At the Time of Dad's Deluxe Edition of Jiro Taniguchi | Review


Published on Feb 15, 2019


In the Manga it revives in a new Deluxe edition, At the Time of Dad or one of the works that most embody the intent, and the poetic works of Jiro Taniguchi.

Yoichi receives a sudden phone call from his sister, their father is dead. The man then has to leave in a hurry and a fury to return to Tottori, the city of his birth. There, waiting for us are family and close friends around the corpse of the father, and in mourning.

Then starts a long way back where Yoichi through his memories, those of his sister and of his uncle, above all, will live the life, and her relationship with the father from whom you had drifted gradually but surely after some of the events remained etched in his memory and consciousness.

The fire – actually happened – that ravaged the city then becomes the triggering event that marks the end of childhood and beginning of adolescence for Yoichi. The father, a barber, loses the shop and the mother, to start the reconstruction of the salon, accepts a loan from the parents. This leads the father to throw himself headlong into the work and trying to pay back the loan as quickly as possible and keeping intact his honor. In the eyes of a child the figure of a paternal wetsuit so calm and quiet taciturn and introverted, fueling a separation with the mother that results in a divorce that is impossible to understand.

With the mother out of his life, the teenager Yoichi throws herself headlong into the sport first, and seeks in the affection of a pet then, to fill that void while the blame falls in a manner unavoidable to the father guilty of having sent away the mother.

The meeting with the mother, who in the meantime had rebuilt a life and a new family, it marks the passage instead to the adult age. The father had decided to remarry, but Yoichi had now gained disaffection to the family and the father I decided to embark on a university career in Tokyo and finding success in work and love there. Now, after more than ten years after his last visit to Yoichi finds himself face to face with the father and with his native city, discovering unusual points of view and details on all the events on her life and on that of the city.

I do not want the other great work of Taniguchi's The Walking Man, our review HERE – but it is, perhaps, At the Time of Dad's work that best represents the poetics and intentions.

At the Time of the Dad is a journey, a painful, melancholic and nostalgic in the life of a man, in his feelings and his uncertainties. The book ideally you could split it in two parts: in the first, the player is motivated by a sincere curiosity about the reasons that have led Yoichi to turn away from the father while in the background there is a masterly reconstruction of the life of Japan is less urban since world War ii, with much of the most faithful historical reconstruction of the fire. In the second the background is blurred and the size is more personal according to Yoichi to explore the art – in this case, the photo – element which will contain both good and bad, “the independence”.

Jiro Taniguchi chisel a family fresco vibrant and extremely realistic. The not-said, and then the inability to communicate, then become the keystone of a relationship father/son complex and made difficult by the difficulties of life in which the positions become diametrically opposing, almost irreconcilable, and there is only a gesture of relaxation, which is expressed, instead, in death as the ultimate horizon of existence, and the ultimate criterion for judging actions and behaviors so as to bring change in a sensitive manner the point of view of the protagonist is not only the father but also on his birthplace.

From the graphic point of view, She reserves a particular attention to the figures – which appear rarely entire – and, of course, to their expressiveness. The stretch is safe but essential, leaving to the natural elements of a complex work details while the faces often appear without backgrounds as not to distract the reader. The table is built with a certain rigor, a few panes – often broad and horizontal – to evoke as well the memories and states of mind in a clear and transparent way.

The new Deluxe edition of the Planet Manga sees the cardboard cover to replace the one brossurata and for the first time At the Time of the Dad is offered with a sense of the original reading. There are no extras, if not the timely post-faction signed by the same Century in which the Sensei confesses the inspiration biographical and historical book vanished then in a story of pure invention. Translation definitely sliding only a few very small uncertainty in the phase of adaptation, however, does not affect the reading.

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