If there is a manga that is so fitting for me right now, it's Asano Inio's Solanin.
This manga has been on my to-read list ever since I went to the Manga Realities exhibit a year ago. Maybe it's kismet that I read this now at a time when it echoes my own thoughts.
Solanin is a story about a twenty-something Meiko who is feeling aimless about her life, probably encountering the so-called quarter life crisis that plagues most of us during that age. She quits her job and, together with her live-in boyfriend Taneda and their group of college friends, decides to find the answers to what freedom, purpose, and happiness really means.
Here are some of the notable quotes from the manga:
Freedom without any purpose feels a whole lot like boredom.
The lyrics I struggled to create are only made up so I would have something to sing. Nothing genuine can come out of these flat and boring and ambiguous lives we're living, out of faking your worries for the sake of it.
It's because you haven't found that something you simply have to convey to people.
That's why we're using this moment to change the days spent using the rest of our lives to the the days building the rest of our lives.
But at times I remember that I'm making no contribution to society and I feel like the dead, someone who doesn't exist. It's terrifying. It keeps me up at night sometimes.