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As she reached the (premature) end of her efforts, Tobe started use the ongoing manga series of a boy with autism to look at other issues in Japanese society. Hikaru's mother must still deal with him hitting puberty; the entire family has to move to his unsympathetic grandmother's house, which means re-enacting a lot of her earlier hostility to his very presence in her life; but there are also some diversions into her right to to lead her own life without scrutiny from the younger generation, and the question of providing contraception for underage women (the latter feels somewhat pasted in, and was presumably a reaction to something going on in Japan at the time). As always, Tobe's art and prose are nicely observed and convey what it's like to live in a society I don't know with a problem that I do know.

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inner_storm
Aug. 27th, 2014 07:25 am (UTC)
Sounds good, one to put on my to-read list I think.
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