Manga Discussion: Inside Mari

Inside MariKeeping me on the edge of my seat the entire read through, Inside Mari was a fantastic and interesting ride. This series is a very unique take on identity, and to some extent, a study on the way people deal with the problems in their lives. While I can’t go into too much detail due to spoilers and the way the narrative flows, I can say that one of the main themes has to do with societal expectations of an individual; this is especially pointed out by the contrast between two of the characters of the story. The study on dealing with problems is also intermingled with that specific narrative, and only further emphasizes the first theme. This is a series I would highly recommend on the physiological aspect alone, and while I can’t really say why I say that without spoiling the series, it is something I can see just about anyone enjoying, even with the couple of annoyances the series has (such as how some of its sequences feel rather repetitive). This series is written by the same author as The Flowers of Evil, Shuuzou Oshimi, who also happens to be working on the currently ongoing series, Happiness; so if you like either of those, you might find yourself comfortable here as well (this series also had a similar feel to the works of Inio Asano, so if you like his writing this might be a perfect series for you). The ending of this series is very well done and incredibly well orchestrated from the beginning; he knew exactly where he wanted to go from the very beginning. As such, I consider this a series that you should certainly take a look at, especially if you’re in one of the groups I already mentioned. The gripping story, and beautifully written characters combine to make a fantastic series, even with its minor annoyances; and so, I would give it a:

9 out of 10.

Also, I still have yet to receive a short manga recommendation from you guys, so if you’d like to hear a review of a series you just love, head over to this page and leave a comment. 🙂


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