What does /a/ think of Freesia?
I finished reading it today and while I enjoyed it thoroughly, I am left with more questions than answers. The narrative seemed constantly blurry, leading me to question what was real and what was hallucinations.
What was the deal with Kano and Higuchi? Was Kano a sociopath? suffering from schizophrenia/PTSD? And what happened in the end? Did he survive?
Will shamelessly self-bump with a few non-spoilerish pictures.
I know I'm not the only one who read this.
Read Alice in hell.
I'll definitely start reading the other works from the same author now. I've heard good things about Becchin to Mandala too.
That fucking author always depresses me, but I still keep coming back for more
It's my favorite manga. I fucking love his art style.
God that girl was so kawaii.
The whole part with this woman was great.
The hunt in the jungle was really fun to read as well. I especially enjoyed the parallel development of (fuck I can't remember any names) protagonist-sama's duel and rookie-kun's fight with the thug.
What do you like about it? its just looks like scribbles.
The blonde haired guy? I almost felt bad for him after it was revealed he wasn't always that psychotic abusive guy.
I like the author's art style too. It's very sketchy and rough but it does a good job at conveying landscapes and city buildings. There's also a brilliant use of black and white at times, in Freesia at least.
And I guess I won't have my answer, so here's one of my favorite pages.
>What do you like about it?
It looks like scribbles. I like scribbles.
Seriously though. I think he draws very well and is a great artist. I believe you can see that despite the very rough style. Or maybe even because of the very rough style. If a drawing isn't very polished, you can quickly see how well someone understands his craft by how his scribbles are.
What I like about that style is that it fits the setting of his stories. They complement each other.
Nah the third one. The guy that started out very idealistic and soon became the archetypical realistic utilitarist just-doin-my-job guy.
There are no answers. Only more questions. And yeah, Matsumoto Jiro is awesome. I don't normallly like this kind of stuff, but his writing is brilliant.
"Scribbles" is just a sketchier art style where the artist does not decide to draw thick black marker as a border on everything and it creates a livelier picture where shadows will appear natural of their own accord. I also believe the worlds Jiro draws look "dirtier" and lived in, properly depicting a run down society.
The standard manga art style is boring and I wish there were more skilled artists that challenged themselves to make something that does not look like something done on a computer.
Jiro Matsumoto is a fucking genius. Freesia is definitely one of his better works and haunted me for quite some time after finishing it back in the day. Though for me the finale wasn't the climax of the story. The part where the MC's girlsfriend turned out to be dead was.
I strongly recommend to have a look at all other works of Jiro, but also at my favourite:
Mikai no Hoshi
Regarding your spoiler, I thought it was kinda strange she came out unscathed when he found her, and something felt a bit off. The realization hit pretty hard though.
I wanted more after that, the last volume felt a bit abrupt. Kano was starting to change it seems, and then it just ends.
It's one of my favorites. I love how seeing the world from Kano's perspective made it difficult to tell what was real. One of the most interesting "insane" characters I can think of.
I've been reading through Matsumoto Jiro's other works lately, and they're all great. So far, I still find Freesia to be the best, though.
Looking back, I don't know how I didn't see that coming, but it really caught me off guard. It should have been so obvious, but still managed to be a great twist.
The story was pretty solid, though I read it more for the general trippiness.
Also regarding the reveal mentioned here
The only reason I actually believed she had escaped when it made zero sense at the time, (I remember actually asking "How?" at the time but then dropped the question immediately as the story moved on) was because I really /wanted/ to believe it was true.
One of the best subtle details was that it was in the cupboard he won- it gives you the illusion that some sort of fate had made everything work out for the better. It's less obvious than if she had simply showed up unharmed in a room somewhere.
The fact that he could pull of a twist based not on logical misdirection (we know the main character hallucinates often, in some cases to cope, and the circumstances of her survival didn't make sense) but almost entirely on emotional manipulation and unreliable narration is amazing. Plus the fact that it directly mirrors the MC thoughts- we successfully buy into his delusions as we continue to see things from his perspective. I think that alone is what brings it up from "sort of interesting" to something I'd definitely recommend.