Thursday, April 26, 2018

Reader's Diary #1804- Hiroya Oku: Inuyashiki 1

I absolutely loved the first volume in Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki.

First off, it's so rare to see an elderly character in any comic, so right away I liked Ichiro Inuyashiki, the main character. He is still only 58, which is still older than most characters, but he looks even older. He is down on himself and his family doesn't help matters with their complete lack of respect. Again, I haven't come across a midlife crisis manga before. It only spirals down further when he discovers that he is dying on stomach cancer. Perhaps the saddest moment in the whole book is when he tries calling his wife and kids on their phones to give them the bad news and not one of them chooses to answer.

The plot goes crazy from there.

One night Ichiro is accidentally blown up by aliens. They decide however to "fix" this by replacing him with an android version and uploading Ichiro's consciousness into it. He doesn't even realize at first that his body is no longer his own. Once he does, however, he slowly begins his transformation into a superhero.

Towards the end, a younger character is introduced whose undergone the same transformation and while I'm somewhat interested to see where it goes, I hope Oku doesn't lose focus on the old guy. As the series is named after Ichiro, I don't think I need to worry too much.

Along with the compelling story and unique characters, the art is amazing. The characters are suitably emotional, and the line work, especially on objects and backgrounds, is so detailed it appears lifelike at times.

1 comment:

Nikki in Niagara said...

I liked this series but didn't finish it (to date). I'm pretty sure the 2nd volume concentrates on the kid he meets at the end but the old guy returns after that. This series gets very, very dark (and for me that's saying something lol) and one volume left me so disturbed I really didn't want to read the next volume (but of course I had too)