Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sakamichi no Apollon (Jammin' Apollon) by Yuki Kodama

Sakamichi No Apollon: 10 (Bonus Track)Sakamichi No Apollon: 10 by Yuki Kodama
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How this manga has developed during the 10 volumes has not always been having the same "quality". Some chapters have been very well written, while some others have been a bit boring and less intriguing.
I thought that the most interesting aspect of the story was the setting. It is the first time that I read something set during the 60s and, although the historical aspect is just brushed, both the drawing and the story per se' got a very nice patina thanks to such choice (or maybe the other way round).
The characters are another strong aspect of this work; they are not exactly trivial, they are very complex and what I believe emerges very clearly is how each of them (especially the three main protagonists) needs each other in order to develop or to be more complete.
Despite this, the favorite part of the story is the one involving Jun and Yurika, even though it is just a minor story which however plays an important role in order to get a proper start to the main plot.
If the definitive end of the story lacks some originality, there are some nice elements of surprise which were pleasant to find in a quite classical plot.

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