Saturn Apartments

Saturn Apartments

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Comic Book - 2010
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"Far in the future, humankind has evacuated the earth in order to preserve it. Humans now reside in a gigantic structure that forms a ring around the earth, 35 kilometers up in the sky. The society of the ring is highly stratified: the higher the floor, the greater the status. Mitsu, the lowly son of a window washer, has just graduated junior high. When his father disappears and is assumed dead, Mitsu must take on his father's occupation. As he struggles with the transition to working life, Mitsu's job treats him to an outsider's view into the living-room dioramas of the Saturn Apartments"--Cover, P. [4].
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Viz Media, 2010, c2006
Edition: Viz signature ed
ISBN: 9781421533643
1421533642
Branch Call Number: YNF 741.5952 IWA NVD
Characteristics: 184 p. : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Thorn, Matt

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skyekilaen
Feb 13, 2017

Quiet, thoughtful slice-of-life manga about Mitsu, a young man who takes a job washing the windows of a station in near-Earth orbit. All humans live there, having abandoned the Earth to keep it as a nature preserve. Mitsu’s father died doing the same job, and the story (so far) mostly revolves around Mitsu’s attempts to learn more about his father by following his vocation and working with people who knew him.

Saturn Apartments is kind of like Makoto Yukimura’s Planetes, in that it focuses on the lives of working class people in a science fiction setting. It’s more about characters than human colonization of space, though, especially as Mitsu begins to interact more with his coworkers, their families, and clients of his window-washing company.

The art is a little funny, with characters of all ages drawn with toddler proportions, i.e. big heads, small bodies. Older characters do look a little less toddler-y than junior high graduate Mitsy, so I adjusted pretty quickly. And it’s more than made up for by the amazing perspective work with rooms, both large and small, and the exterior of the station during work shifts. Several times I had to stop just to gawk at a specific panel.

Very much recommended!

PimaLib_Teens Mar 19, 2015

Science fiction writers don't seem to be very optimistic. I'm not judging, I'm just saying. The future is always more of the same human mistakes, just with spacesuits. And yet we keep reading it. It must be because mistakes are more interesting than perfection. (There, I've just handed you the perfect excuse the next time you mess up on something.) Iwaoko has written a science fiction manga filled with characters that could live next door to you, living with the same small joys and problems as we do now.

Saturn Apartments reads like a series of interconnected short stories, each understated and moving. The art is simple but eloquent – much is said in a tilt of the head or a sideways glance. And there's a cat in a spacesuit! What's not to love about that?

Roxannajayc May 30, 2012

A wonderful story of potential utopia - the story follows Mitsu a window washer on his home planet of saturn.

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Aug 03, 2017

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