Celebrated creator Camilla D’Errico delivers a stunning visual journey, exploring emotion, temptation and what it means to be human.
Tanpopo is superhumanly intelligent and inhumanly emotionless; she is ruled by her mind and vast knowledge. Something inside of her suddenly breaks and her heart rises up to struggle against the ruling mind. Torn and confused, she now seeks her humanity, longing to feel what humans feel. Kuro, or “Poodle”, senses her distress. He promises Tanpopo that she will experience the full range of human emotions, of which love and happiness are the coveted prizes. Alas, such a rich reward cannot come without its price: Kuro is The Devil in disguise and he is after Tanpopo’s Soul. Will her quest for love set her free or will it shackle her for eternity? Each chapter of TANPOPO is inspired by a classic piece of literature. This premiere volume explores Goethe’;s FAUST, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, and the Chinese author P’u Sung-Ling’s STRANGE STORIES FROM A CHINESE STUDIO.
If you are a manga lover you definitely want to pick up TANPOPO. It combines beautiful illustrations with haunting yet lyrical prose. At time very poetic I couldn’t help rereading portions over and over as I flipped the pages because it was just that charming. Some readers might find it difficult to read because of the writing style but I found it enjoyable to follow little Tanpopo’s journey. Together with “Poodle” the little creature who is actually a devil named Kuro who later reveals himself to her she goes on a journey of discovery. I don’t quite know how to categorize this in my own head, playful yet sad? A love story that isn’t? Whatever it is, I loved it and eagerly await the next volume.
Illustrations – 5 stars – Absolutely gorgeous, sketch / manga style illustrations
Story– 5 – Haunting and lyrical
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