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Nanairo Inko
A Theatrical Manga That Colors Lives Comically
Date:05, Feb, 2013
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Our lives are getting much harder and harder day by day. Every single living environment gets worse and worse. We are losing a standard and a border that tells social norms. You can get it also from Japanese styles of life in these days. Playfulness seldom sees. In other words, Japanese are almost losing room.

A Japanese singer has sung a song that says life is a show. In line with that, it appears that we are mostly forced to play the vacuous shows. Living is void, indeed. So we are trying to get diverse sorts of pleasure for taking ourselves in, are trying to color our lives as much as possible.


Tezuka Osamu, an ace manga artist, wrote Nanairo Inko, meaning Rainbow Parakeet, from March, 1981 to May, 1983. Japanese high-growth got settled in 1970s and abuses of the amazing growth appeared at a time. Started the declining birth rate and cultural wandering. In a time like that, the manga was written.

Nanairo Inko is a manga on a theatrical performance. A main role is played by Inko; a mysterious understudying actor. He prodigiously acts any roles even if he was offered on the opening day. Moreover, Inko never receives a reward. You can see why from actual reading. Tezuka Osamu vividly shows us the enjoyment of acting and resolution to finish performing a life.

Inko doesn't live in the black world as main characters of other manga stories by Tezuka Osamu, like Black Jack or Midnight. He plays kind of a clown and has some poisonous character. Readers will feel familiar rather than long for.


Even the clown stings with himself. Tezuka says people all playact in a tale. In a sad case, it means self-contradiction of a character. Namely, it points you are not you. That is also karma people have to go along with in a highly developed society after all.

His identity is told in the final episode. However, it is death of Inko readers have felt close to, that is birth of an unfamiliar stranger. The back theme of Nanairo Inko tells you cannot grasp his true identity in a mature society when he is the oldest friend of yours.

We are, however, playacting today again with anguish just next to pleasure of acting. In order to show the theme of each life, and it might be to add sole grace to the vacant life.

Nanairo Inko, Rainbow Parakeet, certainly gives a color to a part of your life when you are acting yourself.


about Nanairo Inko

・Written and Illustrated by Tezuka Osamu
・Published by Akita Shoten
・Serialized from March 1981 to May 1983





 

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