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Anyways, I’m a 26 years old guy from the Caribbeans currently finishing his studies in Paris.
I’ve been a manga fan for a while but one day, those changed my life. 6 years ago, while I pursued medical studies without great success, I turned to manga as an attempt to fill my sleepness nights.
One such nights led me to read a oneshot titled Hotel. I was deeply touched by this story and looked for more of this mangaka’s works, then pretty much unknown on the web. I found Present, another oneshot filled with emotions and, shortly after, Sun-Ken Rock focusing more on powerful actions. Only a handful of chapters were available on the web back then while 9 volumes were published in French. I didn’t sleep that day and went to the nearest bookstore at the first hour. As a result, I became a hardcore fan of these stories as well as the one who gave them life. What was I supposed to do with all those feelings and my will to share them? I had no one to talk to!
I’ve always been a big manga fan but let’s say that Boichi’s works were the ones who pulled me deep in it. I regret nothing! This love of manga and borderline fanatism of Boichi brought me so many things. And here I am today, happy to share yet another step together.
I’m sure we’ll get to know each others better.
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Where is humanity headed?
I bring you today a spoiler review of Boichi’s latest oneshot titled The Space Between. A 26 pages long story radically different from Boichi’s most recent manga and closer to the masterpiece that is Hotel.
Let’s hope to one day see it available in our languages. I really think everybody should be able to read it.
TL;DR: A look at humanity’s struggle between its survival on earth in the present and space’s infinite potential for the future. What’s the most urgent between the current situation and an uncertain future?
last-astronautThe story begins with a thought: “Why there are some people who yearn so much for outer space?”. Indeed, why would someone chose the utter silence and overwhelming solitude of the vacuum of space? How can someone willingly leave the warmth of our homeland to cast himself in this hostile environment?
Heavily rooted in reality, the story takes place in a potential future where NASA got dismantled in 2020 due to economic stagnation. Leaving by 2023 only one privately owned space station named Armstrong and its lone occupant, humanity’s last astronaut…
We follow Ursula Le Guin, newly appointed President of the IS&T company bearing the greatest economic power in history. She and 2 scientists, under the cover of an inspection, arrive to the Armstrong space station determined to bring back to Earth the stubborn and lone astronaut Gregory Benford. Indeed, it’s already been 2 years since IS&T decided to scrap Armstrong and pulled out its researchers. A decision that Benford has opposed ever since then while continuing his researches.
But why do that? Firstly, after 4 years in a weightless environment, Benford’s health is approaching the limits of what’s needed to live on earth. Little does he cares, he’s determined to have space as final residence. Secondly and more importantly, Armstrong’s maintenance and life support cost IS&T $170 million yearly. A sum that was originally supposed to turn the Amazon into a farm-belt and answer the needs of the overpopulated Earth. Who cares about space development when 5.2 billion are suffering from hunger? What a stubborn old man!
But Earth is a finite resource, as Benford says “When humanity has no place left to go, space is the only option”
He’s obviously not there for pleasure. Living in space isn’t easy and the loneliness alone would drive most mad. Ursula wonders why he would go so far to remain here? Still failing to persuade him 4 days later, only one way to settle this was left to the expedition: create a system failure forcing him to come back with them. What could go wrong?
boomWhile Ursula continue to try to persuade and understand Gregory, her colleagues are meddling with some vital equipment. But do they really know what they are doing? Catching a glimpse of them from a separate compartiment, Gregory barely has the time to shout a warning before a spark is ignited, resulting in an explosion killing both scientists on the spot. Ursula and Gregory are barely able to reach a “safe” shelter while the space station, shuttle and escape pods gets destroyed by the chain reaction.
A rescue operation can be hurried within 12 hours but their shelter itself got damaged and is leaking oxygen. With the air filled with shrapnels and barely 20 min ahead of them, they need to think quick. Their only hope are the EMUs (spacesuit) located in the node ahead? Sadly that area also got destroyed and the EMUs are drifting out of reach, aside from one stuck in the structure, across the vacuum of space…
With Ursula drifting to unconsciousness, Gregory decide to act. Human can temporarily survive in vacuum even though it results in intense pains. Skin hurts like its on fire, wounds splits open, blood boils, nerves hurts and so on… He decides to bears it all and open the airlock, dragging the unconscious Ursula toward the stuck EMU. Being the first persons to experience space with their own body, he puts her inside the lone spacesuit.
spaceShe wakes up shortly after, only to see the still alive astronaut gently pushing her away from the station’s remains, drifting in the opposite direction disappearing into Earth’s shadow…
The story close with IS&T’s president being rescued with Armstrong’s debris illuminating the Mediterranean sky in a “meteor shower”. “Those are debris of space… and Benford…” says Ursula as she remember her savior. She still doesn’t have an answer to her question about space if not that it may just be mankind’s destiny.
Hope for mankind is still alive as IS&T announce a long-term space development project 4 years after the Armstrong accident…
First left me say that despite all my effort, this spoiler review is far from doing this oneshot justice. It’s a really touching and deep oneshot about mankind’s future and the importance of space development in it. It pictures a potential course of event for our current world where space expeditions have been getting fewer and fewer in the past couple decades.
This story really remembered me of Hotel by the feelings it convey. Likewise, it forces us to question humanity’s decisions for the future and Boichi does it masterfully thanks to this story opposing two point of views. Should we focus on Earth or Space for our survival? King of a mix between Interstellar and Gravity, taking only the best from each movies.
The art is different from what Boichi accustomed us in Sun-Ken Rock or Wallman. The lines are thin and precise, fitting the mood of the story perfectly. I really love Boichi’s ability to adapt his art to the needs, it’s most obvious when reading Feed Yumin.
The character design of Gregory resembles Jirou’s from Wallman while Ursula is a beautiful woman in her thirties. Interesting to note that Gregory Benford and Ursula Le Guin are both names borrowed from existing sci-fi authors.
I really wish for everybody to one day be able to read this oneshot by Boichi. It address the essential question of the dead end that mankind will come to face while turning its back from the infinite potential of space.
I hope you liked this spoiler reviews. I’d be happy to read what you though of this story or if you have any question.
This oneshot is part of 2015′s Grand Jump Premium #3.
Hi, this must be kinda funny because I have this problem where I do have the stories to draw and at the same time I kinda don’t have the motivation nor the time to polish my drawing skills and starting to make my own manga. I have some skill but not the eye for the anatomy and proportions and I think it was a mistake to try the same style as master Boichi but damn who doesn’t want to draw the same way he does it’s really frustrating. I kinda want to know and read some opinions, some similar stories and some way to get more motivation. I think it’s all and thank you •-•
Thank you for sharing your worries on this. It’s great to see people trying their hand at creating stories.
I’m not Boichi but one of his recurrent advices in the AskBoichi is “do not copy someone else’s drawing“.
That might be why you’re lacking motivation. You’re stuck trying to reproduce someone else’s really detailed artwork and hence can’t really mold it to your stories. It’s getting stiff because you can only reuse existing poses and event which might not fit what you’re trying to tell.
As Boichi said, “Draw your own and improve your style. It’s okay if the first times your drawing style may seem immature.”
Don’t try to rush to the end line, there is not shortcut in efforts. Remember that Boichi-sensei art sure seems great but it’s the result of over 20 years of continuously drawing.
It’s fine if it takes you a while to find your style, and it should.
I’d also recommend you to read this AskBoichi about writing a story, maybe you’re trying to rush too much and skipping a couple key steps in your writing process: AskBoichi about Manga 7 – Writing a Story
Now for the motivation part, do you have persons reading your stories? Getting feedback and writing for someone can give you that little something that can be missing.
It’s fine if it’s not family or friends, there exists many groups online in forums or facebook with aspiring writers, mangaka and such, where people reads and gives feedback.
This is only my personal opinion and I hope it helped you.
Don’t hesitate if you want to talk more about it. Also, don’t hesitate to ask directly this question about motivation to Boichi-sensei in the next AskBoichi about Manga. I’m sure that even someone like him must have days where motivation is lacking, but that’s also what it means to be a pro!
Hi weaper, I really appreciate all of those advices you gave me, well I know that it’s wrong to copy someone else’s style, and I need to tell you, I don’t think I can call it my style or something but ever since I started drawing I tried to copy someone’s style, pretty disgusting for an artist I know x.x but in the end they became all those styles mixed together it’s pretty confusing at some point but I like my current “style”. It was wonderful to read your review, very helpful very encouraging, you have my thanks Weaper. Thank you very much