This leaves the page free to explode with realistic illustrative details of sOishinbo really exemplifies the Japanese style of simplifying the human elements of graphic storytelling medium and illustrating them in the most simplistic of terms.
This leaves the page free to explode with realistic illustrative details of sake and other alcohol's presentation; exhaustively detailed writings on the historical and cultural implications of spirit consumption.
When you set the volume down, the initial impression you're left with is that you've just read the equivalent of a Japanese Sunday newspaper comics page.
This quickly recedes as your mind begins to recount what amounts to an entire apprenticeship's worth of information from a top sommelier or chef.
The effect is dizzying, and is especially true in this, my favorite volume in the series so far.
A word of caution: Oishinbo has been running for many years in Japan. These collected à la carte volumes group the stories thematically by food–not by chronology. This can have a jarring affect, at times, as certain characters' relationships change wildly between stories. To the author and editor's credit, they do fill in the background in each volume of the series with character profiles and an ample glossary of the more foreign concepts.
This warning aside, for fans of food and drink, manga, Japanese culture, or mastery of the sequential graphic form, this series as a whole comes highly recommended. There's literally nothing else like it....Continua