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A Zoo in Winter

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Written by  Jiro Taniguchi
English publisher  Fanfare/Ponent Mon
Magazine  Big Comic Original
Author  Jiro Taniguchi
Copyright date  2009, 2011
Published by  Shogakukan
Demographic  Seinen
Original run  2005 – 2007
Illustrator  Jiro Taniguchi
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Genres  Slice of life, Romance novel
Similar  Jiro Taniguchi books, Other books

A Zoo in Winter (冬の動物園, Fuyu no Dōbutsuen) is a Japanese one-shot manga written and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi. It was serialized in the Shogakukan seinen manga magazine Big Comic Original between 2005 and 2007. The manga's seven chapters were compiled into a single tankōbon and released on 28 March 2008. A Zoo in Winter was translated into English and released by Fanfare/Ponent Mon on 23 June 2011. It was nominated for the Outstanding Graphic Novel category in the 16th Ignatz Awards in 2012.

Plot

Hamaguchi is an 18-year-old whose dream of becoming a graphic artist can not find fulfilment in his every-day job as an office drone for a clothing wholesaler. He moves to Tokyo and, thanks to a friend, gets a job as a famous manga artist's assistant. Though the job is demanding and the hours are impossible (especially as deadlines near), he feels he has found his calling.

He starts to work on his own manga with the little free time he has, but lacks the self-confidence to get very far. One day he is introduced to a pretty young girl of fragile health whom he is asked to walk around on those days she can get out of the hospital. With her encouragements and her input, he finds the focus to complete his manga and submit it to a publishing company. However, her deteriorating condition prevents him from acting out on his growing love for her.

References

A Zoo in Winter Wikipedia


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