),
Undercurrent (manga)
Ikigami (manga)

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