Abandon the Old in Tokyo

Yoshihiro Tatsumi

I haven’t been keeping up with Adrian Tomine, or the last few issues of Optic Nerve for that matter. So that might be why I also missed hearing about this series of translations of Tatsumi’s work, which Tomine is editing/designing/lettering. This book represents work originally published in 1970 and the epitome of his “gekiga” style, somewhat the opposite of manga. Each story, while tinged with humor in parts, is generally bleak and includes some key unsettling or profoundly melancholy moment.

The way Tatsumi’s male protagonists are all drawn similarly reminds me somewhat of Murakmai’s “Boku”—though the natures of protaganists themselves feel much different.