Friday 14 January 2022

Book Review: The Lines That Define Me Vol. 1 by Togami & Horiuchi (Contemporary Manga)

Title: The Lines That Define Me Vol. 1
Author: Togami & Horiuchi
Publisher: Kodansha
Publication Date: 18 January 2022
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Contemporary Manga
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Sosuke Aoyama is a college student adrift on his own...until a chance meeting with suibokuga artist Kozan Shinoda brings him into the world of India-ink painting. But though he finds connection with the art and Shinoda himself, there's more to both the art world and Shinoda's family than Sosuke realizes...


The Lines That Define Me Vol. 1 was a lovely opening volume to a new contemporary manga. I recently watched the anime Blue Period, and both stories show how art changes the protagonist, who until then felt adrift, although they have slightly different focuses. So it's obviously a popular theme at present; but it's one I like. The illustration here was beautiful done, the characters were well presented and the story line was interesting. I would certainly be keen to keep reading, to see how Sosuke progresses in his art journey. If you already know Blue Period, you are sure to like this too, but I also recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary, self-exploration stories and art.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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