Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Next Stop, The Twilight Zone!
We're always on the lookout for new series, and luckily for us, no one had picked this one up yet. This is the first chapter of Shimanami Tasogare (Shimanami Twilight) by Yuuki Kamatani of Nabari no Ou fame. It started serialization in Shogakukan's Hibana magazine last year, but even though that magazine is a monthly, this manga is serialized on a bimonthly schedule, so it only gets 6 chapters a year. That's why even though it started serialization about a year ago, it only has one volume right now (and currently, chapter 7 was released in February). The story is as follows:
After recently moving to Onomichi, Hiroshima, high school student Tasuku Kaname is thrown into despair at the possibility that he may have been outed for being gay. Convinced his life is over, his despair turns into shock when he sees a woman jump out of a window of a nearby house. Tasuku races to the house in a panic only to discover that it's a public meeting lounge owned by the woman he saw before. Tasuku comes face to face with the woman as she walks past him unharmed, but not before she implies that she had been watching him from afar. Confused, Tasuku follows her up to the top of a steep hill where she offers to briefly listen to what's on his mind. Although Tasuku doesn't go into too much detail, he later accepts her invitation to come to the lounge to meet others with similar troubles.
Also, as a note to the title, Shimanami refers to the Nishiseto Expressway, also called the Shimanami Expressway, which has an endpoint in Onomichi. Kamatani's stylistic approach and his attention to detail are definitely high points for this series. In some ways, it's similar to Akiko Higashimura's style, so please check it out if you're interested.
Shimanami Tasogare ch. 1: Mediafire, Dropbox