Wandering Island

Wandering Island


Graphic Novel - 2016
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"Mikura Amelia is a free-spirited young woman who lives alone with her cat and operates an air-delivery service to Japan's small island communities thousands of miles out in the Pacific. When her grandfather dies, she finds he left her a package addressed to an island that doesn't exist"--
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Manga, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781506700793
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5952 T7898W01 2016
Characteristics: 190 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Language Note: Translated from the Japanese
Alternative Title: Wandering island, Volume 1


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forbesrachel Apr 19, 2017

When Mikura Amelia's grandpa dies, she finds that he has left her not only their business, Amelia Air Services, but a legacy as well, a package destined for a place that doesn't exist on any map... a wandering island. Setting out on her Fairey Swordfish, this independent young woman stumbles upon it one day before crashing, and ever after becomes determined to make the delivery. Tsuruta lovingly renders each setting, person, and object with fine detail. Through the drawings alone we get a sense of what it is like to live on one of these remote, sparsely populated Japanese islands. Houses are lived in and worn, fishing is a staple, and small planes (like the one that Mikura flies) are important for acquiring needed supplies, and connecting to the broader world. It is a work-filled, quiet life, and the people all depend on one another. The culture, and some of the history specific to these islands is also alluded to in little ways; the notes at the back speak about the commonality of having western names because of the people's mixed heritage. These notes also point out some of the interesting tidbits which Tsuruta included in his work, so they are well worth reading. Like life on the islands, the tone and pace is fairly laid back. Mikura has patience and determination, putting in years of research just to find this island. We don't get to see much of her time with her grandpa, but this act shows how strong her bond with him was, and how desperate she is to maintain that connection. This is one of those little known gems that fortunately was picked up and translated, so if you see it, take a look, it's very beautiful.


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