Sunday, August 4, 2013

Body & Soul, by Erica Sakurazawa

Body & Soul, Tome 2Body & Soul, Tome 2 by Erica Sakurazawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is nice to read something that it is not the usual: meet-a-guy/impress him/have-a-lot-of-doubts/deal with it and all the hobstacles/happy-ending.
This is mainly about the development of the protagonist and, in my opinion, the highlighting of how "today" is and how it affects people, and especially women.
People do not find the cause of their problems: they just try to find patches that can temporarily making feel them better. But it doesn't work, the body and the soul will pay for all these mistakes.
And, in this manga, this is reflected in the wrong relationships carried on by the protagonist as well as how to deal with common health issues.
The manga is targetting mainly women, but I think it could be enjoyed by a younger reader and even a man, although I would think that he would find some things a bit silly and ridiculous.
The drawings are quite modern, they reminded me of "Kimi wa pet", but slightly less sophisticated and detailed.
I enjoyed both the story, as well as the "recommendations" (or suggestions) proposed at the beginning of each chapter, although there was a bit too much obsession towards "sweating" (!).
It was maybe very simplified that finally the protagonist, Miku, gets enlightened and find that all the things said to her were actually correct, but it shows also her way to find her indipendence from her fear to be alone.
The manga takes place in just two volumes and it is perfect, since it doesn't have the time to become too boring or too ripetitive.

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