Review: Genkaku Picasso Vol. 2 by Usamaru Furuya

Own the book: No
Source: Library
Format: Paperback
Price: N/A
Date Read: 22nd June 2014

Read my review for Genkaku Picasso Vol. 1 here.

As in Volume 1, Volume 2 is once again centered around the main characters of Hikari ‘Picasso’ Hamura, a budding artist, and his angel best friend Chiaki Yamamoto, both of whom are school-aged teens. They are joined by some of the people helped by Picasso and Chiaki from the first book, now friends of Picasso. I liked the continuation and inclusion of more characters, especially since they had been helped by Picasso and Chiaki and were then in a position to help others.

I enjoyed the second volume of stories even more than the first, mainly because it faced a lot of even more challenging topics; bullying, gender identification and finding the courage to follow your dreams and work hard to make them come true. Difficult topics for any book, but ones which I think were covered well – from my perspective at least.

I look forward to reading Volume 3!

 

Rating: ♥♥♥

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Review: Genkaku Picasso Vol. 1 by Usamaru Furuya

Own the book: No
Source: Library
Format: Paperback
Price: N/A
Date Read: 13th June 2014

This is the first of a three-volume set by the author Usamaru Furuya, centred around the main character Hikari ‘Picasso’ Hamura, a budding artist, and his best friend Chiaki Yamamoto, both of whom are school-aged teens. Given the age difference between myself and the characters I did wonder if this was a little young for me but found that the problems faced by the characters were still fitting and applied to me.

The volumes are split into chapters, each of which focuses on a character, their problem and the solution to their woe. In the first chapter, Picasso and Chiaki are involved in an accident – one which proves fatal to Chiaki who then becomes an angel-like being, helping Picasso with his new problem. He rots. You see, he should have died too but thanks to the prayers of Chiaki he was saved to help others. This he does by drawing what is in a troubled person’s heart and solving that problem with Chiaki (and sometimes others) assistance. An interesting idea and one I haven’t seen before! In the first volume this includes problems and misunderstandings from childhood, bullying and more. I really enjoyed this book and would certainly encourage others to try it – I especially enjoyed the images of the troubled hearts – they were amazing and so detailed. Each one told a detailed and somewhat intricate story.

Like Alice in the Country of Hearts, this is a Japanese styled visual novel, reading from right to left across the page and from the back to the front of the book. After a few pages you get into the swing of things and stop thinking about it. After reading I looked up the translation of ‘Genkaku’ and found that it could mean rigid or severe – fitting for Picasso’s character.

So yes, if you’re looking for something different to read please give this a try.

 

Rating: ♥♥♥