“Abandon the Old in Tokyo “is the second in a three-volume series that collects the short stories of Japanese cartooning legend Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Designed and edited by Adrian Tomine, the first volume, “The Push Man and Other Stories,” debuted to much critical acclaim and rightfully placed Tatsumi as a legendary precursor to the North American graphic-novel movement. “Abandon the Old in Tokyo “continues to delve into the urban underbelly of 1960s Tokyo, exposing not only the seedy dealings of the Japanese everyman but Tatsumi’s maturation as a story writer.” – via GoodReads.com
I was quite surprised with the stories in this collection by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Actually, I wasn’t too sure what I was going to be reading other than “every day life” in 60’s / 70’s Tokyo. The collection of short stories took me off guard for how simple and simultaneously complex they are. They do present a glimpse into everyday life however there’s subversive twists to the stories….reminds me a little of Twilight Zone.