Manga Review: Days on Fes Vol. 4 (2022) by Kanato Oka

“Take a peek into the previous as Gaku remembers his first music pageant! After stumbling upon a café that shares his title, he’s invited by the aged proprietor to return alongside to an in a single day tenting pageant. Gaku doesn’t know what to anticipate, however his coronary heart is stolen by the sights and sounds he finds there…!” (Yen Press)

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Every quantity of “Days on Fes” acted as a celebration of music and the tradition surrounding the enjoyment of stay music. Moreover, its give attention to 4 completely different characters at completely different levels of discovering their passions allowed the reader to narrate to both the hardened pageant goer or the beginner operating round in a frenzy. It has made the sequence a real love letter to the lifetime of a devoted audiophile, which might develop into varied methods individuals expertise stay music. Nonetheless, quantity 4 takes a step again from this formulation and offers us extra backstory, additional pushing the endearing nature of the pristine slice-of-life title.

Studying the origins behind Gaku; how he got here to personal his espresso store, his passing of his love of music to his little sister, and his introduction to Ritsu frames the significance of constructive neighborhood in constructing a ardour for music. Basically, each constructive or profound second in Gaku’s life is intertwined (or maybe scored) by music pulling him in direction of sure individuals and locations. The type and honest nature of Gaku hinted at a previous constructed by the love of music, however to have the tales really informed provides deeper appreciation to the kindhearted store proprietor.

As with the earlier volumes, the artwork of Kanato Oka remains to be very mild and playful, with an emphasis on capturing the mannerisms of the characters. The aesthetic just isn’t overly flashy but it surely does seize the eagerness of the crew together with the thrill surrounding stay music performances. Regardless, the artist has a becoming type for the slice-of-life style the place conveying the spirit of the characters is crucial.

“Days of Fes” are virtually coming to an finish, with one future quantity launched earlier than seeing the 4 concertgoers off. The sequence has change into a private favourite (making our greatest of 2021 listing) because it actually is likely one of the finest celebrations of music fandom you’ll come throughout. General, the current launch reconfirms the feelings and celebrations round music that got here earlier than it–an idyllic interlude for an already distinctive slice of life.

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